Monday, February 25, 2008

Half Dome. Been There, Done That.

On September 20th, 2003, Darcy and I along with a group of people including my buddy Ben, climbed the famous Half Dome in Yosemite. Even though we knew it would be a challenge, we also knew it would be an achievement we would proudly live with for the rest of our lives.

Instead of stringing sentences together to describe this journey, I'll exemplify it with pictures and short descriptions. Here we go:

We started before sunrise:

Early on in the walk is this waterfall (Ben and I):

We hiked up STEEP calf-burning terrain:

Sometimes it was EXTREMELY STEEP:

We stared at where were going amazed at how far and high we still had to go (and this picture was taken when we were pretty far along in the hike!):

We stared at the danger we faced as we prepared to climb the cables up to the summit:

Here's a close-up of people scaling the cable to the top of Half Dome:

We enjoyed the amazing views from the top! It took about six hours to get there, but it was well worth it. We stayed up there for an hour, soaked in the views, took pictures, and ate lunch.

On top of the world:

Cool Picture, huh?:

What goes up, must come down:

Getting down was much faster than getting up (thank you gravity), so the whole journey took 11 hours. I've been a part of some of the most grueling training sessions in my years of high school basketball and soccer, but I don't think my legs have ever felt like jell-o as much as they did at the end of this hike. It was literally painful to take another step!

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