Half Dome, Yosemite

For Russell’s 31st birthday we went to Yosemite and climbed Half Dome. Hardest hike of my life. And I wasn’t prepared at all. Next time, I’ll be doing some cardio training for weeks before to prepare. Yoga isn’t cutting it.

We started the day at 5 AM- woke up early in Fresno and drove from there to the park. We were on the trail by 8 AM, hiked for 16 miles (8 miles up, 8 miles down). It took us 10 hours. Then we set up tents, built a small fire, ate a delicious dinner of bbq ribs that we had packed in, and went to bed early completely spent. It was cold, my body hurt, but wow, what an incredible day.

I didn’t take many photos except for at the beginning of our hike and the next day when we were driving back home. My energy was completely occupied by thoughts to just keep moving. But here are a few. Trust me, I wasn’t smiling by the end.

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Russell, his brother, and his cousins made it up as far as possible without the cables which were closed for the season. I waited down at the base for the last half hour stretch because my knees were completely shot and I couldn’t bear to climb another step. Seems silly that I gave up so close to the end, but really I was just listening to my body and I don’t think I would’ve been able to make it back down if I hadn’t taken that much needed break.

The next day we woke up to a cold but gorgeous morning. Early November turned out to be a perfect time to hike to Half Dome. Even though it was cold, the trails were less crowded and it was nice to stay cool for the long arduous trek.

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This is a zoomed in photo of the face of El Capitan. Those are tents that climbers are sleeping in. Crazy!  IMG_3956 IMG_3962 IMG_3964 IMG_3968

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13 thoughts on “Half Dome, Yosemite

  1. Oh, man would I be sore. Someone else can sleep like a bug in a spider web on the side of a cliff. Turning off the phone is enough separation for me most days. LOL Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Cheers, Brenda

  2. Beautiful pictures! Those tents are not for people like me. Congrats on making it a lot farther than I would have (even in my younger days).

  3. 8 miles any which way sounds grueling!! High five for sticking with it so long that day! I would’ve been crying and complaining and making it miserable :). Happy Birthday to your man!

  4. Great photos. What kind of camera do you use? When my son and I hiked the Alder Creek Fall trail recently it was only 12 miles. I fell once towards the end because my legs were so tired from the elevation gain and loss. I can’t imagine getting to Subdome and back all in one day. Again, great photos!

    • Thanks Janet! I use a pretty basic point and shoot, Canon Power Shot SX510. It has great zoom capability, and looks a lot fancier than it really is. I’m pretty happy with it.
      I think I was in shock for most of the hike, any my body went on auto-pilot. I was in pain all week afterwards, and could barely hobble down stairs to catch my train every day.

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