The Northwest Face of Half Dome
Hikers on the Cables
A Guide on the Cables
Hikers at Sunrise on the Cables
Hikers at the top of the Cables
The Summit
A Hiker Poses on the Visor
A Hiker in the King's Chair
Hikers on Top of the Sub Dome
Half Dome and the High Sierras

Climbing Half Dome, in Yosemite National Park, via the Cables route has been a bucket list hike for people since 1875, when George Anderson first put the route up. These days around 300 people a day during the summer make it o the top.  The Cables route involves first climbing up several hundred feet of granite stairs to gain the top of the Sub-Dome.  After which, hikers get to the bottom of the Cables themselves.  400 vertical feet of steel cables, 4 feet apart and about 4 feet off the ground, punctuated every 10-15 feet with 2x4" wooden boards for foot purchase. The experience gets even the most seasoned hiker out of their comfort zone.  For the past 4 years, I've had the pleasure of guiding groups of people up to the top and helping to get them out of that comfort zone and into a new one. Tears of fear, joy, and pure adrenaline make this job one of the most memorable that I've ever had. The views aren't too bad either.

© 2017 by Tyler Gates

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