Ascent of Half Dome on 2009-09-02

Climber: Paul Maurin

Others in Party:Paul & Fred Schwartzenbach
Date:Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Half Dome
    Elevation:8840 ft / 2694 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wednesday, 9/2 – Woke at 06:15, had breakfast, prepared our day packs. 07:15 – Departed down John Muir Trail for 0.5 mile to catch the junction for the 2.0 mile trail directly to Half Dome. 09:30 – After hiking up the trail, climbing the steps of the first section of Half Dome, then making the strenuous climb up the cables on the backside of Half Dome, we arrived at the top (8,836’). 11:00 – Had lunch, took photos, walked to the other side of the dome (towards Glacier Point). We then descended Half Dome and reversed our route back to camp. 12:30 – Arrived back at out campsite (7,210), broke camp. 13:30 – Started up the John Muir Trail towards Sunrise Lakes. Due to fire activity, we aborted the portion of our trip down into Little Yosemite Valley then on to the floor of Yosemite Valley. We were concerned that our backpacker shuttle bus would not be available due to road closures on Hwy 120. Therefore, we started a loop back to our original trailhead via Sunrise Lakes. 15:30 – After hiking 1.9 + 2.0 miles to the point where Sunrise Creek crosses the John Muir Trail (shown on the Harrison map), we arrived at an established, beautiful campsite close to a running creek. 16:15 – Set up camp, washed up, filtered water. 17:00 – Cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 18:00 then a campfire. 21:00 – Lights out, full moon visible during the night. <8.9 miles hiked>
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1630 ft / 497 m
    Elevation Loss:1630 ft / 497 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1630 ft / 497 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:JMT Campsite to Half Dome Trail
    Trailhead:Campsite at John Muir Trail  7210 ft / 2197 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1630 ft / 497 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Half Dome Trail to JMT Campsite
    Trailhead:Campsite at John Muir Trai  7210 ft / 2197 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 

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