Yearly raptor closures typically begin March 1 and remain in effect until August 1, or until further notice.
East of Glacier Point Apron. Closure includes all routes above 200 feet from the base of the cliff east of Glacier Point Apron including "A Mother's Lament" to the Illilouette Gorge. Half Dome, South Face - Overlooking Little Yosemite Valley. Closure includes all routes from "Autobahn" east to and including "South Face Route."
The route follows the obvious dihedral, and finishes in a decent chimney at the top. I rated this as "5.4" in agreement with the Super Topo grade on the Right Side route, as both are about the same difficulty. The Left Side is only a tad more difficult, and is less frequently climbed.