Here we are on the ascent up the Steps, or Switchbacks. It's the last bit of climb before Half Dome. Yes, there were rangers checking permits, and said they're there every day, all day to limit the route to 400 climbers a day. I can see why. Pictures don't to show how steep, how exposed and how long the Cables section is. It's an upper body workout to pull yourself up. Yikes!
More to come. Great hike with super nice guys. Great day... :-)
Does this help? It's well, a half dome, so you're climbing up a sphere. Pretty much, if you lose grip, or slip or fall, it's lights out. We arrived around 10:30-11am, and started at the trailhead at about 5:30-6am.
That's us climbing by Misty Falls. It's a good name for this one. We were soaked.
Huge run off, making all the falls and river roaring big.