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Ascent of Half Dome on 2008-10-04

Climber: Scott Joyce

Date:Saturday, October 4, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Half Dome
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8840 ft / 2694 m

Ascent Trip Report

Stayed in Curry Village tent cabins fot the weekend before cables are taken down. Got started befote sunrise and up the mist trail. Got to the cables by 11:00 and the crowds. Helped a few poor souls navigate the last few feet down which are the steepest. Can't beleive they let people use these cables. Got the Elvis leg 3/4 to the top and had to drag my leg the rest of the way. Leg recovered after lunch and explored the top. Could not beleive how big the top was. Got some pictures and headed down. Lots of idiots coming up. Mant outside the cables. One fool was going up one handed with a video cam in the other. I asked "one handed huh?" He said he could do it so I said "tell that to the pile of bodies your on top of if you're wrong." When I got to little Yosemite Valley I could see the silhouette of the dome w ith the steady line of people. Some dolks heading up asked how dar how is it etc so I pointed and said you better hurry. Got to Nevada fall and missed meeting up with Jenny and had to retrace up from Vernal Falls to walk out with her on the outer trail. Still one of the most demanding and memorable hikes I've done.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4840 ft / 1475 m
    Grade/Class:3
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4840 ft / 1475 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:Mist Trail/Half Dome Trail
    Trailhead:Curry Village  4000 ft / 1219 m
    Time Up:1 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Trailhead:Curry Village  



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