Avg time to climb route: 3-4 hours
Approach time: 3-4 hours
Descent time: 3-4 hours
Number of pitches: 7
Height of route: 800'
OverviewBlondike climbs an amazing golden dike through the steepest section of the SW face of Halfdome. Pitches 2 and 3 are stellar and will make the long approach more than worth while. See posted topo for complete beta. The cruxes are not bolted heavily enough to make this feel like a sport climb, but there are bolts where you need them. The route is located on the SW Face of Half Dome, 350 feet left of Snakedike and 50 feet right of the Salathe Route. Blondike is similar to North Dome's Crest Jewel. The dike climbing is beautiful, technical, and more sustained than Crest Jewel, but the route is shorter and the pitch connecting to Snake Dike is forgettable. Both routes end on pretty summits while giving you grand views of the Valley beyond.
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