Ascent of Half Dome on 2018-05-12

Climber: Naresh Satyan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, May 12, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Half Dome
    Elevation:8840 ft / 2694 m

Ascent Trip Report

The cables went up before the advance reservation window, so I finally scored a permit. My friends couldn't adjust their schedules at the last moment, so ended up solo hiking it via the Mist Trail. 6 am from trailhead parking lot, up to the summit just before 11 am, ~9.5 hours round trip. The big push of hikers at the cables was around noon, so I timed it right and the cables weren't crowded (all to myself on the way up, and only passed a dozen or so on the way down). I think the fact that this was only the second day the cables were up contributed to a really pleasant hike. In fact, I was by myself for most of the hike away from the cables and the falls on the way out. The cables were much steeper than I had expected, and no grip on polished granite, so had to basically descend using my arms. A harness to clip into the cables can be useful, though I didn't have one. The most surprising thing was the white-throated swifts when I was on the cables. I'd stop on my way down to let the climbers pass me, and the swifts zoomed by almost within touching distance, so I could hear the whoosh of their wings. My eyes were drawn to them and trying to follow them can make you dizzy - so had to get my eyes back to the rock or even straight down. Fun hike! Photos from the weekend in Yosemite:
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
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