Thursday, June 7, 2012

Insanity Factor: 9 out of 10.

A week from Saturday I will be headed to Yosemite National Park to tackle Half Dome.  Fun facts about Half Dome, it’s 16.5 miles round trip. You gain 4,800 feet in elevation.  This is one hike you can’t die without doing, and the one you’re most likely to die while doing (sounds fun huh!?!) On a traditional 1-10 scale, this one rates and 11 and the insanity Factor is 9 out of 10 thanks to the cables at the end of the hike.
Luckily Brian knows there is know way I can drag my body up and down this mountain in one day. So we get to stay at Little Yosemite Valley.  This map shows our hike for Day 1.
View from Glacier Point with the lower 2/3 of the Half Dome trail marked

Day one is all up hill, but don't worry so is day two. Which you can see in the picture below.
Half Dome as seen from Olmsted Point, with an approximation of the trail to the summit

But don't be alarmed that is the easy part. This next picture depicts where the insanity factor comes in.  These are called the cables, and this is the part where you could potenially die.
The Half Dome cables, from top to bottom
It should be fun, and hopefully we make it back alive!!!