Half Dome "Thank God ledge"


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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Oct 24, 2013 - 04:01am PT
No sane man would ever walk across such a place ........ :-)

That's my boy!


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
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
May 28, 2014 - 11:45am PT
What ever happened with that Yosemite documentary, anyway?

scrubbing bubbles

Social climber
May 28, 2014 - 11:46am PT
led that pitch in the 70s I was just a scared teenager so I crawled like a baby

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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.
Vibrating across Thank God Ledge
Vibrating across Thank God Ledge
Credit: Burbistan

Trad climber
May 28, 2014 - 05:29pm PT
Micah Dash walked across no problem. I took three steps forward, four steps back
and cwarled on hands and knees.

Some folks were tossing rocks for fun off the top, so we yelled to stop.. meekly they poked out their heads over the edge and apologized
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