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21 viewsFinally we reached the base of the cables.
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23 viewsWe were literally IN the clouds up there and the weather drastically changed every few minutes.
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20 viewsThis is the view South. The main Yosemite valley is to the North.
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21 viewsAnother view of the cables. This isn't a camera trick. This really is a nearly vertical climb.
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28 viewsThe pile of gloves, left by previous climbers. The metal cables would tear up your hands without these! We brought our own, but it was so cold they hardly helped.
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26 viewsThese two brave souls started up head of us... WITHOUT climbing gear. We caught up to them, and all decided that it would be suicidal to continue. On the way back down, Andy slipped, both his feet went out from under him, and he held on to the cables with just his arms. One of the scarier moments in my life.
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23 viewsSo, we figured we give a go at it as well. And now, we don't have climbing gear either.
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37 viewsJust before the climb became vertical, we realized that continuing would be a death wish, as the granite rock face was extremely slippery due to the relentless precipitation. We made it to the eighth board before turning around and SLIDING back down, holding onto the cables for dear life.
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24 viewsOnce we got back down form the cables, a thick cloud rolled in and they nearly disappeared.
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22 viewsThe only climber (with climbing gear) we saw make it to the top described the climbing surface as "like glass."
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21 viewsWe thought maybe we'd stick around to see if the weather cleared up to try the cables again, but it was hopeless.
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21 viewsThis area had much more fire damage.
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22 viewsAs we hiked the counter-clockwise hike around the back (South) side of the dome, we looked back at the saddle where the chains start.
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22 viewsThis is a close up of the saddle.
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20 viewsAnother angle of the trail leading up to the saddle. The slope to the right is extremely steep, and the trail isn't marked very well. You just have to go up. Much like the summit of Mt Charleston or Mt Whitney, it seems like the last section is the most demoralizing.
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24 viewsThis is along the Merced River before the Nevada falls. The backpacker campground is located just up the stream from us.
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18 viewsOh gee! More precipitation! It was about now that we heard thunder, and were especially glad that we hadn't stayed on the top to see if the weather cleared.
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23 viewsWhat the hail is all this sleet?!?
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22 viewsFrom snow to sun to sleet in mere minutes. We made more clothing changes on the way down than Victoria Beckam at a fashion show.
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