High Risk Half Dome cables climbing

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

    The long weekend is almost upon us. Yall find a parade and celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Free park admission. I don’t know if he ever made it to Yosemite but I’m sure he would have loved it. As mentioned before, I’ll be in Sonora with Sister Kathy (The Hiking Nun) this weekend. A BIG day Saturday with 2 talks at St Patrick’s Church Hall. 10 am and 2 pm. Drop in and give me a listen if you are up there. We’ll be doing some snow shoeing on Sunday. Weather looks like it will be a bell ringer. My Bed and Breakfast does have wifi so check in over the weekend for my award-worthy blogs.

   Today we have photos. I found these on the World Wide Web and can’t believe it. The people went up the cables when they were not yet in their support poles late spring last year. In November ’06 and April ’07 two athletic women did the same and lost their grip – the rock was damp and they slipped and are now pushing up daisies. Hmm doesn’t the circle with the slash thru it mean DON’T ?? Darwin Award nominees?  Click to enlarge. 









Unrelated thought worth quoting: How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?” – A wise old man



*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com


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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  1. Carey says:

    Agree that it’s nuts to do this, but many do it every year. You could use a climbing harness – wouldn’t prevent you from possibly sliding a long way down the cable, but would prevent a fall off the mountain. To me, the footrests are as important as the cables, if not more, considering how slick the rock is in the area of the cables. You have to rely ENTIRELY on your upper body to do this. Even rock climbers have footrests when they climb.

    • mrhalfdome says:

      Great comment. Thanks for sharing. Don’t think I’ve seen you here before. Yeah, a harness would help YOSAR find the carcass.

    • John says:

      What are the climbing rules for the cables area? I assume mounts to wedge in cracks are permitted. Any hammering into the granite allowed?

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