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MAJESTIC HALF DOME ASCENT

Finally we reached the top of the sub dome. On this fine morning in late-August, the sky was as blue as you can imagine with no clouds whatsoever. And still early enough to see the sun hanging low. We gazed at Half Dome. What a majestic sight! One of the famous hikes in the world. So popular that one must win the lottery to hike it. There are so many tips and tricks as well as warnings involving the ascent and the descent because of its steep incline, especially when severe lightning, thunder, and rainstorms are present. There have been casualties particularly when the granite was wet. Also, the traffic along the cables is a problem since there’s only one way to go up and/or down. The later one starts, the longer it’ll take to finish it due to constant congestions along the cable. That’s why we started early, which many do. And before our ascent, we saw only a group of hikers slowly descending the dome. It was time to check it off of the bucket list.

Yosemite National Park, CA

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
  • 19mm / 1/50 sec at ƒ/11 / ISO 1600
  • Taken 8/25/2016

© 2017 H Peter Ji

2 COMMENTS

    • Yes!!!! It was not difficult (although many find this climb difficult because it’s all about pulling yourself up along the cables…) but certainly demanded my full attention as far as where my footing went and how not to tire my arms so quickly. The view was of course worth all the challenge! I’ll describe more once those photos at the top of Half Dome are posted, but it definitely is something you should do at least once. 🙂

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