Ascent of Half Dome on 2013-05-27

Climber: Yvonne Galvez

Others in Party:Paul
Date:Monday, May 27, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Half Dome
    Elevation:8840 ft / 2694 m

Ascent Trip Report

For a bucket list hike, HD does tick all the boxes. It is definitely challenging & taxing on the knees/calves, not for the faint hearted heading up the sub-dome & cables. Fair amt of folks turned around on sub-dome & midway up cables once realized they were just not up for it. Good call! Great weather ahead of rain clouds coming in. Time up cables approx. 40 mins (few groups taking their time), descent on cables ~22-25mins (nice lull between groups, try to time if at all possible) I choose to have a shorter time up top in lieu of a very pleasant, fun cable descent. Also choose to harness up & clip on the cables. Approx 30-40% of folks did as well, equal ratio of men/women; another 10% wished they had a harness. Also avoided the summer crowds, so all in all a very pleasant day w/ a great hike. Yosemite vistas never disappoint! Way too tired to try and get Liberty Cap on the way out (plus past rain cutoff time). Another time for sure.
Summary Total Data
    Distance:16.4 mi / 26.4 km
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
slight breezes ahead of rain mid afternoon
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:8.2 mi / 13.2 km
    Route:Mist Trail>Lil Yos Valley
    Trailhead:Happy Isles TH  
Descent Statistics
    Distance:8.2 mi / 13.2 km

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