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blue Half Dome Approach

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1.3 mile 2.0 kilometer point to point
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Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,164' 355 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 12,542' 3,823 m
Low: 11,377' 3,468 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 17% (10°)
Max Slope: 26% (15°)
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Avalanche risk for Apr 30, 2019: Moderate

Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern. Natural avalanches unlikely; human-triggered avalanches possible.

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This is an easy approach to some next-level backcountry.

Jacob Winey
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

From Humbug Creek Approach, continue up the creek, staying in the belly of the drainage. After passing treeline, bank left while navigating some boulders and work your way into the left drainage that leads to a saddle to the southeast of half dome. Once you reach the saddle, continue up the ridge until you're at your line. The lines down half dome get less steep the further north you hike.

Beware of cornices! Due to its aspect, this ridge consistently holds large, dangerous cornices off the N-E side.

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Feb 2, 2019
Robert Padgett
Approach up Humbug. Beautiful day 5.7mi

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