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Half Dome HikeSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 07 2012
Hiking16.50 Miles 4,800 AEG
Hiking16.50 Miles   12 Hrs      1.57 mph
4,800 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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Lets just start this trip log out by saying WOW! The idea of hiking Half Dome first came up back in November at Thanksgiving dinner when my brother and his wife asked me if I would be interested in going to Yosemite and hiking Half Dome with them in the summer. At the time yosemite sounded like a great idea, but half Dome seemed impossable for me to do. Before I knew it somewhere between November and June I had been convinced to hike half Dome!
Thursday morning the three of us were up at 4:30 am and out the door by 5am. the cabin we were staying in was in Yosemite west which was only about a half hour drive from Yosemite valley. By 5:30 we were at the trail head. Light was already coming thru the canyons so there was no need for head lamps as we started up the Mist trail. The air made the mist from Vernon falls very cold but still amazingly beautiful. Next up was Nevada falls then little Yosemite valley. By this point the alltitude was already messing with me, but we kept trekking. We found ourselves surrounded by deer in areas. Soon we came up to the subdome. Beyond the subdome I could see the cables in the distance....My first real glance at the cables! My heart about fell out of my chest and I asked myself why was I here?! I swallowed the lump in my throat and some how managed to make it up the subdome and at this point the cables were right in front of me. I managed to go about 15 feet up the cables before I looked back down (stupid idea) and told my sister in law I couldn't go any further and needed to go back down.
Thankfully she knows how to talk me into things and just kept telling me to look at her backpack (she was in front of me). Before I knew it we had a rythem down and the cables didn't seem to bad after all. Well as long as i didn't look down, up or to the sides. The one thing I didn't like was when someone would try to pass you going up the cables. I think it took us about 30 minutes to get up the cables and there we were, the top of Halfdome! It looked like what I would imagine the moon to look like. The views were something else! At the top we made some backpacking meals and coffee before we explored the area. When we checked out the side that faced Glacier Point we saw to climbers come up over the edge. They were a very nice couple from France that we had the pleasure of talking to. After about an hour or so on top it was time to make our way back down those scary cables. Going down was worses, but the people around you would talk you thru it which was a blessing! We had gone down about 40 feet when a large aluminum water bottle escaped from someones pack behind us. Everyone on the cables froze as we watched the bottled plumit down below us. The cables were dead silent for about 10 minutes after that, as we all had a reality check. Back at the bottem of the cables I wanted to kiss the ground, but the unfriendly Subdome still awaited us. That portion of the hike its self could use some type of cables in places but we made it down with out any issues. By 5:30-6:00 pm we were back at our vehicle and celebrating our accomplishment!
I must say, the adrenaline rush was nuts, the scenery and views were amazing, and I was so proud that I did it but I don't know if I can work up enough courage to do it again. If you ever find yourself in Yosemite and have the courage to do halfdome, I highly recommend it!!
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