Update- April 28, 2012. I’ve received a number of positive comments and feedback about this post, so I’ve added a couple more pics to show the scale of Half Dome.
So I realize that there are zillions of Half Dome pix out there. Here are a few from one of our trips up there (in the days before permits were required). I think these may even be old school camera pics (remember film?). Each time we went up Half Dome was during a 40-mile backpacking trip in Yosemite. We stashed our packs, stowed our bear canisters away from the packs, and jammed up to the summit.
So why is it called Half Dome? Find the right vantage point, and it’s obvious. There were wildland fires burning a few miles away inside the park, hence the hazy, smoky skies.
We were so excited about the hundreds of gloves discarded at the base of the cables. There must be some popular folklore about needing burly gloves. Apparently there is some folklore about not needing to pack them out too.
H, climbing the cables.
Yes, I’m in fact the only one on the cables. Apparently this is quite rare now. The next time we climbed Half Dome was an entirely different experience. The cables were packed and slow. The cables were not a big deal. What was scary, was the hikers who were absolutely paralyzed by fear by being on the cables. They were almost frozen in place with a white knuckle death grip. Both H and I had to pass around several hikers who were too scared to move.
Oh, just found this one, from our first trip up Half Dome in 2000. Yup, we had the cables all to ourselves. Made for a quick and drama free trip up.