Yosemite: Snake Dike
Snake Dike route (red section was roped, blue was unroped)
We woke up just after 3am. Trying to stay quiet, we put on our packs and made our way out of the sleepy campground. After a mile on flat ground we started the 2000 foot ascent to Nevada Falls. The darkness revealed no other headlamps which meant that we were the first climbers on the trail. With snow forecast in the late afternoon, we wanted to avoid waiting in line at the base of the route. In the darkness, my maps.me app forced us to turn off the John Muir trail a bit too early (on the way back we spotted a cairn about half a mile up the trail) and we made a roundabout way across the lower slabs of Liberty Cap, finally descending to Lost Lake via a steep gully. A few minutes later, the nearly vertical SE face of Half Dome appeared towering above our heads.
Quick break while ascending the base slabs
Making our way up the...
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