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South West Face

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About South West Face:

Two great climbs go up the SW face of Half Dome. The SW face, first done by John Salathe and Anton Nelson, is now a 5.10 free climb. The other is a Bridwell Masterpiece, the Snake Dike. At 5.7, Snake Dike is the easiest way to get to the top without dealing with the cables and the crowds.
Approach: Take the John Muir trail for about 4 miles or so (or shorter but steeper variation on the beautiful waterfall lined Mist Trail) the take the obvious climbers trail for another 2 miles up steep terrain to the base of route, pay close attention to the carrins. Approach gains about 3500 ft. very strenuous!
Approach Time: 3-4hrs
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Rock Type: Granite
Type of Climbing: Trad
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SequenceSequence numbers indicate the left (L) to right (R) order of the routes. Rating Route Difficulty Ascents
1 Average Rating = 4.69/5 Snake Dike (31) 5.7 124
2 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Blondike 5.11b 0

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Forum Discussions (3 posts)

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
With Replies Bolted approach route to Snake Dike? cencalclimber 4 Apr 21 2010, 12:12 AM
With Replies lost cam on Snake Dike steple 9 Jun 29 2009, 2:57 PM
With Replies Snake Dike Protection boulderflasher 12 Oct 02 2008, 3:27 AM