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S: Half Dome : Yosemite : 2009-2010

BC: Thank you Amanda, Ondrej, Rudy, Ryan, Kyle and Ken!

FC: Half Dome Yosemite | June 2009 ~ June 2010 ~ August 2010

1: It's very early morning. Quiet, cool and peaceful. This is our cabin. We are starting our Half Dome hike from the valley floor | June 19, 2009 | Ondrej, Shirley, Rudy, Ryan, Lindy & Craig

2: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. CathyAllen

3: It's so beautiful! There is something wonderful about the morning air and watching the sun come up. The waterfalls are spectacular. I love the sound of the water!

7: Heading to the top of Vernal Falls on the mist trail. These steps are very wet from the mist of the falls. The steps are uneven and steep. | Thank you Rudy for the walking stick! | Up, up, up... One step at a time.

8: Vernal Falls | We're almost there. | (317ft)

9: The final steps to the top. Yay! There's a railing. LOL!

11: Top of Vernal Falls | Wow, those were some tough stairs. One should never forget the experience....but we shall see...

13: Do you feel the power of the water? Do you hear the rushing sound as the water passes? It's incredible up here. After that tough climb up, the cool air off the water feels wonderful. It's just so amazing and beautiful here!

17: Magnificent

24: Up, Up, Up... More steps..... We are coming out of the trees and headed for the saddle.

27: We are pretty high up now. The view is spectacular.

29: Well, this is it for me. I seem to have gotten altitude sick. :( Rudy is heading down with me. But I'm not done yet!

30: Ryan at the top!


39: June 18, 2010 | We've arrived a few days early so I have time to adjust to the altitude. Ondrej has also planned a few training hikes. | Half Dome Hike II

40: There's still snow on the ground. The poles are not up yet due to the late melt. Normally, they are up Memorial Weekend, but not this year. We will wait an extra day for them to go up. | It's Lembert Dome today.

42: Amanda and Ryan have found things to do as they wait for me to catch up. | Amanda has found a cozy spot among the trees to read. Hm...what is that girl reading this time? Ryan has decided to make snowballs. I wonder who he will throw them at. Amanda or Ondrej, or both....LOL!

44: Enjoying Nature, as we should be. | Hoo...I see. She's planning her trip. | Butt Sledding ... | It's fun this time of year. Warm enough for shorts and tee shirts, but still cool enough. I guess this is what spring skiing weather is like. It's nice for hiking too since it's not too hot.

48: The falls are all spectacular right now since the snow is melting. Lots of water flowing.

50: Beautiful, powerful WOW!

52: It's early morning. Ondrej has planned a new Half Dome route. Due to my altitude issues, we are starting from Glacier Point (7,214ft). Cutting across is a little further, but we are starting at a higher altitude so it should help me adjust.

54: This new route is working well. We went down first and then up to the Nevada falls area. The trees are providing nice shade. We also got a to see the dome and the falls from a different angle.

57: We've made it to the top of Nevada Falls. I'm breathing well. The day is starting to warm up. | Nevada Falls | (594 Feet) | Thank you Ondrej for the new route. It's looking good so far :)

59: We are at Nevada Falls now. We started late and I'm moving too slowly. I've told Amanda and Ondrej to go on without me since it's looking unlikely we will make it to the top early enough. They were only willing to leave if I promised to not go over the saddle on my own. So, off they went. I walked for awhile alone, but then met another slow hiker. So, she and I became new hiking buddies. We hiked to the steps before the saddle. She was afraid of heights and didn't want to continue. I probably could have kept going, but I stopped as promised. I was disappointed and fustrated to once again not get to the top. At this point, I didn't know if I would want to try this again. I was out of ideas on what would help my altitude sickness. Hmmmm.....

60: August 8, 2010 | Half Dome Hike III | I find myself back in Yosemite for the 2nd time this summer. Getting to the top of Half Dome was something I wouldn't let go of. Thankfully Amanda agreed to do this hike with me one more time and Uncle Ken agreed to be our driver. We started at Glacier Point since it worked well the last time. But as usual we started late. We got to Nevada Falls in good time. The challenge was getting to the saddle. Amanda was faster, but stopped and waited when I was out of sight. Using a few games to amuse ourselves, we made it to the saddle. I wish I had a photo of her "beached whale" position...LOL. I didn't talk much, but Amanda kept the conversation going and in between stories, she'd say "Breathe, Mom". That was the key, remembering to breathe and not holding my breath, plus a slower pace.

61: Amanda and I are resting at the saddle before starting up the cables.

62: It's spectacular! I'll say it again, I love the sound of the rushing water. So much power!

63: Oooo...Clear sparkly water. Did I mention I love the roaring water?

64: The Cables | Half Dome is actually two domes of granite, with a narrow saddle between. The first, smaller dome is climbed by negotiating 24 switchbacks of uneven rock steps, no railing! The second dome is climbed by negotiating the cables.

65: At The Top | (Half Dome (8.842 feet) | YES!!!

67: I'm not sure why I decided to do this, but it was quite the challenge for me. Third times the charm! Thank you, Amanda for making this hike twice in one summer. Your patience and support was amazing! The 2nd adventure was getting down. With our late morning start, we got off the dome very late, but not the last. Our pace was slow coming down due to Amanda's blisters (wrong socks). Luckily, at the backpackers camp, a camper was kind enough to give us lots of Band-Aids. By the time we got down to Nevada Falls, it was getting dark. Due to tiredness we make a bad decision to go down Mist Trail. Good thing I couldn't find my head lamp the morning we left for Yosemite, since it resulted in me bring my bike headlight. The bike light threw a beam 2-4 times brighter and longer. WE NEEDED IT! We lost the trail near Vernal Falls, but luckily we came across some illegal campers who directed us. They invited us to say, but we declined. When we got to the top of the stairs, we realized that one of the campers had followed us to make sure we made it. It was so dark and steep that I butt walked down the stairs with Amanda walking behind me. We got down safely. Note to self: Never go down Mist Trail! Now the trail was easier and we could move faster.Lost the trail near the end, but again our luck held and we ran into another group of hikers who knew the way. Shortly after we got back to the parking lot, we saw Ken coming out from between the cars. WHAT A FANTASTIC ADVENTRUE & JOURNEY!

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