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Half Dome

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 15 May 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Half Dome is a granite dome in Yosemite National Park, located at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley — possibly Yosemite's most familiar sight. The granite crest rises more than 4,737 ft (1,444 m) above the valley floor.


As late as the 1870s, Half Dome was declared "perfectly inaccessible",[1] but it may now be ascended in several different ways. Thousands of hikers reach the top each year by following a trail from the valley floor. The trailhead is only 2 mi (3.2 km) from Half Dome itself, but the circuitous route is 8.5 mi (13.7 km) long. The final ascent is accomplished by following a pair of metal cables raised on posts up the peak's steep but somewhat rounded east face. The cable route was constructed in 1919, but followed close to the route of George Anderson's October, 1875 first ascent made by drilling iron eyebolts into the smooth granite.


Photo taken April 17, 2008.

Canon PowerShot A630 1/1000 second F/3.5 22 mm

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Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Hong Kong

An amazing and grand image, just super!

15 May 2008 5:22am

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

This is an awesome natural structure, and a fantastic image and write up Steven.

15 May 2008 10:21am

Ina from Krugersdorp, South Africa

Interesting info, great shot :)

15 May 2008 12:08pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Canada

Very nice photo of this impressive dome!

15 May 2008 1:50pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

That quite looks like a challenge! Did you try to reach the summit? :-) Grand shot!

15 May 2008 2:14pm

Mandy from Johannesburg, South Africa

Wow - that's one impressive looking dome! I've heard about Yosemite National Park, will definitely need to come and see it for myself one day! :)

15 May 2008 3:41pm

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

Wow Now there's a place i must go

15 May 2008 6:42pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

This is definitely near the top of my "must see" places list. Great photo.

15 May 2008 7:41pm

Tim from Bordeaux, France

Awesome! I'd like to go there! great shot!

15 May 2008 7:48pm

Observing from Chester, United Kingdom

Spectacular scene.

15 May 2008 8:09pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

I'll take the circuitous route... and this photo reminds me of the first great photographs.

15 May 2008 10:54pm

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

Beautiful shot of a very famous mountain.

17 May 2008 1:30am