WHAT TO PACK FOR HALF DOME
- Permit – Before planning on hiking Half Dome, you need to get a permit.
- 3L of Water – Water is a must for this hike, especially if you do it in the summer.
- Backpack – We’ve seen people do this hike with just a water bottle, a small day pack, and a full backpack.
- 1 What should I pack for Half Dome day hike?
- 2 What gear do I need for Half Dome?
- 3 How do I prepare for Half Dome hike?
- 4 What do you eat at Half Dome hike?
- 5 Has anyone died hiking Half Dome?
- 6 Is Half Dome a hard hike?
- 7 Is Half Dome scary?
- 8 Do I need gloves to hike Half Dome?
- 9 How fit do you have to be to hike Half Dome?
- 10 What is the best time to hike Half Dome?
- 11 Can you hike Half Dome without training?
- 12 How long does it take to climb Half Dome cables?
- 13 Is Half Dome safe?
- 14 How steep is Half Dome?
- 15 How do you hike Half Dome overnight?
What should I pack for Half Dome day hike?
Here is a typical packing list for the hike:
- High energy foods such as Bars & Nuts.
- About 1 gallon (3.8 l) of water/Gatorade (2l worked for me)
- Sun screen.
- Flash light (head mounted or hand held)
- Layered clothing (based upon weather)
- Hiking shoes or Trail running shoes (more below)
- First aid kit.
- Backpack (more below)
What gear do I need for Half Dome?
If you opt to use climbing gear, we recommend a Via Ferrata Kit, which includes a harness, carabiner, y-shaped lanyard, and helmet. Most people do not wear a helmet to climb Half Dome, but that’s up to you.
How do I prepare for Half Dome hike?
How to Train For Half Dome
- Work your way up to a 15 mile hike by adding 1-2 miles onto your longest hike every week.
- Feel comfortable climbing at least 4,000 feet in one day.
- Do some pulling exercises like seated rows for a few weeks before the hike.
- Try to spend some time at altitude before you hike Half Dome.
What do you eat at Half Dome hike?
8) During the day, take only snacks, no meals. Bring things that pack a lot of calories for the weight, like Clif Bars, chocolate covered almonds or snack mix. You’ll be expending a lot of calories, but you’ll also be lugging around the weight and it’s only a day. You don’t really need that multi-course meal.
Has anyone died hiking Half Dome?
Since 2005, there have been at least 13 deaths, 291 accidents and 140 search-and-rescue missions on Half Dome (2010 data not included). Before 2010, up to 1,200 people per day attempted the climb.
Is Half Dome a hard hike?
The trail to Half Dome from Yosemite Valley is an extremely strenuous hike covering over 17 miles. Hikers gain 4,800 feet of elevation along the trail that passes highlights such as Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall, before reaching the cables on Half Dome’s steep granite domes.
Is Half Dome scary?
It is completely fine to turn back as this is a genuinely scary section of hiking. It is far worse than anything we’ve ever seen in a decade of hiking around the world (Angels Landing has nothing on Half Dome). So if you’re not sure, just go and see it for yourself!
Do I need gloves to hike Half Dome?
Gloves: Proper gloves are a must on the Half Dome Cables. Any hardware store will carry nitrile utility work gloves that would be suitable for this hike. Nitrile coated gloves are lightweight and work best. Latex gloves with extra ‘rubberized’ grip are very good too, but some people are allergic to latex.
How fit do you have to be to hike Half Dome?
The trail up Half Dome is very steep and very slippery. This is not the place to confront your fears. You must have a very good level of physical fitness. You will be climbing (and then descending) 5,500 feet.
What is the best time to hike Half Dome?
Best Time to Visit: You can’t climb Half Dome unless the cables are up, which is generally from late May or early June through Columbus Day weekend in October. The waterfalls will be better the earlier in the year you go. Avoid Half Dome on days when there are thunder clouds in the area – it’s not worth the risk.
Can you hike Half Dome without training?
You Can Hike Half Dome in a Day Many people hike Half Dome in one day, but it is not recommended without proper training. The first thing to consider, is getting a permit for a day hike. There are 225 day hiking permits available each day and they are granted by lottery.
How long does it take to climb Half Dome cables?
The Half Dome Cable Hike will take hikers about 10 – 12 hours to complete, there and back, depending on skill level and weather. Undertakers of this trail will be rewarded with views of Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, Liberty Cap, and of course, Half Dome.
Is Half Dome safe?
Most years, hikers safely summit and descend from Half Dome with no fatalities. However, adverse weather conditions and lack of caution on the cables can put you in danger. Make sure to plan ahead, don’t attempt the hike if a storm is approaching, and prepare for a difficult climb.
How steep is Half Dome?
Half Dome Cables. Once at the top of Sub Dome, there’s only one way to the summit: the legendary Half Dome cables. Half Dome’s final 400-foot ascent heads up bare granite inclined between 45 and 60 degrees. It’s too steep to hike without falling, so the park service employs a unique metal cable system.
How do you hike Half Dome overnight?
Permits to hike to the top of Half Dome are required seven days per week when the cables are up, even for backpackers with wilderness permits. The quota for Half Dome permits for backpackers is 75 permits per day (50 available by reservation and 25 available two weeks in advance).