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Yosemite Valley, California USA


Trip Report
TR HalfDome in a day: Man it sher gits dark early in October
Wednesday November 19, 2008 12:03pm
To those who thought this trip report might have included real climbers blasting the Regular Northwest Face by headlamp.....sorry. This is about two normal dudes trying not to epic on 5.7. No inspiring feats of freeclimbing aid pitches or smashing speed records here. However, I did get reeeally dehydrated, and Koby kinda hurt his MCL, both of which I will try to exaggerate severely when we get to that part of the story. So if you are still mildly interested, or have ever dreamed of clinging delicately to the historic Snake Dike as your rope swings with the gentle breeze 90 feet out from the lone bolt, by all means read on. I'll try to make the adventure sound more thrilling than it was and us cooler than we were.

THURSDAY: Eleven PM, we leave Fresno under a slate black sky. The night is warm, starless, yet full of opportunity. We are amped and in full warrior mode. We stop at Starbucks. Koby leans over and orders......not black coffee, but.........oh man I hate to put this on the internet......A Grande Vanilla Late. What? We're freakin' hardmen dude! We're gonna do 17 miles on the trail and climb two thousand feet on the Big Mamma today! We don't drink that pansy water! We are savages...You are killin' me man........ooooh....that smells kinda nice....."O.k. I'd like another Grande Vanilla Late, extra hot please. And a pumkin scone please....yeah, that'll be all thanks."

We blast into the Valley on the high created by caffeine and complex sucrose sweetener, fully ready to do battle on the Dike. We pull off at El Cap Meadow, and stand there in the chill Autum night, drawing energy from the lone headlamp twinkling somewhere above The Great Roof. Why this always inspires me I cannot tell you. Its a mixture of "man I wish I was up there right now" and ...."man I'm so glad I'm not up there right now." We drive to the Mist Falls parking lot and crash in our seats at 1:01am.

The alarm irks us awake at 3:00am. Ouch.

I have never stood on top of Half Dome. I always reserve summits for actual routes. I have always passed on invites to do the cables route on HD and the Tourist Trail on Whitney. I want my summit experinces to be earned on class V terrain. I treasure summits and have never liked the idea of dumbing down the experience by taking the road most travelled. I like to "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the road and broad is the gate that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and few enter through it." Matthew 7:13-14. Today we will take not the narrowest road to the top of this thing, but at least its one we can be proud of.

The Mist falls trail hammers us but we make pretty good time "Man I gotta stop and take off fleece."
"Dude, hold up, that Late just hit me hard..."
"Hey brah, hang on a sec...I'm chilly...I'm gonna shell up for a few miles."
We're not sure why but it takes us 5 hours to reach the base of the climb. I stop often for photo ops and water breaks. Maybe this has something to do with it. But man check out these Fall colors.

REWIND: Back at the car at 3:17am I somehow thought two liters of water sounded like a lot for an October climb. "Fast and light brah....fast and light! There's no way I need more than this Platyfull."
"Totally dude, Twight and House wouldn't let a bunch of H20 slow them down would they?....We'll fill up at Lost Lake if we to anyway."
"Hey, make sure you stick in some extra salami though."
We arrive at Lost Lake as my Platy gets to the halfway point. The amber rays of a new day collide with the Leviathan above us. The night is gone. The Beast stands above us, sinister yet welcoming in this golden light.

For a moment I forget about my thirst and my mind wanders to the route ahead. "Will I be up to the runouts? What's that first pitch really like? If I back off will Koby take the lead? How big of a penji fall is really possible on that third pitch.? What would it feel like to fall 180feet? Are you up to this? You've always wanted this route. You hate runouts. You are scared, admit it. Dude its only 5.7. Yeah, well Eichorn was only 5.4 and you were kind of gripped. You wanna go home don't you. You love this place. You love runouts. You are made for this. You are a climber. You are brave. You have to pee now cause you've drank a litre and a half of water already."
Koby breaks my moment of reverie. "Dude look at Lost Lake....its dirt...and grass.
So much for more water.
We charge ahead. Bushwacking is a bit of a subspecialty of mine, so for a while I take the lead, pausing every now and then to look back at my partner, who seems to enjoy brushwork less than I do.


The shadows seem to hike faster than we do so I follow them for a while. They take us across the exposed slabs and up the super demoralizing sandy switchbacks to the start of the route.

The Route stands proudly above now. Daring me to come see what secrets it holds. It tells me to be brave and have fun up there, but something still tells me I should be scared. Ninety feet between bolts? Eric Beck what were you thinking?


Speaking of the First Ascent team, I got a chance to meet Eric Beck a few months ago, what a great chap. I felt kinda wierd gushing a bit in front of him, but with my someday plans to climb his route, the coincidental meeting fully moved my plans to the front burner. Still, why not put a few more bolts in so that guys like me can come climb these routes without risking the mother of all cheeze graters? Later in the day I would find the answer to this question.

We hit the base of the route, I dry heave for a few minutes, Koby calls his wife on his iphone (what a sissy) and then he says...."you goood to lead for today?" Before I can muster a wet heave out of the dry ones I reply, "I'm yer Huckleberry."
Back inside my head.....................
Game on Jett. You're leading today. Get yer head in the game. Be bold. Have fun. Yer gonna die!


The first pitch is delicate but I cruise it without a single skidmark. I think I need to stop reading trip reports and detailed guidebooks. They psyche me out. I need to shut up and climb more. Koby makes the traverse and pulls over the little overhang with a grin. Is that Vanilla Late mustache or something else?

Pitch two turns out to be my favorite. Schweet little handcrack start, then a spicy runny section to a bolt, then up and onto the right hand dike. I feel invincible. I feel sticky. I'm flypaper and I know I will not fall today. The sun warms my face as I sit at the belay, fully alive and thankful to be in such a place. The South Face drops away to my left, home of Harding's route, Hank Caylors fall, and The Growing Up War. This place is magic. Finally for a moment I'm part of it. Koby comes up and we prepare for the crux. I wish I had longer arms for these belayside self portraits.


It's fairly windy so I suck on the Platy hose, getting tension.....maybe that's bad...it's only ten am. Oh well, where's that bolt? Oooh...way out there. Gotta man up I suppose. Hmm....watch me Brah....I'm cruxin here.....steady....git yer rear end down Jett....step left, again, again, clip.....hmmm.....
"Looks like I gotta go about fifty feet over to those anchors....watch me ......"
I'm Dean Potter....I'm a kitty cat...I'm light as a feather....I'm Seb Grieve on Parthian shot....."On Toprope!"
Clip. ahhhhh. Money in the bank. The crux is mine. Now I just gotta go 75 feet to the next bolt. Eric Beck you Rock!

The Dike soars above, we ride it bravely, bolt to runout bolt, lovin every minute of it. High fives at the belays. Giddy as schooolgirls, a dream coming to life. Yeah its only Snake Dike. Its lightweight for many, but its heavy and scary and real to us. We own it now. We are part of the story of Half Dome forever. We will stand on top today.
"Dude we're doin' it" Is all Koby says at the belays.

Three pitches from the top I feel a trickle in my pants? My prostate? Rain? Son-of-a.......My Platypus has sprung a leak....oh man...thats bad...I have eaten about 36 calories since starting out at three this morning. I've felt dehydrated all day long. Time for a bit of GU. mmmmmm apple spice...per---fect--but--gooo---ey. Gulp. Koby, can I borrow a sip of water?
Higher we go. El Cap slowly rises into view. We have had the trail to ourselves, but a team is approaching us and is a pitch below. Time to move.



The team catches us and it is a pleasant couple from Wales.
"Bloody great route eh!"
"Fantahstik!"
Theye are in their fifty/sixties, are on a two month road trip, climb 5.11, and made the approach in under three hours.
I'm now making good time and they don't seem to be mind having us ahead of them. We cruise on. The last pitches blend together as I start to feel a liitle bonky. I have no idea what this hand gesture means. Gang sign? I need more GU at this point or we're gonna be in trouble.

I GU up a couple more times and we are finally at the last roped pitch. My throat feels like I'm swallowing dry gravel every time I swallow. My lips are chapped, I'm hurtin....Koby gives me his last swig of water as we start the "Endless class II to the summit"
ouch.

The leg cramps start immediately. Not little ones. The big ones. Big, ugly quadriceps cramps. Owwwwwwww! Oh man, this is bad. Then the forearms start to cramp. My hands start to curl up into twisted twigs...Owwwwwww! I look like a T-rex. I need electrolytes...NOW! Koby comes up and breaks out some massive deli salami cuts and as soon as the salty meat hits my lips all is well in the world again.
"Dude that could've been bad." I squeek. The salt has calmed the cramps but only worsened the dryness. I can barely choke it down, but I suckle on some wonderful Havarti, making little Havarti/Salami sandwiches that would make the Iron Chef proud.
We slog to the top. We hate Class II forever. I had seen it in the Supertopo but thought it would be fun. It isn't.

We hit the Summit and meet two kinda odd fellas who had come up the downed cables using homemade rope prussiks. They are enamoured with us. We are gladiators to them and they shower us with praise and sips of fresh, cold, lifegiving water. We are champions for a day. They even take a summit shot of us. Everybody has their own adventure today. They are cityboys spending three days camping and exploring. We are all cut of same cloth as we enjoy the sweet summit in the setting rays of the October sun. Man we are a long way from home.

The Welsh catch up on the summit. Bloody kind couple. We exchange summit shots.



Soon its time to go.

Holy Sh...nikes! The cables are kinda steep! I'm fairly gripped as we descend, which is kind of a buzzkill to my brave day on lead, but soon its over and Koby promises not to tell my wife I was scared on the cables.

Here's the Welsh hand over handing as the sun sets.

The last rays of the day melt into a horizon that is now out of view. Night will be on us soon. We are out of water but its all downhill from here.

The Welsh carry us FAST down the trail....great talk...fun sharing the days adventure. Night falls as we reach Liberty Cap. They hike INSANELY FAST! Looks like we're gonna make it down just around the two hour mark....no exaggerating! Then Koby's knee starts to cost him, my blisters start to slow me down, and their headlamps begin to slowly outpace us. We just got worked over by a retired Welsh couple on Holiday.
We reach the drinking fountain at the Mist Falls lookout and gorge on the water till we are swollen. The death march continues. We limp. We share packs. We hike really really slow. Half Dome will cost us. We hit the car at 9:08Pm. LONG DAY. Bloody long day. Eric Beck is my hero. Any more bolts would be a tradgedy. Snake Dike made me man up today, and for that I am thankful. The Narrow gate leads to salvation once again.

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micronut
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micronut is a trad climber from fresno, ca.

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survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Nov 19, 2008 - 12:24pm PT
Micro,
Snake Dike is as honorable as anything else talked about on this site. Especially this time of year.

We can't all be PotterSharmaCaldwellHillHannoldRodden......

Bring it on!
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Author's Reply  Nov 19, 2008 - 01:05pm PT
thanks man, still workin on the TR. be back in about an hour.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Nov 19, 2008 - 01:06pm PT
don't leave us hanging!
salad

Big Wall climber
  Nov 19, 2008 - 01:11pm PT
I stopped reading at 'vanilla'.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Nov 19, 2008 - 01:11pm PT
Yikes, I'm all runout here....feeling like a maverick.
Help me micro...help meeeee!!!!!!!
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
  Nov 19, 2008 - 01:14pm PT
"I will try to exaggerate severely when we get to that part of the story." Nice!

When I saw 5 hours on the approach I was thinking I wonder if they got off trail on the approach, then the bushwacking photo confirmed it.

survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Nov 19, 2008 - 01:28pm PT
Fet, send me a good map of the approach!
I've done the slabs many times and around the back a couple, but never to snakedike. Is it that easy to get off?
Micro, make a new post instead of just editing your original.
It'll make your thread go further.
Nate D

climber
San Francisco
  Nov 19, 2008 - 01:29pm PT
beauty pic of the backside of HD.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
  Nov 19, 2008 - 01:45pm PT
Aw man, just as it was getting interesting! Nice writing, looking forward to the rest. Think I'll pour something sweet into me coffee...
couchmaster

climber
  Nov 19, 2008 - 02:17pm PT
Pulling up an armchair myself: looks promising here.

Lil trick I learned last time is to head up with someone in uber good shape, and when they see your ass dragging, you offer them the rope/rack, etc etc. Worked great. We were like 2 hours and change getting to the base.

Only to catch up right at the base with some STRONG lookin young studs who had left camp 2 hours earlier and were racking to go:-) DOHHH! Had to follow them all route.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Outside the Asylum
  Nov 19, 2008 - 02:42pm PT
Talk about leaving us hanging...
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Author's Reply  Nov 19, 2008 - 03:01pm PT
Done. Enjoy. Thanks for hanging around for the end.
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  Nov 19, 2008 - 03:02pm PT
Nice TR, and I cannot even see the pictures.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
  Nov 19, 2008 - 03:13pm PT
Sweet TR

Perfect timing on fall colors. You sure those Welsh climbers didn't have a beer stash in their packs? Probably drank it all on the approach.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Author's Reply  Nov 19, 2008 - 03:55pm PT
The Welsh couple got benighted the day before doing the East Buttress of Middle Cathedral by a "guide" who was a real work of art. He hurried up to them, took over their belay, then ground to a halt, slowing their whole day. They ended up doing the Kat Walk and Chasm in the dark. But man they were fast walkers. Un-real.
salad

Big Wall climber
  Nov 19, 2008 - 03:59pm PT
great stuff micro! hey, i tend to cramp a lot too, i always bring endurolytes now on long days. no more cramping....
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Nov 19, 2008 - 04:11pm PT
Bravo on your climb!
Champion TR!

This is a trip for my friend Buggs, he loves everything Half Dome...I can feel it coming.
Dirka

Trad climber
Hustle City
  Nov 19, 2008 - 04:12pm PT
Nice tr. Thanks for the post!
rhyang

climber
SJC
  Nov 19, 2008 - 04:27pm PT
Nice work !

The one time I did Snake Dike was late Sept. 2006 : 12 hours car-to-car, started about 5am. We got a little lost on the approach too, and the descent was slooow with the crowds on the cables. What a madhouse.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Author's Reply  Nov 19, 2008 - 05:47pm PT
We were closer to 17 hrs round trip. Is that near the record? We thought we moved kinda well and didn't dink around much on the approach or the route. We must be really outa shape compared to most climbers.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Nov 19, 2008 - 05:51pm PT
I don't know about the record, but I've done it twice during the long days of summer (first time with a party of three) and we were pretty much predawn to post sunset, car to car.
Doing it in 17hrs means you were moving right along!

Thanks!
cleo

Social climber
wherever you go, there you are
  Nov 19, 2008 - 06:14pm PT
Fun fun! Ya did great - its not a race!

Thanks for the TR!
Barbarian

climber
  Nov 19, 2008 - 06:29pm PT
Only Snake Dike?
The beauty of this sport is that grade really doesn't matter. We all get to climb at some level and that level changes throughout our lives. After Six to the Free Nose....it is all worthy.
Two friends do a climb they've always wanted to do. They had a great time sharing the experience, the view, the brotherhood. Add in a couple of Wesh bro's for good measure. Man, that was a great TR! I wish I had been there. Thanks for sharing! You guys get it!
shutupandclimb

climber
So. Cal..............d00d
  Nov 19, 2008 - 06:33pm PT
Very Nice, A fun read and it sounds like a great trip.

Thanks
rhyang

climber
SJC
  Nov 19, 2008 - 06:38pm PT
Sorry micronut .. I am still on drugs for my cold .. I misread your report and thought you did it much faster than our time in '06.

Either way, I am usually quite fried after 17 hours on the move :)
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Nov 19, 2008 - 06:41pm PT
Me and a couple buds from the military did Mt. Rainier in 19 hrs car to car when I was 25 yrs old and I could barely move the next day....
nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
  Nov 19, 2008 - 06:44pm PT
Wonderful report. Very heartwarming!

The most awful and drained I've ever felt from physical exertion, was at about 10pm on the day we did Snake Dike. I recall being in fetal position in the back seat of a car...

micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Author's Reply  Nov 19, 2008 - 06:44pm PT
Looks like Snake Dike has been doune a couple times in Four hours and possibly three hours car-to-car. Bummer about the record. Looks like we missed it by bout 14 hours and change. Oh well there's always next season.

Brian Biega climbed Snake Dike and Royal Arches back to back in six and half hours! Here are his splits:
Total Time: 6hrs 30min 4sec
The times in the list below are Section/Total Time

39.58.23/39.58.23 Car-Top of Vernal (Car parked at road closure/day use parking)
1.08.57/1.48.56 Top of Vernal-Base of Climb
56.37.80/2.45.33 Base of Climb-Summit
14.04.87/2.59.38 Summit-Bottom of Stairs (This is where you can go skiiers left to the reg. route or right back to lost lake)
24.22.96/3.24.07 Bottom of Stairs-Lost Lake (I guess this section took much longer than I remember, oh well)
25.42.48/3.49.44 Lost Lake-Top of Vernal
22.23.16/4.12.07 Top of Vernal-Car *CTC 4.12.07 Snake Dike Only


15.50.92/4.27.58 Drive-Rest (15.50.92 time of only resting, drinking & driving, etc. (drink more water, drop pack, change socks, etc.))
50.48.59/5.18.46 Car-Top of Arches (Car/Awahnahee)
1.11.17/6.30.04 Top of Arches-Car *CTC, Drive, CTC 6.30.04 both routes total time
Matt

Trad climber
it's all turtles, all the way dooowwwwwnn!!!!!
  Nov 19, 2008 - 06:54pm PT
no offense-

but i will never understand this fascination people have with timing their climbs.


as for me, i'm slower than hans, but still faster than some.
rhyang

climber
SJC
  Nov 19, 2008 - 08:19pm PT
Mostly I think about timing as a matter of training; in alpine scenarios I tend to believe the adage 'speed is safety'.

I don't compare myself to other people, except to wonder if maybe I can further improve something I am doing. Sometimes I can, and sometimes I can't.

One of the things I like about climbing is that there is never a shortage of new things to learn. YMMV
Zander

climber
  Nov 19, 2008 - 09:30pm PT
All right micronut!
Nice report. I would love to do that thing again. We got to the top about noon. It was spring. We were eating lunch, enjoying the views, when a 12 year old kid comes strolling up. He was the first one up the cables, which were still lying down. Cool kid! By the time we got over there there were people everywhere. It was wild to go from the quiet of the summit to the madhouse of the cables with people crying and carrying on!
Thanks for your report
Climb on!
Zander
Hoots

climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
  Nov 19, 2008 - 09:35pm PT
Great writing, and some really cool pictures taken. I liked the line "my shadows were hiking faster than I was so started folling them for a while..." Classic!
Brunosafari

Boulder climber
OR
  Nov 19, 2008 - 10:37pm PT
Thanks Micronut and congrats on ascending one of the world's purest and most gorgeous.
nick d

Trad climber
nm
  Nov 19, 2008 - 11:06pm PT
Thanks for the great TR! Really enjoyable read!

It sounds to me like you had 14 hours more fun than that guy who did it on the rocketsled. He got ripped off!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
  Nov 20, 2008 - 12:00am PT
Beautiful Rock, Crazy guys, Super Trip and Pics. Lynne
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
  Nov 20, 2008 - 12:38am PT
Micro you hit this one a mile.
I loved your TR and it reminded me of how great a long day out can be. I did Snake Dike as my first rock climb 20 years ago and I was hooked. It took us around 14 hours I recall, but we were with a veteran hard guy who made it all easier. The route is grand but the WHOLE DAY is so great...the Welsh couple are an amazing aspect. We used to always run down the last few miles as a matter of course--once I saw Galen Rowell running up the mist trail at 5 AM carrying a tripod for a Half Dome summit sunrise as I was heading up to do snake dike. Time and speed seem less relevant to some things. Not sunrise photography, but...Thanks again!
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
  Nov 20, 2008 - 01:05am PT
bump to a great TR
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
  Nov 20, 2008 - 07:06am PT
Nice report guys!
Glad you made it and moved on.
Great photos!
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Author's Reply  Nov 20, 2008 - 11:53am PT
Anybody know about how long does it take to hump up to the Regular Northwest Face via the death slabs?
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
  Nov 20, 2008 - 12:41pm PT
Hey Scott, great TR, fun pix! For the death slab approach to HD, count on about 3 hours if you know how to pick up the 'trail' in the dark (recon trip recommended) and don't have a real heavy load. Take care on the ghost ropes and slab sections...
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
  Nov 20, 2008 - 02:13pm PT
Yeah 2-4 hours on the slabs.

The Snake Dike approach is kinda tricky IMO. After lost lake the trail splits from many people going different ways. The sandy switchbacks are draining. I didn't mind the endless slabs to the summit compared to the approach.

For some speed climbing is sometimes about competition and pushing your physical limits. But most of the time trying to incorporate speed into your climbing makes things just better all the way around. You can climb MORE routes or MORE pitches the quicker you climb. When you climb faster you often feel LESS worked, e.g. if you climb snake dike in 10 hours instead of 20 you are exposed to the elements for less time, need to carry less food and water, and are just moving and working for 1/2 the time. The main thing that speeds up your climbing is being efficient, NOT pushing hard or rushing. When you get to the end of a pitch and put your partner on belay it's SOOO much nicer when your partner starts climbing in 1-2 minutes instead of waiting 10+ minutes while they dick around. I enjoyed Royal Arches much more when I did it in 4 hours vs. 15 hours when it was my 3rd multi-pitch climb.

Some people get hung up on times or ratings which isn't good, but paying attention to them really helps you improve your climbing which means you can get on more climbs.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Nov 20, 2008 - 02:26pm PT
cable descent skeeves me out also
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
  Nov 20, 2008 - 07:41pm PT
Very fun read as usual from you Micronut. You need to get out many times a week - we need more of your fun TRs!

Never touched Half Dome myself...someday...
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Author's Reply  Nov 20, 2008 - 07:47pm PT
Thanks guys. Glad to share the adventure. You know, everybody says, "Oh you guys can still cruise down the cables even if the supports are down, it's cake." What part of this isn't skeery?

I thought with the yack trains of folks who chug up and down daily in high season it would be like thirty degrees. Its kinda steep! And without the posts in place you got nothin' to slow you down if you slip.
rhyang

climber
SJC
  Nov 20, 2008 - 08:16pm PT
Haven't tried it with the posts down. Somewhere in the bowels of the taco there is a thread about what kind of prusik-style knot is best to use on steel cables ..

Trip report of some crazies who did it in March, with snow on the descent - sounds like they used prusiks.

http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/168855/snake-dike-march-8-2003.html

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