Snake Dike 5.7 R

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Half Dome

Yosemite Valley, California USA

Trip Report
Me, My Wife, and Snake Dike in 3 Minutes and 40 Seconds
Tuesday October 30, 2012 7:18pm
The thread where everyone was calling for trip reports made me want to contribute. I was thinking about making a TR for last weekend but my camera died, so I'll just post this video from last year instead. My wife and I had never been on Half Dome, so we figured we'd rather go this way for our first trip up. Turns out if you wait until they take the cables down you can get it all to yourself!

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Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Oct 30, 2012 - 07:24pm PT
Fun! Now, next time, actually do it in 3 minutes and forty seconds....ha, ha, ha.

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
  Oct 30, 2012 - 07:24pm PT

Mountain climber
The Ocean
  Oct 30, 2012 - 07:27pm PT
Looks like perfect weather. Hmmm might have to hurry and go before the next big storm

Ice climber
  Oct 30, 2012 - 07:32pm PT
nice one, was wondering how you handled the camera


i think the protocol is to identify the music, i couldn't

i liked

Rocks of the Rae Lakes Loop: a photo scouting trip



Trad climber
monrovia, ca
  Oct 30, 2012 - 07:39pm PT
cool, nicely done!

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Oct 30, 2012 - 07:46pm PT
Hey that was really of my favs! Wish I could edit like that!



Escondido, CA
  Oct 30, 2012 - 07:50pm PT
Super cool! Brings back good memories for sure. Nicely done!

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
  Oct 30, 2012 - 08:00pm PT
This was really cool camera angles, placement of the camera while you walked by, and overall editing. So short, so full of capturing the essence of the trip!

What kind of camera do you use, how do you mount it on your head, and how do you mount it on the pole? Do you have a pole extender on your helmet too?

  Oct 30, 2012 - 08:05pm PT
Fun! Thanks for doing it.

Trad climber
the basement of Lou's Tavern
  Oct 30, 2012 - 08:08pm PT
Good Form!

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Oct 30, 2012 - 08:21pm PT
Awesome. Sooo cool man. Way to get out there with yer pretty lady and enjoy a long day on the big rock. Very stylish editing. Very tight. Nice creativity. I used a ten foot stick and some tape for my overhead shots in my little video here. (I timelapsed the last mile down the stairs into 20 seconds. Its at the 7 miute mark I think. Have you seen this one of Sierra (12) and I a couple years ago?

It was good seeing you two in the gym the other night. Gimme a holler if you ever wanna hook up outside.


Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
  Oct 30, 2012 - 08:29pm PT
Micro, even without the mullet that video was very nice to watch.

Damn, it seems I need to get a better computer with faster disk access and better editing tools to be able to get into this stuff. Really nice memory captures with these short edited movies. Great gifts to give to the kids.

Gym climber
Minkler, CA
Author's Reply  Oct 30, 2012 - 09:22pm PT
Thanks for the compliments!

I used the GoPro 1, but the 2 and 3 are out now and work much better in low light. It was either mounted on my helmet or on the end of a trekking pole. They also make a telescoping pole for people to take pictures of themselves that's cheap and works good (but breaks in half if you're snowboarding).

Great video Scott! Recently found out that I knocked my wife up so I'm excited to take my kids into the mountains like that. We'll have to get some winter days on tollhouse this year for sure!

Big Wall climber
santa cruz, ca
  Oct 30, 2012 - 09:35pm PT
Very cool video
Big Mike

Trad climber
  Oct 30, 2012 - 09:38pm PT
Cool video man!! Very creative! I wanted to run up Snake Dike when I was in town but my partner wasn't feeling the hike.. Alas.. Next time...

Trad climber
  Oct 30, 2012 - 09:40pm PT
very cool! thanks

  Oct 30, 2012 - 09:47pm PT
I'm usually not a huge fan of home movies, but this one is fantastic. We'll see you in Hollywood!


Trad climber
Cascade Mountains and Monterey Bay
  Oct 30, 2012 - 10:18pm PT
Thank you! Very well done!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  Oct 30, 2012 - 10:30pm PT
Great video Scott! Recently found out that I knocked my wife up so I'm excited to take my kids into the mountains like that. We'll have to get some winter days on tollhouse this year for sure!

They will carry our gear to the base of all those obscure things we want to do! Nice TR, snake dike was my first ever multi-pitch lead in the end of 2010. Enjoyed it quite a lot, even with lots of people on top etc. IMO a much more enjoyable 5.7 than royal arches..

Trad climber
Montuckyian Via Canada Eh!
  Oct 30, 2012 - 11:33pm PT
You guys put that together very well...Thanx for sharing...


  Oct 30, 2012 - 11:48pm PT
Nice TR.

Congtatz on sneaking one past the catcher
Captain...or Skully

Boise, ID
  Oct 31, 2012 - 12:19am PT
Camera on a stick! Yowza.
TFPU, mon.

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Oct 31, 2012 - 12:33am PT
good on-the-fly camera work
dee ee

Mountain climber
Of THIS World (Planet Earth)
  Oct 31, 2012 - 12:38am PT
That was great!

  Oct 31, 2012 - 02:19am PT
Really fun! So cool that you have that video to help celebrate the day -- thanks for sharing it!

Edit: and congratulations! Just think, one day, your kid will watch this video and make fun of you. Cheers!

  Oct 31, 2012 - 08:12am PT
Two thumbs up!
Tony Bird

Northridge, CA
  Oct 31, 2012 - 10:04am PT
heck, i thought this was going to be about speed climbing.

did it with my wife awhile back--thanks for jogging the memories. we had a bear instead of a coyote waiting for us when we got down. we attempted to involve it in singing campfire songs, but it left.

Trad climber
  Oct 31, 2012 - 10:11am PT

Trad climber
Washington DC
  Oct 31, 2012 - 10:18am PT

Music, Heart It Races, Architecture in Helsinki
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Mill Valley, Ca
  Oct 31, 2012 - 10:44am PT
Most excellent!

Social climber
Durango CO
  Oct 31, 2012 - 01:23pm PT
Way cool, my hands got sweaty just looking at the white granite. well done!


Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Oct 31, 2012 - 01:30pm PT
Excellent! Thanks much.


  Oct 31, 2012 - 01:36pm PT
Very nice work! Made me miss Snake Dike, Yosemite, California and the sun! "Pole extender"--I'll have to add that one to my technical vocabulary.

jamais, jamais pays
  Oct 31, 2012 - 01:45pm PT
thank you a nice perspective on one of my favorite climbs

Trad climber
Mountain View
  Oct 31, 2012 - 06:55pm PT
Sweet video! Nice work.

Trad climber
Erik O. Auburn, CA
  Oct 31, 2012 - 07:30pm PT
Thank You For Posting Up!
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Oct 31, 2012 - 08:32pm PT
Very Very cool, you SIR are a LUCKY MAN!!!!
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Photo: Chris McNamara
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