Rock climbing on Half Dome: Southwest Face Rock wall

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There are a few wonderful routes here although they can be a little run out. The Snake Dike is actually relatively safe if you are happy with run out climbing up a 5.4 dike. The 5.7 moves are nerve racking slab moves, but are reasonably well protected. If you do the snake dike under the full moon it is definitely suggest that you do the approach and the 5.7 pitches before the sun sets. Make sure you do not miss the 5.7 traverse otherwise you will have a lot harder climbing!

The approach can be tricky. The quickest approach is by going in between Liberty Cap and Mt Broderick. Scramble over the talis slopes angling keeping towards the bottom of Liberty Cap (on the right). After negotiating the Talis slope you should find a trail at the base of Liberty Cap that will lead you to the canyon between Liberty and Mount Broderick. Enjoy the beautiful canyon here. Follow the trial past the lake and up toward the base. The path is relatively defined, but when in doubt aim to walk high and closer to the base of Half Dome.


Half Dome: Southwest Face climbs, routes & problems


5.10b Labour of Love Labour of Love Not yet rated
5.10b Salathe Route Salathe Route Not yet rated
5.10b Eye in the Sky Eye in the Sky Not yet rated
5.11b On the Edge On the Edge Not yet rated
5.11d Dreamscape Dreamscape Not yet rated
5.11d Fast Lane Fast Lane Not yet rated

5.11d Autobahn Autobahn Not yet rated
5.9 Dome Polishers Dome Polishers Not yet rated
5.9 The Deuceldike The Deuceldike Not yet rated
V0 Snake Dance Snake Dance Not yet rated

  1. Matt Bentley
    Matt Bentley
    Half Dome: Southwest Face

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    • 5.7 Snake Dike


  2. Justin Johnsen
    Justin Johnsen
    Half Dome: Southwest Face

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    • 5.7 Snake Dike


  3. Chris Biow
    Chris Biow
    Half Dome: Southwest Face

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    • 5.7 Snake Dike


  4. Benny Kong
    Benny Kong
    Half Dome: Southwest Face

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    • 5.7 Snake Dike