I often meet people who cannot find a partner to hike Half Dome with. Here are a couple of options for you.
One idea is to pay for a guided hike. I guide for LastingAdventures.com. They have well trained and qualified guides that can get you up. Yes, there is a fee – about $200, but we will take care of all your water needs, finding the trail and assisting getting you up the cables. Plus, you’ll hear all the history and geology of the park.
Should you do this hike alone? You will need a permit – but once you have that hurdle done, you need to assess the risk and your confidence level.
If you are self-reliant and you 1) have the education about the hike, 2) have trained and 3) are motivated, maybe you can do it. Do a lot of “what-ifs”. What if you fall, what if your knees explode, what if you run out of food, get lost, etc. Can you cope?
There are not a ton of Rangers patrolling the route. You might see 1 or 2 all day. If you get hurt, do you know enough First Aid to self-administer? Do you carry a safety whistle? Do you carry the 10-essentials?
Only you can decide. I’ve done it alone many times. I like the quiet plus I get to go with the person I love the most. :>)
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Time has come today. Young hearts can go their way; can’t put it off another day. I don’t care what others say. They say we don’t listen anyway. Time has come today.” – The Chambers Brothers
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com