Half Dome’s Rock cave


The very tip of the northeast edge of Half Dome sticks out about 80 feet from the face and is called the Visor.

On the visor lies a jumble of large slabs. How did they get there?

Geologists say that eons of exfoliation, rock falls, erosion, lightning strikes and sliding on ice probably accounts for the jumble. One of the neatest features is the “rock cave.”

It is  most famous for being the spot in August 1985,when  5 young men on top sought shelter from a late night storm when lighting struck twice, killing one man instantly, and causing another to become convulsive and fall off the edge. Two others had the bolt pass thru their body – taking 4 long months to recuperate. (Read “Shattered Air”)

You are free to enter the “cave.” It’s a slight  jiggle to get in but not as scary as it might seem. It’s tight inside but will snuggly fit 5 people. There are granite edges protruding so it’s not too comfortable. There are openings at either end providing a restricted view. It’s quiet and the temps are cool inside. I like to kick back and eat a PowerBar and relax for a few. Be careful exiting. And be sure to have someone snap your photo standing on the slabs there.  If you jump up and down you can feel them vibrate. Fun!


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Admiral Halsey notified me. He had to have a berth or he couldn’t get to sea. I had another look and I had a cup of tea and butter pie. Butter pie? (The butter wouldn’t melt so I put it in the pie.) Hands across the water; heads across the sky.” – Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, Paul McCartney & Wings

*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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