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May 31, 2011
Making Sauce...
Any one is Yosemite lately that can tell me conditions on Half Dome? Snow at the base? Snow on top? I haven't ever climbed it, so I am not sure what condition information is relevant... Any current information would be appreciated!

Thanks in advance.
LML
Joined Jun 24, 2005
138 points
May 31, 2011
There is still a glacier at the base of half dome and mroe snow on the way i hear. SAL
From broomdigiddy
Joined Mar 23, 2007
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Jun 1, 2011
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As of Saturday, there was quite a bit of snow in the middle of the summit (safe if you are not an idiot) and a snow slope to walk down after the cables (also seemed fairly safe).

Someone warned us about possible avalanches, so we took another rope to rappel down if needed, but it was fine.

We did Snake Dike, which was bone dry, but there was some snow at the top of the Regular route. The Death Slabs might be trouble as well.

All in all it was the best time ever to climb Snake Dike, only a few parties on the climb, and we were the only ones on top of the summit.

Be prepared to hand over hand the downed cables (I could see gloves being preferred by some for this), and check for any more current snow. I know it rained Sunday in the Valley.
Rob Gordon
From Hollywood, CA
Joined Feb 2, 2009
138 points
Jun 1, 2011
Making Sauce...
SAL, Rob, thanks for the info, I appreciate it. We were thinking about climbing the Regular Northwest Face. Doesn't sound like it's do able yet?

What's the snow like on El Cap?
LML
Joined Jun 24, 2005
138 points
Jun 1, 2011
el cap is good to go. i was just there this past weekend.
check out elcapreport.com
mongoose
Joined May 23, 2010
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Jun 1, 2011
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That's the amount of snow I was talking about on t...
That's the amount of snow I was talking about on the regular route (I think that's the top out at least). It was dripping down a bit, but it looked doable for someone adventurous.


The only shot of the Capitan area I got. Looked pr...
The only shot of the Capitan area I got. Looked pretty dry except one pitch on Aurora (which Neil is staring at) and a little further right.
Rob Gordon
From Hollywood, CA
Joined Feb 2, 2009
138 points
Jun 1, 2011
There was another thread recently asking about conditions. From that thread, the conclusion seemed to be that in early season a big snowfield with bad fall potential bars access to the base, unless you wanted to bring an ice axe and crampons. Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
Joined Nov 9, 2007
137 points
Jun 1, 2011
It's supposed to rain/snow in the valley today....and for the next few days too I've heard but people are definitely up doing Snake Dike. Saw helicopters yesterday morning and was told they were pulling someone off who broke their leg Keatan
From Missoula, MT
Joined Apr 6, 2011
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Jun 13, 2011
Just below Thunderbolt Peak
Just did half dome, it's almost completely dry. Pitch 7 had a little moisture.

The snowfield at the base wasn't too bad for us, but the follower had to simul up it for the leader to get to the top of the first pitch with a 60m rope.

Also the slabs were annoying as usual.
Colin Simon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jan 30, 2009
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