Type: Trad, 800 ft (242 m), 7 pitches, Grade IV
FA: John Salathé & Anton Nelson, 1946
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Shared By: Doug Hemken on Jun 19, 2008
Admins: Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen

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The first modern climbing route on Half Dome, and the first grade V in Yosemite.

Freed in about 1964 by Sacherer, Kamps, and Lichtman, this climb was popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but fell out of favor with the rise of clean climbing. With recent advances in clean gear, the protection is again reasonable (G to PG) with the exception of the belay stations.

The topo and photo in Reid are excellent.


About 400 feet to the left of "Snake Dike", and just left of "Blondike."


Standard rack to 4", plus extra micro nuts and micro cams.