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Watch Climbers on Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome

Since the rock fall a few years ago, most climbers rely on a pendulum to cross the now-blank section of stone

Watch Chris Idiart and Grey Cantor make an ascent of the classic Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome VI 5.9 C2 over a few days. “We climbed the old fashioned way, slow and heavy, but with the new age twist; leave no trace and had a great time,” said Idiart.

The 23-pitch route was first climbed by Royal Robbins, Mike Sherrick and Jerry Gallwas in June 1957. It’s since been free-soloed by Alex Honnold, had parts of pitches fall off and become one of the must-do Yosemite big wall routes.

The climbing is mostly moderate with short cruxes and some route finding. There are a number of difficult sections with the cruxes being the Thank God Ledge, pendulums and burly offwidth near the top. Half Dome is a classic peak with a number of historic routes.

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