Solitude on Half Dome on a Saturday

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Solitude on Half Dome on a Saturday

Post by davidsheridan » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:59 am

Well, I figured I needed to make my Half Dome TR subject line somewhat intriguing, as most HST members are more into solitude further away from the crowds at Happy Isles. And a popular trail like Half Dome is not a crowd-pleaser.

But I figure I would post this TR anyway for two reasons:
1) We are all starving for TR's given the delayed season in 2019
2) It gives me a chance to plug the nonprofit I love and support: Bay Area Wilderness Training: www.bawt.org

This is my third year in a row joining a group of fundraisers up to Half Dome in support of Bay Area Wilderness Training www.bawt.org

Thursday 6/6/2019
• A group of 7 colleagues depart our office in Walnut Creek at 2:30 PM
• Quick Pit Stop at Chinese Camp Store for a beer in the backyard picnic tables
• Arrive at Half Dome Village and get some pizza before going to cabins for some sleep

Friday 6/7/2019
• Pickup Permit at wilderness center for 1 night at Little Yosemite Valley backpackers campground and Half Dome permits
• Hiking out of Half Dome village by 10AM and Arrive at Little Yosemite Valley Backpackers Camp by 2:30PM
• At Camp: Enjoy the beach on the Merced river, Happy hour, stretching, early dinner, early bedtime

Saturday 6/8/2019
• Wake up at 2 a.m.
• 3AM – start night hike
• Hit sub-dome at First light, and witness sunrise on the cables
• We had the whole Half Dome to ourselves “Solitude on Half Dome”
02 Mist Trail.JPG
Adam, Cassie, and Guin, move up the steep Mist Trail along Vernal Falls. The epic 2019 snowpack, was melting rapidly in the late spring sun, creating extremely powerful waterfalls on the Merced River. The Mist Trail, was more like a car wash this year!
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David, Guin, Adam, Cassie, Eric, Jennifer, Perry pictured here climbing the Mist Trail alongside Nevada Falls. This team is part of a larger 33 member climbing team who are fundraising to support Bay Area Wilderness Training. Together this larger team is working to raise $80,000 to help enable hundreds of youth have similar outdoor adventures. Let's Help Get Youth Outdoors!
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Adam, David, Cassie, and Jennifer are hanging out at Little Yosemite Valley Backpackers Campground, getting some rest and enjoying a fun happy hour and stretching. There is a great beach alongside the Merced River. Early to bed tonight, the team will awake at 2 a.m. to be hiking by 3 a.m. to catch the sunrise on Half Dome! The team is so proud to fundraising support such a great organization, Bay Area Wilderness training. Let's Help Get Youth Outdoors!
05 Cassie Sub dome.png
Cassie, pictured here climbing high on the sub-dome at first light with Yosemite’s High Sierra and snow-capped peaks in the background. Moments later the sun would rise and light up Half Dome. Thank you Cassie for Helping Get Youth Outdoors!

06 Summit Flag Shot.JPG
Perry, Jennifer, Adam, and Eric on top of Half Dome. The skies clear as the team hiked through the night under the stars, and the sun rose as they ascended the cables of Half Dome. The team had Half Dome to themselves at this early morning hour. They are very proud to fundraise and support Bay Area Wilderness Training through the Climbing for Kids program. These employees of CSAA Insurance Group (AAA) are on top of the world and so thankful to be able to create opportunities for low-income youth and youth of color to have similar adventures in Yosemite and beyond!
07 Diving Board Team Shot.JPG
Jennifer, Perry, Eric, and David pictured here on the ‘diving board’ feature of Half Dome. The team is elated to have reached our summit, and have supported Bay Area Wilderness Training!
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Jennifer descending the Half Dome cables. Jennifer overcame her fears, as she really didn't want to climb the cables after getting first glance of them atop the sub-dome. We are very proud of her for persevering, and also for her amazing fundraising efforts!
08 Cables.JPG
Half Dome cable route is a spectacular! The team is elated to have made it, and relieved to be down, making their way back to base camp. Climbing for Kids is such an amazing experience, not only for the personal adventures, but also for the greater good and supporting Bay Area Wilderness Training
09 Guin Descent.JPG
Guin looks out into Yosemite’s high country as she starts her descent from high on the Half Dome Trail. Thanks Guin for your efforts in fundraising!

Check out the full photo gallery here: https://link.shutterfly.com/MIfZ36YgpX
Check out the team fundraising page here: https://bawt.salsalabs.org/aaaandaoncli ... index.html
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Re: Solitude on Half Dome on a Saturday

Post by davidsheridan » Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:43 pm

I went with another group of fundraisers on a second Half Dome trip 6/23 - 6/24 two weeks after the first trip.

Had a great time. Another sunrise up top with the Dome to ourselves.

Still lots of snow holding in the Sierra and great tiem to see all of the waterfalls in Yosemite

It was a thrilling adventure that took the team up the amazing waterfalls of the Mist Trail to a great campsite along the Merced River, and then on an amazing night hike up to the summit of Half Dome for the sunrise over the Sierra Crest! This team is part of a larger team of 33 fundraisers who are raising money for Bay Area Wilderness Training. The team goal is to raise $80,000 to support helping get low income youth and youth of color equitable access to outdoor opportunities.
Check out the full for gallery here: https://link.shutterfly.com/rmgzVdPfOX
07 Tracy David cables at first light.JPG
Tracy and David approach the Half Dome cables at first light, they would ascend in time to catch the sunrise over the Sierra Crest from a top of Half Dome. They are so proud to support such an amazing organization, Bay Area Wilderness Training. Let's Help Get Youth Outdoors!
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This is the victory-pose picture! David, Steve, Victor, Andrea, Alex, Rachel, Tracy, Doug are feeling pretty hard core after getting up and down those scary cables to the summit of Half Dome! What a great team raising money for a great non-profit! We encourage you, wherever you are, to participate in Climbing for Kids so that you can reach new heights! - PM me if you are interested!
06 Team AAA and AON.JPG
Team AAA and AON is composed of colleagues and friends who understand how important it is to get out into nature and also wanted to find a way to give back so that less fortunate young people have similar opportunities. They are so happy to be part of a larger team raising $80,000 for Bay Area Wilderness Training to support youth camping, backpacking, and hiking trips for thousands of youth every year. The team left to right: Rachel, Tracy, David, Doug, Alex, Andrea, Steve, Victor. www.bawt.org
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Re: Solitude on Half Dome on a Saturday

Post by gary c. » Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:13 am

Totally awesome cause and hike. I'm always down for trip reports about the outdoors and smileing faces like those.
"On this proud and beautiful mountain we have lived hours of fraternal, warm and exalting nobility. Here for a few days we have ceased to be slaves and have really been men. It is hard to return to servitude."
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Re: Solitude on Half Dome on a Saturday

Post by davidsheridan » Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:23 am

Thanks Gary C.!

Since you like good pictures and smiling faces, I am going to add one more photo, which is the best photo from this trip, in my opinion.

This is my friend's first backpacking trip... at sunrise on 6/24/2019 on Half Dome. I think she might be hooked on the Sierra!
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