Half Dome "Thank God ledge"


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Trad climber
Bay Area
Jun 1, 2010 - 11:27am 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 - 11:35am 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 - 02:31pm 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 - 02:41pm PT
that ledge really is a natural marvel

Trad climber
Chamonix, France
Oct 23, 2013 - 02:53pm PT
Here's Hugh Banner in 1979. He started off walking too:

Credit: jaaan

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Oct 23, 2013 - 02:56pm 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 - 04:43pm PT

Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Oct 23, 2013 - 04:47pm 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 - 04:50pm 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 - 04:50pm 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 - 04:55pm 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 - 04:58pm PT
The late, great Lucas Dunn followed my lead on that walking face-out like a BOSS.

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Oct 23, 2013 - 05:49pm 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 - 05:52pm 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 - 06:01pm 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 - 09:23pm 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 - 10:44pm PT
I've heard that the first ascent party placed 3/4 inch angles behind the ledge.

Topic Author's Reply - Oct 23, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
No sane man would ever walk across such a place ........ :-)

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Oct 23, 2013 - 10:49pm 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 24, 2013 - 12:21am PT
"No sane man would ever walk across such a place"

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