June 2006: Loose Cannons Climb Half Dome in Yosemite


Imagine the feeling of being on top of the world.

Now, imagine being there with 90 of your friends and family; climbing Half Dome with the Loose Cannons.

This hike is approximately 17 miles round trip with a 4,800-foot elevation change. It can take anywhere from 10-12 hours. Conditions include the ‘Mist Trail’, so named from the spray of the waterfalls which soaks hikers; a thick granite stair case; a series of steep switchbacks; and the infamous cables. The last part of the trail is too steep to climb without some type of support – some sections are at a 45 degree slope. The park service graciously maintains the cables up the last quarter mile to the summit.

These are not ants.

Climbers afectionately call this “the diving board.” Before you get any ideas,
BASE jumping and hang gliding from Half Dome are strictly forbidden.