8-year old summits Yosemite’s Half Dome

Proud papa Jeremy Schulz of Las Vegas informed me that his son and he hiked the 16-mile round trip and went up the cables at Half Dome. Hiker Gavin Schulz is a tough 8-year old. A real accomplishment. They also did it in about 9 hours. They must have trained hard for this. The Red Rock mountains west of Las Vegas has some nice hills.

Gavin Schulz posing in front of the Half Dome cables

Half Dome is a monster hike, even for those in good shape. My unscientific survey of kids reveals that 10 seems to be the average age. I do know of a couple other kids who have done it at 8.  There is even a man who told me his 5 year old son did it last year. I don’t encourage records to be set by children. But you know your offspring and I say go for it, if they are willing. I’ve also seen fathers pushing their sons up. On the cables I heard: “Your grandpa did it and I did it…you are going to do it, too.” The boy was crying and you know it was a turn off to him hiking in the future. Bad.

Congrats to Gavin. Keep it up!

Gavin at the top of the Half Dome cables

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Youth is wasted on the young.” – Oscar Wilde

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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