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    Member Since July 2019

    Connor Spalt Pro-red@3x

    Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 

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    Connor Spalt reviewed Half Dome Trail

    6 days ago

    What an amazing journey. This hike will be something I will remember for the rest of my life. When I completed this hike I said “I want to leave a confidence inspiring review.” I live at sea level on the east cost. I am 22 years old and hiked alongside my girlfriend (22) and her mother (51). We started at around 5:30am and finished right before 7pm. Around 13 hours in total. Make sure to catch an early start to avoid hiking back in the dark. Bring a headlamp. The October weather for this hike made the trek absolutely perfect. Now, the hike to the summit for myself wasn’t nearly as hard and I anticipated. Given I am 22 and ran track in high school so I have a better aerobic capacity than some. The aggressive elevation gain with thin air posed as the biggest challenge for my girlfriend’s mother, as she really put an emphasis on her breathing. As for my girlfriend the biggest challenge for her was the heights/exposure while ascending sub dome and the rails. If you are mentally prepared for this hike, that’s a huge part of the battle. We had 0 training preparation for this hike. We had intermediary breaks along the way, no longer than a couple minutes at a time, and a few 5-10 minute breathers to eat and drink. As you climb the stairs and seemingly endless switchbacks, the high altitude air may pose as the greatest obstacle. Be mindful with your breathing, taking deep breaths, and pushing out air with your lips on the exhale. Make sure you bring at least a gallon of water per person, and plenty of snacks and some sandwiches even. The rails to the summit aren’t that bad! (If you’re not afraid of heights). I’m a climber so heights don’t bother me as much as maybe others, so take that with a grain of salt. If you wear gloves with good grip which is a vital necessity and even use a harness with a sling/carabiner combo for peace of mind. It was mostly upper body on the way up, and on the way down the grip from my hiking boots along with my gloves made the descent rather easy. Be prepared to encounter traffic on the rails. On the way down it took over an hour because someone was frozen in fear. You will most likely make some friends and have fun conversations in the mean time. The trip back down for the first half isn’t that bad, although once you pass little Yosemite Valley, and start the steeper descent the hike begins to take a real toll on your legs. The “Lifestraw Flex” filtering system is cheap and was a super handy thing to have when I ran out of water on the descent, passing the Merced by Little Yosemite Valley. All in all if you’re a novice hiker in relativity to a journey of this magnitude, be prepared for the hardest hike of your life, and you may be potentially pleasantly surprised with the difficulty. It’s LONG, but the amazing views and scenery will help keep you pre occupied for the duration of this trip. The sense of accomplishment is worth every second of this hike! Enjoy and be safe!

    Connor Spalt completed Half Dome Trail

    7 days ago

    Connor Spalt added Half Dome Trail

    7 days ago

    Connor Spalt completed Tenaya Lake Trail

    9 days ago

    Connor Spalt saved Blue Canyon Lake

    29 days ago

    Connor Spalt saved Tenaya Lake Trail

    29 days ago

    Connor Spalt saved Panorama Trail

    29 days ago

    Connor Spalt saved Yosemite Point

    29 days ago

    Connor Spalt saved Mono Hot Springs

    29 days ago

    Connor Spalt saved Tenaya Lake Trail

    29 days ago

    Connor Spalt added yosemite hikes

    29 days ago

    Connor Spalt saved Half Dome Trail

    29 days ago

    Connor Spalt added Yosemite

    about 1 month ago