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Hiking the Half Dome

Hiking the Half Dome


One of the downsides of being the fifth child is that the family has already done all the cool stuff by the time you roll around. I never went to Yosemite and I never visited Disneyland or Yellowstone.

Since I was travelling down to California to hike the John Muir Trail starting at Tuolomne Meadows I thought I’d take the chance to hike the Half Dome and then snake my way to the meadow via a side trail that joined up with the JMT at Sunrise Lakes.

I had booked the cables of the half dome for the 10th and after a long drive down from Washington, I arrived with hiking buddy Adam (www.hikingthetrail.com) the night of the 9th. I realized very quickly that there’s only one Yosemite.

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The next morning I hiked through the uniqueness of the Yosemite Valley and made my way up the Mist Trail and up to the junction to the Half Dome. I had gotten up early enough to miss most of the crowds and had the trail pretty much to myself until I hit the final 2 mile climb to the Half Dome cables.

I don’t know what I expected, but whoever decided to put those cables up there was a bit crazy. I’m glad he did. The 16 mile round trip is definitely worth it. The views on the way and at the top shouldn’t be missed.

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Take a look at the video below for the Full HD experience of my adventure. Also, stay tuned on Monday for Day 2 of the Pre-trip.


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  • Chris @ Outdorky

    Nice post. It’s just “Half Dome” thought.

  • Traci Lehman

    Awesome, Paul! Every time I see it in photos or video it still freaks me out. I’m pretty sure I would just fall right off. :)

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