Ascent of Half Dome on 2015-09-03

Climber: Trent Holmes

Date:Thursday, September 3, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Half Dome
    Elevation:8840 ft / 2694 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed with son, Russ Holmes and nephew, Curt (Shannon)Payne. Took about 4.5 hours to get from the trailhead in the Valley to the summit. Slow going up the cables due to lots of other climbers. Spent an hour on the top enjoying the view. Spectacular! The cables were so steep, but I loved every minute on them. Easiest way I found was using one hand on each cable pulling myself up, not relying much on traction from my shoes. On the way down, I also had a hand on each cable, leaned forward, and regulated the friction of my hands on the cables to control my descent rate. Not many people on the cables by then, so we were able to go much faster. SO much fun!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4840 ft / 1475 m
    Trailhead:4000 ft / 1219 m

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