Project Horizon Series Part 8: Hike Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

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• Project Horizon Series Index

http://www.meetup.com/NYCAsianMeetup/events/225461547/

ADMISSION: By Permit

DIFFICULTY: Strenuous
DISTANCES: 14.2 Miles
DURATION: 12 Hours

DESCRIPTION:

Rising nearly 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 feet above sea level, Half Dome is a Yosemite icon and a great challenge to many hikers. Despite an 1865 report declaring that it was "perfectly inaccessible, being probably the only one of the prominent points about the Yosemite which never has been, and never will be, trodden by human foot," George Anderson reached the summit in 1875, in the process laying the predecessor to today's cable route.

The 14- to 16-mile round-trip hike to Half Dome is not for you if you're out of shape or unprepared. You will be gaining elevation (for a total of 4,800 feet) most of your way to the top of Half Dome. Most would say the reward is worth the effort. Along the way, you'll see outstanding views of Vernal and Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap, Half Dome, and--from the shoulder and summit--panoramic views of Yosemite Valley and the High Sierra.

Most hikers take 10 to 12 hours to hike to Half Dome and back; some take longer. If you plan on hiking during the day, it's smart to leave around sunrise (or earlier) and then have a non-negotiable turn-around time. For instance, if you haven't reached the top of Half Dome by 3:30 pm, you will turn around. Check for sunrise and sunset times before you hike. Regardless, each person should carry a flashlight or headlamp with good batteries (hikers commonly struggle down the trail after dark because they don't have a flashlight). Although the trail is well marked, you should be prepared with a good topographic map and compass and know how to use them.

ATTRACTIONS:
• Vernal Fall

• Nevada Falls

http://www.summitpost.org/images/original/851488.JPG

• Merced River

• Half Dome Cables Trail

• View From the Top

• Seating at the edge

RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO BRING:
• Lunch
• Snacks & Fruits
• Sun Screen
• Bug Repellent

RECOMMENDED CLOTHES TO WEAR:
• Hat
• Sun Glasses
• Lightweight clothing
• Hiking Boots and Gloves
• Lightweight Back Pack
• Lightweight workout pants

WEATHER:

http://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:95389.1.99999

MAP:

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/37.7356279,-119.5657017/Half+Dome/@37.7379559,-119.5391696,15z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x8096f3eabdb1c0a3:0xa3a5442cc2ec7a64!2m2!1d-119.5331992!2d37.7459192!3e2

EFERENCE:
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/halfdome.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Grande_Soufri%C3%A8re

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