Half Dome a Year Later

The majority of the Regular Northwest Face route climbs out of the fall-line for these unstable areas, staying left of the fall-line in the first 11 pitches, and traversing across the top of the scar for pitch 12. Only where the new route pendulums right into the chimneys at the top of the scar does it briefly cross the new roofs formed by the rockfall; fortunately that section can be climbed relatively quickly, or avoided altogether by climbing higher before penduluming right.

Good beta to take into account if you are thinking about heading up to Half Dome before the Valley climbing season ends.


Climbers interested in the Regular route are reminded that loose rock exists not only on the periphery of the rock scar but along the entire route. Bivying in the traditional sites at the base of the route is allowed with an NPS wilderness permit but not recommended. If the route returns to its popular status in future years, climbing the route with multiple parties on the wall warrants extra rockfall caution.

The new blank section would be interesting to check out (see picture ). I remember the long chimney climb I had to do there before the features came off in the rockfall

Half Dome Post-Rock Fall Conditions: One Year Later