This indispensable guide ensures hikers a
fun and safe trip up Yosemite's signature landmark, Half Dome.
This is the
only dedicated guide for hiking to the top of Half Dome - the iconic landmark
of Yosemite National Park, CA. The focus of the nearly 200-page text is to
provide information on safe hiking practices to complete this extremely
strenuous hike of 16-miles round trip. It is climaxed by a harrowing 400-foot
vertical ascent to the top of the 8,842-foot high granite monolith. Although it
was originally felt to be impossible to get to the top, the 1875 ascent by
George Anderson led the way for the hundreds of thousands that have followed.
begins with a simple explanation on how the unique geological formations arose
from ancient magma flows. This provides the reader with an understanding of
what happened to the “missing part” of Half Dome. The story of the original
inhabitants of the area and the interaction of the Miwok and Mono Paiute
Indians with the hordes of white settlers during California’s Gold Rush is
presented. This is followed with descriptions of the gear needed to hike
comfortably and safely. This includes a boots/foot care, use of hiking poles, water
filter usage, clothing selection and food suggestions.
The full day
hike up to the top of Half Dome is one of the most popular in the country. It
is not easy. Education, preparation and motivation are pre-requisites. Over 100 photographs and descriptions of
salient features take the apprehension out of doing the hike. Descriptions of
18-Points of Interest – waterfalls, historical areas, flora and fauna, drinking
water sources and the actual cables provide readers with the “real deal.” GPS
points, elevation, distance and estimated arrival times are listed. The small
format of the book allows it to be taken along for reference.
(aka Mr Half Dome) has completed this hike over 40 times and is a recognized
expert source of information about the hike. The Half Dome trek is both a goal
and a journey. The magnificent views from the top are worth the 10-12 hours it
takes round-trip. The book gives in-depth guidance to help novices and seasoned
hikers alike check off a “bucket list” item. Even non-hikers enjoy the many
historical vignettes that bring life to events of the mid-1800’s.
The book is
capped with extensive appendices listing all the major events in the history of
Yosemite since it was discovered in 1851 as well as safety concerns.
is written by Royal Robbins, the first man to climb the face of Half Dome in
Permits are required to hike Half Dome. The cable system is up from late May
through early October.