Snake Dike 5.7 R

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Half Dome

Yosemite Valley, California USA

Trip Report
Half Dome with a six year old
Friday July 15, 2011 2:06pm
That was quite the group hug [thanks!] for climbing Half Dome with a 12 year old.

It could get downright kinky posting a TR on climbing Half Dome with a 6 year old!


Credit: Jim Herson

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Jim Herson
About the Author
Jim Herson is a climber from Emerald Hills, CA.

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Gym climber
berkeley, ca
  Jul 15, 2011 - 02:10pm PT
Thumbs up!

Sport climber
White Salmon, WA
  Jul 15, 2011 - 02:10pm PT
Perfectly Reasonable!

  Jul 15, 2011 - 02:16pm PT
funny choices and results...

Social climber
CHC, en zed
  Jul 15, 2011 - 02:17pm PT
Now I have to clean the coffee off of my screen!


Trad climber
Humboldt, CA
  Jul 15, 2011 - 02:18pm PT
"contents restricted" LOL! that was very creative, thanks!

Trad climber
Station Wagon, USA
  Jul 15, 2011 - 02:25pm PT
Hilarious. Man, your kids climbed Snake Dike at age 6? Your family is chock full of talent. Can't wait to see the adventures to come!

scuffy b

heading slowly NNW
  Jul 15, 2011 - 02:35pm PT
very nice, mighty fine.

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
  Jul 15, 2011 - 02:48pm PT
The menu options are a glorious addition to the TR genre :D

Trad climber
  Jul 15, 2011 - 02:49pm PT
Great. Pretty funny seeing the pictures behind the various options.

Social climber
wherever you go, there you are
  Jul 15, 2011 - 02:53pm PT
hilarious! and totally AWESOME!

John Moosie

Beautiful California
  Jul 15, 2011 - 02:54pm PT
Hahahaha.. thats classic. Great trip report. Thank you.

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
  Jul 15, 2011 - 02:55pm PT
Striking resemblance except for hair color.

  Jul 15, 2011 - 05:05pm PT
Now that's good old-fashioned family fun! Checklist: harness - check; climbing shoes - check; rope - check; smiles - check; Child Protective Services - kiss off!
I love these reports. It's great to see kids outside having good safe fun. Keep up the good work and the TRs!

BTW, can your kids give me some climbing tips?
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
  Jul 15, 2011 - 05:26pm PT
Great! Funny!

Jim, A family that climbs together stays together! Enjoy the many years ahead.

Charlie D.

Big Wall climber
  Jul 15, 2011 - 05:29pm PT
Sheer genius!

I like the choices for the photo captions, well done!

beneath the valley of ultravegans
  Jul 15, 2011 - 06:15pm PT
Is your summit team sipping 8oz beers like those shorty dog Cokes on airplanes?

Again, totally cool.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jul 15, 2011 - 06:29pm PT
Loved the quiz at the beginning!!!!!

Trad climber
Erik O. Auburn, CA
  Jul 15, 2011 - 07:08pm PT
"Role modeled important life lessons of patience and restraint by hanging at the base of Snake Dike for two infuriating, interminable hours waiting for the route to clear before exploding into a fit of rage and simul climbing with 3 kids past 8 climbers in one fell, crisscrossing, rope tangling, frenzied swoop."

lars johansen

Trad climber
West Marin, CA
  Jul 15, 2011 - 07:15pm PT
Good for you all!!!!!!!!!!! I did a lot of climbing with both my kids at that age [and younger] and they both managed to make it to adulthood. However neither took up climbing seriously so don't be disappointed if they don't or too enthusiastic if they do.

Best Regards


Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
  Jul 15, 2011 - 08:45pm PT
Glad to see someone can attain the goal of NCLB! Great adventure and TFPU!


Trad climber
Little Rock and Loving It
  Jul 15, 2011 - 09:08pm PT
Outstanding!!!!! Love the miles o' smiles. Those girls are fantastic! You must be as well.

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
  Jul 15, 2011 - 09:18pm PT
clever website. looks like you had a great time!
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
  Jul 15, 2011 - 09:23pm PT
To clarify:

> Snake Dike /w John, Sid, Ian, Elizabeth, Kara, and Jim, 6/8/08

Kara (age 9 at the time) is Jim and Anne's.
Ian (age 8?) and Elizabeth (age 6 at the time) are John and Sid's.
(Sid is the sweeper, climbing just below Elizabeth).

Mountain climber
So. California
  Jul 15, 2011 - 11:59pm PT
The younger the better! What could go wrong?

Mountain climber
  Jul 16, 2011 - 12:36pm PT
Jim, awesome TR, both this and the one with Kara on HD.

My girlfriend works for CPS and know she would give you a parenting AWARD for what you are doing with your kids.

Thanks for posting! Very funny, too.
dee ee

Mountain climber
Of THIS World (Planet Earth)
  Jul 16, 2011 - 11:24pm PT
Nice, it's a family affair!

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
  Jul 17, 2011 - 01:27am PT
Captain...or Skully

Boise, ID
  Jul 17, 2011 - 01:32am PT
Fun TR, Man. TFPU!!4!
Looks like a fun crowd.

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
  Jul 17, 2011 - 08:27am PT
Damn, that's great.

Trad climber
  Jul 19, 2011 - 03:51am PT
I love that TR!

Mountain climber
Yuba City, CA
  Jul 19, 2011 - 02:03pm PT
Outstanding! Smiles say it all!
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