Half Dome "Thank God ledge"


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Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 5, 2007 - 07:05pm PT
Maybe people like to walk the plank?

Maybe knott? They start to crawl. Looks like fun.

nick d

Trad climber
Sep 5, 2007 - 07:12pm PT
Wheee! Thanks for posting up!


The back seat of my 69 Nark Avenger
Sep 5, 2007 - 07:17pm PT
Is this where our tax money goes? Helicopter rides to the summit of Half Dome to rescue thirsty climbers, and wanna be rescuers become famous photographers. Why I never...........................

Trad climber
always on the lookout for ed's 5.10 OW van
Sep 5, 2007 - 07:18pm PT
yeah baby yeah


Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2007 - 07:19pm PT
And these guys just like to "Dangle around"


Truckee, CA
Sep 5, 2007 - 07:25pm PT
Werner has anyone sent a visor free pitch? Looks like there are some holds up there!


Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2007 - 07:31pm PT
Nobody yet Peter. It's all yours. And Walleye here's your photographer.


The back seat of my 69 Nark Avenger
Sep 5, 2007 - 07:43pm PT
I tell ya, those 3 hour rescues are the best.... Are you guys gonna post footage on youtube???
The user formerly known as stzzo

Trad climber
SF bay area
Sep 5, 2007 - 07:44pm PT
Was that an actual rescue?

Trad climber
Sunnyvale, CA
Sep 5, 2007 - 07:44pm PT
Ha! I see from Matt's picture that we're not the first to be there at dusk!

Many more fading-light photos from Half Dome in my RNWF TR.

Of course, I bet it didn't take him until dawn the following morning to get from there to the top!


Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2007 - 07:48pm PT
No youtube no.

Actual rescue today off of "big sandy ledges"
The user formerly known as stzzo

Trad climber
SF bay area
Sep 5, 2007 - 07:51pm PT
Do you guys film the rescues often?

Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2007 - 07:55pm PT
Link and Josh are filming a YOSAR documentary this year.

Trad climber
Denver, Colorado
Sep 5, 2007 - 08:13pm PT
Can't wait to see that documentary, Werner.

from the Leastside
May 31, 2010 - 10:24pm PT
Honnold walked all the way across it without kneeling or anything .

Big Wall climber
the range of light
May 31, 2010 - 10:26pm PT
the visor free does look awesome... DAB IT!
John Moosie

Beautiful California
May 31, 2010 - 10:47pm PT
That RNWF trip report is a fun read. Thanks whoever you are.

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
May 31, 2010 - 11:06pm PT
YOSAR documentary???

do tell!

Jun 1, 2010 - 12:57am PT
The Visor hasn't been free climbed? Somehow, I have a vague memory someone freeing it, maybe back around '95 or so. Maybe my climbing trivia memories are getting mixed up, though.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 1, 2010 - 08:09am PT
David Lee Roth fired the visor on sight, BITD... before opting for the beret! LOL

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jun 1, 2010 - 08:27am PT
Style being a key ingredient of Yos climbs.
Honnold walked all the way across it without kneeling or anything .

How did the first ascent leader do it?

Awesome pics by the way

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 1, 2010 - 08:35am PT
Geez, I didn't recognize it without 4" of snow on it.
Wasn't even tempted to try walking it.

Mountain climber
Berkeley, CA
Oct 23, 2013 - 11:31am PT
Took this shot on Sunday of a climber following on it. That is quite the traverse! I thought the entry to the squeeze was the crux.


Oct 23, 2013 - 11:41am PT
that ledge really is a natural marvel

Trad climber
Chamonix, France
Oct 23, 2013 - 11:53am PT
Here's Hugh Banner in 1979. He started off walking too:

Credit: jaaan

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Oct 23, 2013 - 11:56am PT
Thank God! <br/>
Poto By Matty <br/>
Thank God!

Poto By Matty

Credit: guyman

no change...
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Oct 23, 2013 - 01:43pm PT

Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Oct 23, 2013 - 01:47pm PT
I'd be on my knees crawling across it too. Not sure how to get gear in if you're just walking across. Too much fear of heights for me. Also not sure why anyone would thank God for this. Maybe give thanks when you get to the belay.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Oct 23, 2013 - 01:50pm PT
If you looked straight up from Vitaly's doll you'd understand why folks were thanking their gods for that ledge :)

dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Oct 23, 2013 - 01:50pm PT
Never climbed El Cap so excuse my ignorance, but what's up with that ledge right below i see on Vitaliys NatGeo pic, anyone traverse that and then go up the crack to Thank God ledge? Good one by the way Vitaliy :)

Edit: just got a better look at that crack from a different angle, looks like it is a ways away from that ledge, guess I answered my own question, LOL
Josh Higgins

Trad climber
San Diego
Oct 23, 2013 - 01:55pm PT
So, my buddy told my I "had to walk it" when I got there. I didn't know any better, so I did! How I protected it was I would balance on one leg, and lean one way with the other leg sticking out as a counter weight until I could plug gear in the crack by my toes, my chest scraping on the wall. It protected OK, but sure felt tenuous in the middle. I was facing the wall, toes on the edge, heels out over the air so that I could lean in as much as possible. I had to take my camel back and clip it to a gear loop on my side, because on my back I would have taken the whip for sure!

I get back to San Diego, tell my buddy about how tenuous it felt, and he gets all wide eyed. "You walked it! I was KIDDING!"



Social climber
Oct 23, 2013 - 01:58pm PT
The late, great Lucas Dunn followed my lead on that walking face-out like a BOSS.

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Oct 23, 2013 - 02:49pm PT
I held no notion of a heroic crossing. I dropped immediately to my knees and slithered across the entire ledge like a reptile.

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Oct 23, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
Great shots, and particularly that of PW. Thanks for resurrecting this thread and adding such wonderful pictures.


Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
Oct 23, 2013 - 03:01pm PT
Dirt Claud,

Thank God is on Half Dome, not El Cap.

From an experienced arm chair position.


Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 23, 2013 - 06:23pm PT
I got right down and hand-traversed it when it got too skinny for me. Twice. Piece of cake. I even scared some tourists with some shenanigans.
Eric Beck

Sport climber
Bishop, California
Oct 23, 2013 - 07:44pm PT
I've heard that the first ascent party placed 3/4 inch angles behind the ledge.

Topic Author's Reply - Oct 23, 2013 - 07:47pm PT
No sane man would ever walk across such a place ........ :-)

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Oct 23, 2013 - 07:49pm PT
I believe OSHA requires a non-slip surface on all public access areas. Good news is, first offense is just a warning.


The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Oct 23, 2013 - 09:21pm PT
"No sane man would ever walk across such a place"

What about a whoaman, Yogi?? Would they do it?
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Oct 24, 2013 - 01:01am PT
No sane man would ever walk across such a place ........ :-)

That's my boy!


Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Oct 24, 2013 - 04:51am PT
I was up there last June with my son, after a 43 year hiatus. I bet a few climbers here realize that the original way of doing this pitch is to drop down from the end of the ledge, and continue up a short inside corner to the belay, rather than go up that awkward, squeeze chimney, which I thought was a bit---ch.

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Oct 24, 2013 - 01:11pm PT

It's been an ion since I was there last but...

I recall there is a very convenient rail on the face below, right at the narrow point
I walked it until it got a little dicey, reached down to the crack behind, lobed off and hand traversed a few meters and mantled back up. Didn't seem (at the time) like that big a deal, 5.7 hand traverse for 15 or so feet with primo protection.

The moves getting into the chimney and subsequent rope drag at the top seemed a lot more daunting!
Bad Climber

Oct 24, 2013 - 01:16pm PT
What trundlebum said. I walked, I crawled, I hand-traversed, mantled, thrutched and belayed. I was soooo stoked, especially since it wasn't my lead, but my partner was too spooked, so I got the glory. So glorious it is, too.

Great pics of an iconic piece of rock.

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