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The Path to Half Dome;  steep and difficult. The last 400 vertical feet (130 meters) up the eastern slope are so sheer that Yosemite staff have installed cables for hikers to cling to as they pull themselves up.

The Path to Half Dome; steep and difficult. The last 400 vertical feet (130 meters) up the eastern slope are so sheer that Yosemite staff have installed cables for hikers to cling to as they pull themselves up.

ROCK CLIMBING, Yosemite, El Capitan. Jay Jensen & Doug Robinson (MR) in rainy bivouac halfway up Nose route during February, 1978.

ROCK CLIMBING, Yosemite, El Capitan. Jay Jensen & Doug Robinson (MR) in rainy bivouac halfway up Nose route during February, 1978.

Two climbers in California’s Yosemite national park make history as they reach the summit of what has been called the world’s hardest rock climb. Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell, seen climbing here, scaled the half-mile section of exposed granite known as the Dawn Wall on El Capitan peak. Corey Rich/Aurora Photos

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Two climbers in California’s Yosemite national park make history as they reach the summit of what has been called the world’s hardest rock climb. Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell, seen climbing here, scaled the half-mile section of exposed granite known as the Dawn Wall on El Capitan peak. Corey Rich/Aurora Photos

"Test for brawn and breath, Half Dome’s 45-degree back-side trail evokes the vim of youth and the caution of increasing years." — Originally published in “The Other Yosemite” in National Geographic magazine, June 1974

"Test for brawn and breath, Half Dome’s 45-degree back-side trail evokes the vim of youth and the caution of increasing years." — Originally published in “The Other Yosemite” in National Geographic magazine, June 1974

If this is a little too scary for you, don't worry, as Yosemite can still be enjoyed at a less high-octane level. Our Director Sophie has travelled the length and breadth of California finding the best experiences for our clients.

If this is a little too scary for you, don't worry, as Yosemite can still be enjoyed at a less high-octane level. Our Director Sophie has travelled the length and breadth of California finding the best experiences for our clients.

Yosemite National Park is set within California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoias, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.  www.HotelDealChecker.com

Yosemite National Park is set within California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoias, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. www.HotelDealChecker.com

Bucket list ideas. To do before I die. #adrenaline #wishlist #liveyourlife

Bucket list ideas. To do before I die. #adrenaline #wishlist #liveyourlife

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