SOME AERIAL SHOTS OF HALF DOME

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Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 23, 2009 - 10:48pm PT






Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 23, 2009 - 10:56pm PT
Yeah, they are, and they're not mine but from here and the internet. It turns out that Half Dome is NOT the simple little half-sphere we tend to think of it as. Strange almost amoebic mass, isn't it?
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Oct 23, 2009 - 10:56pm PT
Thanks Peter,

Amazing in definition how the lines flow on the rock....even how the snow lies. If one pushes the pause button of life and begins to focus on the beauty of nature/creation the enormity of its grandeur defines the true purpose of life and defies explanation.

Defies because it wants us to take the time to forget the getting and spending and begin to know the true purpose of the planet and life.....Yo, you live, enjoy and experience only one day at a time.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Oct 23, 2009 - 10:59pm PT
Much more impressive formation from this aspect than the northwest face IMO.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 23, 2009 - 11:07pm PT
Yeah, the NW face is not nearly as interesting visually and certainly the rock is gross too. Yes, Pate, a couple have been here before but quite awhile ago. I was going to do a massive photographic study of the back of Half Dome this summer but my best, super hi-res Nikon outfit (including five lenses) was burglared from my flat in SF back in June or so...My plan was to stay up in the area for a couple of days and catch it in all sorts of light and fire out a pile of ultra-huge files, partly for future routes (as obviously there are going to be some one day!) and partly for the shear astounding imagery it provides. What a wild summit Half Dome is.

El Cap is also not what you think it is from the ground; it too starts to go protean like Half Dome when seen from the air. Climbing on Half Dome's back and the SW face is spectacular.
Gene

Social climber
Oct 23, 2009 - 11:12pm PT
I don't know guys. All sides of 1/2 D are wonderful. Choosing the best is like picking your favorite kid.
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Oct 23, 2009 - 11:24pm PT
I think I see Hank's skid marks in photo 3.
hooblie

climber
"i used to care, but things have changed"
Oct 23, 2009 - 11:24pm PT
ya, well my favorite kid is sunlit, long, golden, laid back and nubbie!
mason805

Trad climber
East Bay, CA
Oct 23, 2009 - 11:30pm PT
I know this isn't exactly an aerial view but I had never gotten to see HD from this perspective and it brought it into a whole new light the way it towered above the valley floor to the left and the trails passing Vernal and Nevada falls on the right.

Jim Herrington

Mountain climber
New York, NY
Oct 23, 2009 - 11:30pm PT
Have you seen these?

http://wildviewyonder.blogspot.com/2008/06/yosemite.html

My favorite:
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_oCS6hO8xHrk/SEwZxiq0wcI/AAAAAAAABqY/6tgNsU4Zlls/s1600-h/P5010384afaŠ+1024+x+768.jpg
Ray Olson

Trad climber
Imperial Beach, California
Oct 23, 2009 - 11:31pm PT
I heard Half Dome got laid off because it's position was outsourced to China.
No unemployment insurance, nothin...
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 23, 2009 - 11:43pm PT
Amazing Jim, really, wow!!!!
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Austin, Texas
Oct 23, 2009 - 11:54pm PT
I love the different perspective. Which formation takes up more area, el cap or 1/2 dome?
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 23, 2009 - 11:55pm PT
NW face of Half Dome is about 2000 ft wide, so El Cap, Scott. But if you consider Half Dome is double-sided, it gets complicated.
F10

Trad climber
e350
Oct 23, 2009 - 11:57pm PT
Thanks for posting Peter,

Pretty amazing
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Oct 24, 2009 - 01:17am PT
Wow.

Amazing how you think you what something really looks like, but really I had no idea.

Outstanding!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Oct 24, 2009 - 09:41am PT
hey there say, peter hann... oh my, thanks for the fantastic veiws....

something we wonder about from the ground floor, never to say eyes on---we, as to me and my view.... :O

*also, thanks for all the rock-notes, that went with this subject, too...
very interesting.... :)
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Oct 24, 2009 - 09:48am PT
Peter,

The rock on the NW Face is gross?
Now you've p*ssed me off.............HA!
Not everyone wants to climb on a giant slab, an ocean of nubbins and runouts.
I LIKE cracks you b*stard!
Thanks for the cool pics bro.
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Oct 24, 2009 - 09:49am PT
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 24, 2009 - 10:17am PT
No Survival, I love cracks more than oceans of nubbins too! I just meant that the Northwest face is kinda loose, has quite a lot of rockfall and is usually pretty granular and coarse. The granite that makes up the back of the dome is quite a bit harder and that area hasn't had any rockfall for god knows how long.
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