Climb Snake Dike on Half Dome (8 pitch trad climb, 17 mi backpack roundtrip

Note:  Hikers are welcome to join us. You will need a Half Dome permit if you want to climb the cables and meet us on top.  Please clarify if you are planning on hiking or climbing. 

Everybody starts out on the waiting list so I know who is going for sure.  Once you answer the meetup questions and confirm you can go and make sure I have your contact info then I will update your rsvp to "going".  If you can't go please let me know ASAP and/or change your rsvp to "not going".  Thanks.


Wilderness permit for Oct 10th.  We need to send in our request for Wilderness permits on Apr 25th.  I will create a separate meetup for this with instructions.

Multipitch trad experience.   At least one person per team needs to be capable of leading yosemite 5.7 or better by the time of the trip.  For many of you this will require dedicated climbing during this spring/summer.  (note: this must be verified by trip organizer). 


Pick up Wilderness permits in Yosemite Valley on Friday morning/early afternoon.

Meet at trailhead parking on Friday morning/early afternoon.  Recommend taking Friday off work.

Backpack into Little Yosemite Valley on Friday morning/early afternoon.

Camp in LYV on Friday night.

Get up very early Saturday morning and hike up to the base

Climb Snake Dike and descend the cables back to camp in LYV

Camp in LYV on Saturday night.

Hike back to the valley on Sunday

Climbing gear per team:

personal climbing gear including helmet, harness, belay device, shoes

half trad rack for each team of two = set of cams to #3, one set of nuts

alpine draws, 4ft slings, small lockers, few non-lockers

60m rope

camelbak or small pack with bladder for carrying water, etc


headlamp w fresh batteries

topo of climb




Lip balm

only synthetic clothes (no cotton)

light warm jacket

fleece hat

(note: you will need to carry up your hiking shoes so think about what shoes you will want to bring and make sure you have a locking carabiner for them)

walkie-talkie radio each set to channel 8-6

Backpacking gear (minimum):

backpack that can carry at least the following:

mummy bag

sleeping pad

tent (recommend sharing to cut down on weight)

your extra clothes and climbing gear.

backpacking stove (can be shared, maybe one per 2 ppl)

campstove fuel (can be shared)

water purifier (I will bring one, but would be nice to have at least one for every 3 or 4 people)

Bear canister (can be shared)

Food (easy to cook or doesn't need cooking):

bfast for 2 days

lunch for 2 days

dinners for 2 nights (recommend freeze dried foods that u just add water too)

Suggested climbing teams (to be added later )

(Note; faster teams will go first so nobody is being held up, efficiency is key to speed on this climb, 30min per pitch should be plenty)

If you need gear, let me know, I may have extra that you can borrow. Some gear can be rented from various locations in the bay area.

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  • Avra

    Really fantastic adventure! Super fun group, physically and mentally challenging. Great way to end the summer. Thank you Stan for leading this awesome trip. Your thoughtfulness of the group and preparation was apparent. I'm still sore! But looking forward to the next adventure....

    October 14

  • A former member
    A former member

    Runout and awesome! Great time with a great bunch of people. Long hard weekend. My calves will be sore all week. ENDLESS SLABS!

    1 · October 12

  • Kiran

    how are we setup? up on friday to start hiking.
    did we figure out follower - leader ratio

    October 6

    • Julian M.

      Kiran, I'm not ready to completely lead Snake Dike myself. I'm partnering with a more experienced leader. Let's do some easier multipitch trad climbs after this trip to get more experience!

      October 7

    • Kiran

      thanks Julian :), will catch up for more trad climbs

      October 8

  • Julian M.

    I just got the following e-mail from Yosemite Conservancy. I think this doesn't currently affect our plans (cf. the map at ), and I'm hoping this won't change. Here it is (excerpt):

    You are receiving this email in regards to your Yosemite Wilderness permit. Due to the Meadow Fire, some areas are closed in Yosemite National Park […]:

    * Clouds Rest, and the trail from the John Muir Trail/Half Dome junction to the Sunrise Lakes junction that passes over Clouds Rest.
    * The John Muir Trail from the Half Dome junction to Sunrise High Sierra Camp.
    * The trail from the John Muir Trail/Half Dome junction to the Echo Valley Trail junction.
    * The trail along the Merced River between Little Yosemite Valley and Echo Valley.

    […] Visit for the most up to date information about trail closures […]

    Little Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Sunrise backpackers’ campground and Merced Lake backpackers’ campground are all open.

    September 18

  • Reese R.

    I will have to unfortunately back out of this trip due to a family event that will require me to be on the east coast at this time. I've changed my rsvp so my spot is open! Have fun and be safe!

    September 15

  • Homam

    You did the right thing Stan, Thanks. Business is so slow!

    August 28, 2014

  • Aaron

    I also do not have experience leading trad, just leading sport and following trad. Let me know if you need a follower :)

    April 23, 2014

  • Kiran

    are we sending in single permit request or multiple permit requests?

    how many folks should we mention for permit request? max? min?

    April 23, 2014

  • Christine

    I've only followed on trad climbs and don't have my own gear. I plan on getting more experience this summer but just wanted to be honest with my experience. Most recently, I followed on a 5.8 6 pitch at Red Rocks. Before that, was 6.5 pitches on a 5.6 at Tahquitz. So I need a partner (new to Bay Area too and don't have consistent partner yet), I'll be happy to follow but hopefully I can get enough experience this summer to take turns leading the pitches.

    April 22, 2014

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