Half Dome

Elevation (feet): 8,842
Elevation (meters): 2,695
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sierra Nevada
State: California
Latitude: 37.7461
Longitude: -119.532
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug
Year first climbed: 1875
First successful climber(s): George Anderson
Nearest major airport: Oakland, California, Reno, Nevada
Convenient Center: Yosemite National Park, California

Half Dome is an enormous granite crescent-shaped mass, famous for its smooth glacially-carved 2,000-foot northwest face. Today the spikes of the original route have been replaced by wooden steps and steel cables, making the ascent possible for the non-technical climber. Despite this, however, there is still plenty of serious technical climbing to be done on this massive wall.