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Half Dome Hike
14 October, 2006
Posted Tue 17 October 2006
Shot October 2006
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Those of you who know me well know I enjoy hiking quite a lot. This particular hike up to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, however, was a pretty intense experience and definitely ranks up there with the most difficult hikes I've done. The hike runs from near the very base of Half Dome up to the very top at 8,842 feet, making for an elevation gain of around 4,800 feet (roughly one vertical mile). Round trip it's about 20 miles of trail and takes around ten hours if you really crank.

Additional pictures by Mike O'Neal.
Our camp early morning before heading out to the trail.
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Our camp early morning before heading out to the trail.
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Our camp early morning before heading out to the trail.
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Our camp early morning before heading out to the trail.
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Godrays from behind Half Dome.
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Godrays from behind Half Dome.
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About 3/4 of a mile on the trail, we get our first view of Vernal Falls with the Liberty Cap behind.
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Looking the opposite direction down the Merced River from where we came.
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Vernal Falls
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Vernal Falls and the Mist Trail.  This time of year there isn't much water, so the mist is minimal.
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Mike takes a picture along the Mist Trail (he's the tiny guy part way up the trail).
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Now at the top of the falls, we look back along the Merced River and the Mist Trail.
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The Mist Trail from above.
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Liberty Cap on the way up to Nevada Falls.
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Sky and sun reflected.
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Mike
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