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Skiers complete first descent of Half Dome to Yosemite Valley

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avatar Skiers complete first descent of Half Dome to Yosemite Valley
February 27, 2021 09:24PM
From the San Francisco Chronicle:

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At first light on Sunday, in subfreezing temperatures, two men crested the top of Half Dome, clicked into their skis and started down the northeast face. They slowly scraped along the icy crust at terrifyingly steep gradients toward their destination: Yosemite Valley, 4,000 feet below...

https://www.sfchronicle.com/travel/article/Daring-skiers-complete-first-descent-of-Half-Dome-15980947.php



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Re: Skiers complete first descent of Half Dome to Yosemite Valley
March 01, 2021 05:28AM
The article is behind a paywall so I couldn't read it. I assume they skied down the route that's normally used for hikers climbing HD?
Re: Skiers complete first descent of Half Dome to Yosemite Valley
March 01, 2021 06:03AM
if you google something like "skiiers half dome" you'll get a ton of different news outlets covering the story. Here's just one that's not behind a paywall: https://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/2-skiers-defy-death-in-descent-of-yosemites-half-dome/

Fresno Bee also has a video up on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peKB2CepKQc&ab_channel=FresnoBee

From the pictures and videos, they clearly came down the cable route to the shoulder. It looks like they probably went down the granite steps on the shoulder (or near there) after that and then went down (one of) the climbers route beneath the face. Note that they did not ski the entire route (e.g., they rappelled past the "death slabs"winking smiley but in any case, it's one way to beat the crowds! spinning smiley sticking its tongue out
Re: Skiers complete first descent of Half Dome to Yosemite Valley
March 01, 2021 05:27PM
I wonder how many other people will try this before someone dies and the park service prohibits further attempts...



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I wonder how many other people will try this before someone dies and the park service prohibits further attempts...

Takes a lot of effort to get to the top of HD in the snow, including some facility with climbing on ice. One of the guys who did this has lived in Yosemite since he was a little kid - even worked there as a ranger - and only tried this now. If you can make it to the top in winter, you're probably smart enough to know whether or not skiing down is a realistic option for you. So I don't see this becoming a big thing. And if the NPS prohibits it - are they going to post a ranger up there to prevent people from climbing up and skiing down?

If a person wants to kill himself while thrill-seeking in Yosemite, there are lots of ways to go, whether or not the NPS permits it. Seems like every year we read about someone who fell over Nevada Falls taking a selfie.
Re: Skiers complete first descent of Half Dome to Yosemite Valley
March 02, 2021 08:48AM
Yes, but they do outlaw BASE jumping, for example...



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Re: Skiers complete first descent of Half Dome to Yosemite Valley
March 01, 2021 11:22PM
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