Don’t believe all you see on the Internet

As I scan the internet for mention of Half Dome. The Santa Cruz Sentinel posted this innocuous story. Take a read and look how the press can give false impressions of the safety of the hike. AARRGGHH

My reply:

Traci – Yes, people can still hike to the top of Half Dome. The cables come down Oct 14. 2-day advance permits are available. Comment: 1. The photo you show is seven years old, when permits were not required. 1,000 per day on weekends went up the cables. This photo gives a false impression. Only 350 total hikers are allowed to hike now.      2. You say that Half Dome “averages several traumatic deaths per year.” This is patently false. Since they were installed in 1919, only three have died when the cables are up for summer use. Two were weather related. Two women died on independent trips during the “off-season” when the support poles and resting boards are removed.  


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Sometimes I wonder what I’m a’gonna do. There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues.”

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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2 Responses to Don’t believe all you see on the Internet

  1. francis dive says:

    was just wondering what you mean by the cables are coming down october 14th? I’m planning on going October 4th does that mean that I won’t be able to climb up Half dome?

    • Francis,

      When we say the cables are coming down….we mean the support poles and boards are removed then. The 600+ ft cables actually remain there. But VERY dangerous to go up then…..2 women died on diff trips in the mid-70’s.

      You are good to go on Oct 4.

      Carpe Diem

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