Yosemite - Climbing Half Dome
September 23rd, 2005
We arrived in Yosemite with the intention of hiking the Panoramic Trail to Glacier Point. We started the hike and were already a mile along the path
when we passed a sign that read 'Glacier Point - 8.5 miles, Half Dome - 8.5 miles'.
We stopped, thought about it for a second, and wondered if we were really prepared....but Half Dome just sounded cooler!
We changed our course right there.
What we didn't consider was the fact that Half Dome is 1,600ft higher than Glacier Point.
And if we'd known that the climb would be so tough, we would have brought some gloves for the climb up the cables.
Distance Hiked - 17 miles round-trip (from Happy Isles bridge)
Elevation Gain - 4,800 ft
Time Taken - 8½ hours
Off to a shaky start !
Hiking up the Mist Trail
At the top of Vernal Falls, one of the most popular hikes in Yosemite
The view down the valley from the top of Vernal Falls
The Merced River flows into
the Emerald Pool
Crossing the Merced river
It's a steep climb to the top
of Nevada Falls
Hiking through the Redwoods
Half Dome, seen from behind
Looking over into 'Little Yosemite Valley'
There's a long line of people moving very slowly up the cables
Waiting at the base of the cables
Yeah, it's steep
As we start the climb, it was a complete standstill for 20 minutes
Rich (that's me!)
Anastasia, standing on the top of Half Dome!
Looking up Yosemite Valley, along the Tenaya Canyon
Looking over the edge to
the valley, 4800 ft below
Looking down Yosemite valley,
with Glacier Point on the left
Back at the bottom of the dome
Hiking back through the Redwoods
And finally heading back down
Hiking map to Half Dome
September 24th, 2005 Pain....so much pain. I didn't think climbing half dome would hurt so much the next day.
With no more hiking planned (we could barely walk), we drove along the Tioga Road (Highway 120) all the way across Yosemite, leaving the park at the Tioga Pass on the Eastern edge of the park.
Half Dome, the following morning
Clouds Rest, seen from Olmstead Point
Tenaya Lake, seen from Olmstead Point
Half Dome, seen from
at Tuolumne meadows
Mount Gibbs in eastern Yosemite
The strange tufa formations of Mono Lake
Driving on Highway 108