Half Dome And The Merced River
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Half Dome is one of the most famous landmarks located in Yosemite National Park and may be one of the most famous American landmarks. Half Dome rises over 4700 feet from the floor of Yosemite Valley.
Once thought to be an unsummitable mountain it was summited for the first time in 1875 by George G Anderson. THis was accomplished by drilling and placing iron eye bolts into it's granite surface.
Now days thousands of hikers summit the top of this mountain peak every year. They do this by hiking 8.5 miles from the valley floor climbing hundreds of granite steps, finally makeing the way the final part by pulling themselves up the steel cables that were originally installed in 1919.
Half Dome is also where the first class 5 climb was first accomplished in the United States. This original climb took 5 days. Today many climbers free climb this route in as little as a few hours.
In the past, as many as 1,000 hikers would cimb the cable route on a daily basis. A few years ago the National Park Service started limiting the number of climbers allowed to summit Half Dome to 800 per day. Since 1919 when the cables were installed until today ther have been 6 fatal accidents on the cables. There is a lottery system in place for the permits to climb.
Half Dome plays a central role in Yosemite Valley as it is viewable from many of the many landmarks in Yosemite Valley. It can be seen from route 120 as you enter into the valley, many palces on the valley floor, from Tiogo Pass and onre of the dramatic views is from Glacier Point.
Half Dome is used as the Logo for a number of organizations including the Sierra Club and North Face Clothing Co.
May 11th, 2013
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