Archival Half Dome photos

Here are some ode tyme photos send to me by a Blog reader. The setting is in the 1940’s – 1950’s and shows a happier time. By looking close at these photos we can see some differences in the system of yester-year and today.

1952 1

Can you stop them?  The first one shows a couple heading down. The second is of a a clear run up the rock. (No crowds?) The easy find is the position of the boards. They rest on the thin edge. Today we stand on the wider flat side.

Yosemite's cables show an empty path to the top

No lines at the Half Dome cables

I think the first way could make you a tad more tired as you have to step up and over the boards.  Secondly, look closely at the support pipes. It appears there is an attachment pipe or crown below the hole where the cable goes through. Although it’s hard to see clearly, to me like there is a small diameter pipe that is put into the rock. Today the pipes are a single piece.

The cables and pipes/boards were replaced last in 1983. Perhaps a new approach was taken to construct what we have today. New holes may have been drilled.

The third photo shows a couple up top. What appears to be a flag poles is clearly evident. I’m sure that it was temporary as the winter storms would blow it down easily.


1952 3

Lastly, we see women huddled near a rock formation. This looks like nothing I’ve seen on Half Dome. The stack of rocks behind them is noting I recall on the whole route. Any guesses?

1952 4

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “You might not ever get rich – But let me tell you it’s better than digging a ditch. There ain’t no telling who you might meet: a movie star or maybe even an Indian chief. Working at the car wash.” – Rose Royce

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch –

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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