Yosemite N.P. – How to Hike Half Dome (Vlog)

Yosemite N.P. – How to Hike Half Dome (Vlog)

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In one day my daughter and I hiked to the top of “Half Dome,” the iconic rock formation in Yosemite National Park on July 26, 2017. This video shows a condensed version of the entire hike, with verbal advice and experiences along the way.

Water (at least 8 bottles each)
1 Powerade (each)
Gloves (with rubber grip) – called “madgrip” from Lowes
Small bug repellent
Light sweatshirt
Food (tuna, trail mix, beef jerky, protein bars, bread, banana)
Hiking poles
Small Sunscreen
Regular camera, batteries (3), GoPro/head strap
Cell Phone
Rain ponchos?
Jobe Tripod
Some aspirin
ID and confirmation letter

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  1. Ruben Ruvalcaba on April 11, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    How many hours round trip. 14 miles round trip. Have you tried Clouds Rest from Tenaya lake.15 miles round trip. Beautiful scenery. Love Yosemite. 😇❤️🙏❤️😇

  2. aleckson Vlogzz on April 11, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    I am just gonna go ahead and say it…that view is not worth the climb. Great video though, glad you enjoyed yourselves

  3. Lyle watson on April 11, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Hi there, as you were saying in the video about the weight of the water in your day bag. have you considered sterilisation tablets, all you do is fill your bottle up in a river or stream any form of water weather its clean or not. put one tablet in the bottle and wait 30 mins and it is fully sterile ready to drink. it gives a slight taste of chlorine but you get used to it.

  4. TreeFiddy on April 11, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Ah, I remember this trail. Did it with my daughter, and she was hopping up and down around me, while I was barely able to breath.

  5. Nadine Carr on April 11, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    We were here last year, we didn’t get to climb but loved Yosemite, hoping to get back here very very soon, great video, thank you!

  6. SM ZYX on April 11, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Slight incline and its a hard hike ? You havent been to rough places friend

  7. Jeff Allen on April 11, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Every time I go hiking in Yosemite, it’s the hike down that ends up being hard part because of that hard granite on my knee’s and feet.

  8. Madis Karu on April 11, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Great Video 😛 that’s the motivation i need to start looking for a permit 😀

  9. Jay Braithwaite on April 11, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Super rad. Thank you for documenting these adventures.

  10. Eric P Padillo on April 11, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    hike it from glacier point is the best way to hike it, but looks amazing.

  11. Paul Bradbury on April 11, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Did this hike in about 2008-ish. Didn’t need a permit back then and thankfully when we got to the rock climb there were only two other people on the rock, was super nice and will never forget the experience 🙂

  12. morbidorbits on April 11, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    I am very impressed with the way that your daughter did this entire hike and looked so calm. This just goes to show that big muscles are not needed, as her skinny frame and a strong desire to see extreme nature, were all that was required. Well done young lady!!

  13. jaime preciado on April 11, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    I’ve been there

  14. Travel review DIY on April 11, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Hello from Connecticut

  15. good over evil on April 11, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    So proud of your daughter my bro.
    She’s more brave than me 🤪🤙
    My legs got weak watching the video 😬

  16. Zach Guerrero on April 11, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Awesome video and incredible hike!! I hope to be doing this hike with my future wife after we get married this June! Fingers crossed that we can get a permit!

  17. Hutzman76 on April 11, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    I hiked up to the top of vernal falls and that wasn’t easy. Great memories!

  18. mary tyra on April 11, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Good to see this video but I don’t think this hike is for me. I have a habit of falling on trails.

  19. 미국자동차여행 USA Roadtrip on April 11, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing your information to trail to half dome .

  20. Shogun Skilling on April 11, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Great video mate, from Scotland

  21. a1scoot on April 11, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Did this hike many years ago with a few friends….the memory faded a bit about how tough a hike this was. Your video refreshed my mind! Thanks for the reminder.

  22. Randy Shields on April 11, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Who needs to hike when I can just watch these videos!!! Thanks!

  23. CrazyCowPie on April 11, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    My friends and I did this hike years ago. Best time to start the hike is early (I mean early) like you guys did. Great job and great rewards once you’re on top of Half Dome

  24. Doggy Style on April 11, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    After watching this video, I have decided it’s better and healthier to watch someone else do this.

  25. Major Payne on April 11, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Is this hike wheelchair accessible?

  26. the.boi.Israel on April 11, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    i did this a bit underprepared but it was a great hike/ experience sadly i didn’t have my permits to go on top of half dome.

  27. Michael on April 11, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Discovered your channel yesterday, what fantastic content thank you very much! For years i’ve wanted to do some of the amazing US national parks and your channel is bang on the money for helping me plan a trip that will suit my interests., really great!

  28. chrillabbe on April 11, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    i wanted to see the food he was gonna eat

  29. JackFate76 on April 11, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Beautiful, but way too many people, signs and rangers for my taste.

  30. MS on April 11, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    subscribed~ love it

  31. Heath Crumbsnatcher Davidson on April 11, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    great video! thank you for sharing…

  32. Saif Rehman on April 11, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Awesome job buddy!! I was there with my 4 boys but made did only to mist trail 🙂 u guys r amazing really.
    All the Best!!

  33. The Norm on April 11, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Just found out this channel today, great videos! Thanks for the tips!

  34. John B on April 11, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Amazing Video! My wife and I hiked Half Dome 14 years ago (2006) and it is something I will never forget!
    Didn’t need a permit back then though. If we hike half dome again, we’ll definitely need to get it shape and train for it!
    Again great video! Thanks for sharing!

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  36. jeylem aristondo on April 11, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    My hands are sweating watching this no joke

  37. Angela Watkins on April 11, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    This. Is. Amazing. I’m so happy for you and your daughter, what an accomplishment! Your video is excellent, I really enjoyed it.

  38. George V on April 11, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    This was my first real hike. It was amazing. Video doesn’t do it justice.

  39. George Cataulin on April 11, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    No harness for the cables?

  40. Matthew Squire on April 11, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Really cool video. Well done to you both.

  41. s temple on April 11, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    tough hike. I have done it and if someone had told me about the hike up Im not sure I would have done it with such steep switchbacks. Congrats!!!!

  42. SavrockIsMyName on April 11, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Next time you should bring a harness and a few biners to attach to the cables so
    If you do fall you have something to catch you. Correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure a person died hiking up.

  43. Bob Ross on April 11, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    WOW WHEE! What a great hike/trip/vlog! Was that pic in beginning from Washburn point? At 71, don’t think I could accomplish that but maybe could go half way; thanks for the virtual tour. This is 3rd one of your endeavors that I viewed. Thanks, thanks & thanks!

  44. NEETzsche on April 11, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    she looks like natalie portman

  45. Ed smith on April 11, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    The first time I did it with my son he was 7. That was back in the days before permits and some of that other goofy stuff.

  46. Ray Bouknight on April 11, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Congrats on this hike! I have done hiked to Vernal Falls twice and Nevada Falls once. It was beautiful but crowded! We had to race a Boy Scout troop up those stairs next to Nevada Falls haha! I don’t know if I will ever hike Half Dome. I am afraid of heights and it takes a gut check to get overcome the fear. Again congrats to you and your daughter!

  47. Jason Chen on April 11, 2020 at 4:55 pm


  48. Hemendra Rana on April 11, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    Love your videos.

  49. ronald pellet on April 11, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    That was FUN….!!

  50. Elizabeth Turner on April 11, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    This made my jaw drop several times. I don’t consider myself afraid of heights, but that looks scary! What an accomplishment! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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