So, you want to know how to climb Half Dome. Just look at the majestic and thrilling sight of Half Dome, and imagine yourself at the top. Believe it or not, you can do it in a day! Prepare well, several months ahead, and you can make this arduous, mile high, 18 mile round trip hike in Yosemite National Park. Take the challenge seriously, as unprepared people have lost their lives on this trail.
Research the Half Dome hike. Get a map, buy a book about hiking Half Dome, and learn all you can about hiking in general, too.
Check the dates that the cables are in place for you to make the final ascent up the granite face to the top of Half Dome. Apply for a permit to climb the formation.
Condition yourself for the high elevation Half Dome climb months in advance. Work up to walking at least 20 miles at once. Do some hill work outside, and use a stairclimber machine to get yourself ready to walk up, up, up. Lift weights for upper body strength. You’ll be using your arms to pull yourself up the cables for the last four hundred feet of almost vertical rock face at the end of the hike.
Wear clothing that is waterproof, breathable, and layered. The weather can change greatly as you climb almost a mile to the top of Half Dome, so you need to be prepared.
Bring the right equipment. Wear professionally fitted hiking shoes with lots of grip. Wear a lightweight daypack. Bring a hat, sunscreen, moleskin for blisters, dry socks, and food. Bring grippy gloves to wear for when you’re pulling yourself up the cables. Don’t forget your camera.
Bring a gallon of water. Wear your water in a belt that includes pockets for small water containers all the way around your waist. This will balance the load. Bring some dried fruit and nuts as snacks, too.
Drink in the breathtaking beauty at the top of Half Dome. Enjoy the hard earned vista. What a rare opportunity!
Take the challenge seriously, as unprepared people have lost their lives on this trail. Keep in mind that there are guided hikes that you can do. These cost money, but supply an expert guide.