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