Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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On Wednesday while I was busy grunting up the Half Dome trail, Alex Honnold, the new climbing Messiah, was resting from his June 22 climb up the face of Half Dome in a record a tad over 2 hours and then scooted over to El Capitan and climbed it – that’s both faces in a total of 8 hours. Alex is 22 and hails from Sacramento.
He admits to climbing being his only passion – in fact, the only thing he does! He got to the top of HD very early then descended and drove over to El Cap. It took him 2:09 to get up Half Dome and 5:59 to summit El Cap via “The Nose” route. It takes me 2 hours to walk to Little Yosemite Valley!! Counting transit time between the two monsters, it took him 11 hours. A new record for those interested in beating it. He used a 30 ft cord on Half Dome and he brought a full 60 meter rope on The Nose, but only used it getting to the boot, the king swing, and on the great roof. You may recall that he FREE Solo’d up Half Dome – no ropes, alone, on September 6, 2008. His time was 2 hours 50 mins.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The astronomer looks high, the geologist low. Who looks between on the surface of the earth? The farmer I suppose, but too often he sees only grain, and of that only the mere bread-bushel-and-price of it.” – John Muir
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com