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Half Dome – Video Trip Report

September 15th, 2009

This is a very popular day hike in Yosemite.  Both times I’ve done the trail have been Fridays in July which made for rather hot and crowded conditions.  I would recommend mid-week and maybe not right in the middle of summer.  The first time I hiked it the cables were not that crowded, but this last time they were pretty packed.  As you will see in the video below it only takes one person to to freak out and bottle-neck the whole cable section.  You should give yourself 10-12 hours to finish the hike and make sure you have plenty of water.  I went through about 4.5 liters for the day.  I brought a pump which I used after Nevada Falls (going up and coming back down).  I recommend bringing a pair of gloves with the rubber gripping material on the palms.  Leather gloves do not work well.   I hope this trip report gives you a little preview of this unique trip.

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