Half Dome "Thank God ledge"


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

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.
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.


Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Oct 24, 2013 - 07:51am 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 - 04:11pm 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 - 04:16pm 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.

Captain...or Skully

May 28, 2014 - 11:42am PT

Social climber
An Oil Field
May 28, 2014 - 02:30pm PT
The first ten feet or so are easy to walk and then it pinches down a couple of inches or something. That is where I monkey across it with a leg dangling.

Props to those who have walked the plank

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 28, 2014 - 03:41pm PT
I'm telling ya it's way more fun with snow and ice on it.
Praise the Lord and pass the Millar Mitts!

Trad climber
Barber Booth
May 28, 2014 - 05:04pm PT
Crawled the first few feet then hand traversed then grunted up the squeeze, terrified all the way.
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