Famous, but little known Half Dome ascent in 1915

Black & White photo of top of Half Dome

AC Pillsbury photo on the top of Half Dome

Alexander (A.C.) Pillsbury was a Stanford trained genious. In his career, he invented key photographic tools: the Circuit Panorama, the Time-Lapse, the Microscopic Motion Picture, the X-Ray Motion Picture and the Underwater Motion Picture cameras. He even had a photographic studio in the park….The Three Arrows.

In 1915, he led a group of 17 Stanford students (including 6 women) up the backside of Half Dome using the rope remnants from previous explorers, their own rope and a few of the George Anderson spikes that were still present from his first ascent in 1875.

AC snapped photos and motion pictures on top. He took several reels of film depicting the clouds and moonlight effects, as well as the vistas observed from the Visor. He reportedly was suspended by rope to take some of the photos.  The movies were shown but have disappeared in the dust of time.

To learn  more about this amazing man, visit the website of the Arthur C. Pillsbury Foundation.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Long as I remember rain’s been comin’ down. Clouds of mystery pourin’ confusion on the ground. Good men through the ages tryin’ to find the sun. And I wonder, still I wonder who’ll stop the rain?” – Creedence Clearwater Revival

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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