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Rapelling Half Dome
December 14, 2012 10:29AM
Has anyone heard of rapelling down Half Dome after reaching the top with the cables??
Just curious.
A lady friend was telling me that a friend of hers did this recently. My response was, "no way".



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/14/2012 11:19AM by trailblazer.
avatar Re: Rapelling Half Dome
December 15, 2012 03:55AM
Any details on what they mean by "rapelling down"?
Re: Rapelling Half Dome
December 15, 2012 10:16PM
My first thought was perhaps they meant now with the cables "down" and using the cables to rappel. down. But I'm also not sure what the question means.
avatar Re: Rapelling Half Dome
December 16, 2012 07:21AM
One can go down the Snake Dike but going down the face is lunacy for several reasons. Google "rappelling half dome".



Old Dude



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/16/2012 07:21AM by mrcondron.
Re: Rapelling Half Dome
December 16, 2012 08:13AM
I'm pretty sure your friend was talking about "rappeling" down the cables.

No way you would or could do that down the North Face.
avatar Re: Rapelling Half Dome
December 16, 2012 09:08AM
Silly question..... those that climb the face of Half Dome; how do they get down? The cables?
Re: Rapelling Half Dome
December 16, 2012 09:25AM
Yes.

Climbing up usually is much easier than down. winking smiley
Re: Rapelling Half Dome
December 16, 2012 11:51AM
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Half Dome Hiker


No way you would or could do that down the North Face.
do you know that for sure? Its pretty common to have rappel anchors after each pitch
Re: Rapelling Half Dome
December 17, 2012 12:35AM
No, I don't know that for sure. And I'm not a rock climber at all.

However from what I know about it I feel it's very unlikely someone could pull that off. Maybe Alex Honnold and Dean Potter. winking smiley
Re: Rapelling Half Dome
December 16, 2012 11:52AM
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trailblazer
Has anyone heard of rapelling down Half Dome after reaching the top with the cables??
Just curious.
A lady friend was telling me that a friend of hers did this recently. My response was, "no way".
some guys tried this on El Cap last summer, YOSAR was called in.
avatar Re: Rapelling Half Dome
December 16, 2012 12:12PM
Instead of rapelling down Half Dome, what the Park Service could implement, especially to reduce any form of crowding on the cables (and overcrowding on the Half Dome trail too) would be to build a zip-line from the top of Half Dome back to Happy Isles trailhead and bus stop. How cool would be that!

And just think of the benefits, they could make the Half Dome cables just one-way (up only) and then everyone would leave Half Dome via the zip-line. It would also speed up the evacuation of Half Dome when thunderstoms and lightning is threatening.

wink
Re: Rapelling Half Dome
December 16, 2012 02:21PM
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plawrence
Instead of rapelling down Half Dome, what the Park Service could implement, especially to reduce any form of crowding on the cables (and overcrowding on the Half Dome trail too) would be to build a zip-line from the top of Half Dome back to Happy Isles trailhead and bus stop. How cool would be that!

Of course, you'd probably be going about 200MPH by the time you hit Happy Isles and any kind of impact barrier would probably cause serious injury but it would be a lot easier for SAR to reach you!

It WOULD be a helluva ride though!

wink
Re: Rapelling Half Dome
December 16, 2012 05:29PM
Or, they could just rip out the cables altogether and let the climbers do as they will.

That would surely diminish the daily injuries and the too-many hiker fatalities quite a lot.
Re: Rapelling Half Dome
December 17, 2012 08:00AM
people rap straight down el cap every year. not sure what kind of gear they use but you can google it. its like thing you can (or could) pay to do. as far as rapping half dome people do portions of it all the time. its like 20 something pitches and i think all belays are bolted. people have rappelled down part or all of snake dike and even the cables too (instead of using the
cables) but the person in the original post probably meant she just used the cables to get down.

as far as rapping one shot straight down the face like they do on el cap, it would leave the person on the 'death slabs.' theyd have
to go down from there or climb the social trail below the face to the subdome
area. could be fun i guess...i think id rather pay someone to drag me up the face rather than pay someone to haul a rope up there, hike up and slide down it.
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