North West Regular Route Half Dome end of October


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Trad climber
Montreal, Quebec
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 9, 2012 - 08:51pm PT
Hi guys and gals,
We are planning a trip up NWF of Half Dome in 2 weeks. Anybody know how the weather has been holding-up this year?

Trad climber
under the sea
Oct 9, 2012 - 08:53pm PT
Yer gunna that time of year for sure

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Oct 9, 2012 - 09:00pm PT
Don't listen to Californians. You'll be fine. End of October is usually pitch-perfect, if you haven't been to the Valley before.

Social climber
Oct 9, 2012 - 09:02pm PT
Late october you can die of hypothermia or heat exhaustion. Best to rely on previous experiences, if it is a first Grad VI or equivilant I wouldn't do it personally. Days are short, weather can come in fast, you are wayyy out there... but can be great weather if the cards are right.

John M

Oct 9, 2012 - 09:12pm PT
This is sorta accurate.

Weather has been wonderful. But there is some rain coming for the next few days. This time of year the weather could be anything. Too hard to predict 2 weeks from now, but likely great.

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Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Oct 9, 2012 - 09:38pm PT

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo CA
Oct 10, 2012 - 02:23am PT
Go fast. And check the WX at the Mountain Shop right before you go.

October weather can be hot, or can be snowy.

Late autumn Big Walls is all about the weather. Faster is better. The weather prediction in Yosemite is OK, but not great. Usually, though, a long-term storm is knowable beforehand. One, maybe two days of thunderstorm delay, not so much.

Play late October Yosemite the way they do it all the time in the Alps: run like crazy, and hope for the best.

It'll be cold, cold, cold up there at night, even after a warm day.

Big Wall climber
los gatos. ca
Oct 10, 2012 - 02:38am PT
Go there, but don't have your heart set on anything. It will either be fine or it won't be...don't confuse the two because you want to send. Also the weather forecasts tend to change from day to day so check it right before you go. Have fun YER GONNA DIE though

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Oct 10, 2012 - 02:48am PT
One thing I've noticed is that clouds seem to come more from the southwest when in the valley. I might be full of it, but that's what my eyes tell me. So when you're on that face, you can suddenly get surprised when you thought you had clear skies.

So just plan for enough clothing/insulation to not die in cold rain or sleet, and you probably won't need it.

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Oct 10, 2012 - 02:58am PT
It's California, just bring a tank top and sunscreen!

In reality, there is some unpredictability in day to day weather, but big systems don't usually come out of nowhere around here. Check the weather and it won't be that far off, you're probably not gonna get "Alaska'd" or anything.
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