Here are some pics from my Half Dome hike earlier this week. Enjoy!
TC in Crane Flat Campground (in park but 16 miles from Yosemite Valley).
Vernal Falls at 5:30 AM from Mist Trail
Merced River Canyon from Vernal Falls (Mist Trail on left)
Half Dome Backside from Little Yosemite Valley
Half Dome Backside Peering over Liberty Cap at Sunrise
Half Dome Cables
Half Dome Back Side looking West
Going up the cables...somebody move!
Me on top of Half Dome...the rock vibrated when others stepped out on to the lip/ledge. Pretty cool feeling! I figured...these granite rocks have been perched here for millions of years, why would they fall now? Even if they did...what a cool way to go! (OK, that might be dimmented).
Half Dome from top
Little Yosemite Valley looking East from Half Dome
Looking North accross Yosemite Vally toward Tuolumne Meadows
Yosemite Valley looking East
Yosemite Valley looking West toward Glacier Point and El Capitan
This was my second time up Half Dome. 5.5 hours up...4 hours down. 16 miles & 5K feet elevation change round trip. Great day!
Great pictures, never gone up the cables but have come down them a few times. My wife and I decended Tenaya Canyon, your pic looking East, and she lost all her toenails due to unbroken in boots. I knew right then I was married to a tough woman because she was in pain but kept the complaints short. She did have some ugly toes for awhile. LOL
So far I have been to the top of Half Dome three times. I will be back some day.
The first two times we went up from the valley. The last time we went in from Tenaya Lake, over Cloud's Rest and then out to the Valley floor.
On the first and third times we watched the sun set from the top. Then we scurried down the cables and the rocky crags into the forest at dusk. We had to find our camp (backpacking) with the flashlights.
Sunset from the top is outstanding.
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Great pictures. I did that hike a few years ago and remember when me and my buddy got to that saddle just before the cables. From that perspective it looks much steeper than it actually is so we sat there for awhile thinking about it. There were a couple of other guys who had been on the trail up the same time as us who muttered a couple of expletives and turned back. But then a portly old German woman in sandals went by, we looked at each other and thought - alright, we'd never live it down so up we went. It wasn't so bad going up (or down) the cables but it was a pretty long hike to do in a day. I was beat when we got back to camp.
Still, I'd like to do it again.
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Some times I think Colorado has the market cornered when it comes to scenery, but these photos boldly remind me that there are spectacular vistas all over! Excellent pics! Thanks for sharing and sending a little humility my way! LOL
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That scenery is fantastic. I'd love to climb that cable but I need to get into better shape. I've been walking and have lost 12 pounds in the last month but still need to lose about thirty more pounds. I have lost most of the weight by cutting out eating late. I try to not eat after 6 PM and keep the evening meal light. If I need to have something later, I have a large cup of non-caffinated citris or something tea. No sugar. I feel better with just the 12 pounds off. Anyway, the cable climb looks like a good challenge and more so at that altitude and after having already hiked a few miles to get to it. It's amazing how out of shape you can get in only a couple years of time. You get busy and stop taking care of yourself and suddenly, where'd that belly come from.
Take the hike...you might lose 12 more pounds in a day! Half Dome is 8,832 feet above sea level. Yosemite Valley floor is about 4,000 feet. There are two stretches of the trail that climb 1,500 feet in 1 mile. I think I lost 5 pounds. I took a 100 ml. Camelback filled with water and used it ALL...but it was 90+ degree's last week.
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