Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, CA

August 25, 2022

Climbing Half Dome was easily the biggest adrenaline rush I had during my time in Yosemite National Park. I was fortunate enough to get lottery passes to do Half Dome after applying only a day or so before!


We got up at about 3 AM to get the initial miles to the base of the climb done by sunrise, and we were definitely rewarded with a beautiful sunrise that day.


Walking up the side of Half Dome is no joke, I'd like to say I challenge myself but this was one of the few times I almost turned around. As you're going up, not only is the gradient close to 80% at times, your left and right drops off very quickly.


We had tape around our hands to help our grip and prevent blistering. The view was incredible as well!


Here's a view from the base of Half Dome to give a sense of the incline.

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