Half Dome is the signature landmark of Yosemite National Park. “Average” people can accomplish the approximately 16-mile, 12-hour hike... more » to the top of Yosemite’s signature landmark if they have three things: Education, Preparation and Motivation. This app will you with your education. I include advice on preparation – but you need to be in top condition to do this hike painlessly. You should be motivated to it for your own reasons – be it because it’s on your bucket list, to keep in shape or just because it’s there! The keys to success are: 1. Begin early, 2. Wear good boots, 3. Drink plenty of water, 4. Use hiking poles and 5. Use rubberized gloves for the cables.
I’ve included a lot of narration, stories, personal and archival photos relating to this great hike. Please refer to the app when you are resting or getting a drink. You do not need to be connected to the internet or a cell network – all the content is included in the download. Battery life is key. You do not need your GPS function activated. If it is, it will reduce your battery life. You may consider getting a supplemental power supply.
There are several very interesting videos in POI 19 for you to view at your leisure prior to the hike (this will maximize battery life on the actual hike.
1. Preparation – Water, Boots, Poles
2. Interview with Royal Robbins - first man up the face of Half Dome in 1957.
3. Inspirational messages by Half Dome veterans
4. Cable ascent - The full trip up using a head mounted camera.
5. Wedding Proposal on the top of Half Dome.
6. Interview with Ryan Ghelfi - Ran the Half Dome trail in 2 hours 30 minutes.
Finally, check back periodically for updates - Hit RELOAD. We will continue to improve this guide. Feel free to visit my website/daily blog at HikeHalfDome.com, or facebook.com/mrhalfdome. Send me an email with any questions to MrHalfDome@gmail.com
I've done this hike 40 times and have written the only guide book on it: "One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome." The new expanded 2nd Edition (March 2012) is available in the park, at REI, booksellers, my website and Amazon.com. It is also available as an e-book.
See headcam YouTube video of cable ascent in HD at:
“Yosemite’s Half Dome Cables: All the Way Up in HD.”
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Carpe Diem! (Seize the day)
- Rick Deutsch, aka Mr Half Dome(tm)
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