Views from Half Dome Summit in Winter: Yosemite Panorama Photos 2015.2.7

A February Ascent of Yosemite’s Most Famous Dome 
By John P. DeGrazio 
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Descending the Half Dome Cables on a February Afternoon by John P. DeGrazio

On Thursday I had an opportunity to do something I’ve never done before in Yosemite, summit Half Dome in February. After carefully selecting a group of friends, we set off on our journey from the trailhead parking lot. We were so confident we’d be back in about 8 hours, but something happened along the way. We were having too much fun. We spent an extended period of time on the summit celebrating several milestones including a birthday, a first winter ascent for 3 team members, and my first February climb up the cables. This is significant for me because I have now been atop Half Dome in every calendar month. When I took this photo of Pat descending the cables, I didn’t realize how much I liked the image. This was the day before the great storm of 2015 so the clouds were dancing all around us.

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Gazing at the Yosemite High Country from Motivation Point by John P. DeGrazio

Here are some other panoramas from the day including one from a place I call Motivation Point and two other from the summit. This day confirmed many of my feelings about friendship & teamwork and also helped us all realize how fortunate we are to live in such an extraordinary place. To have the ability to wake up and take a short drive to hike Half Dome is is one of the great benefits of living in the Sierra Nevada.

Contact us soon if you want to join us for a Half Dome hike and take your own dramatic photographs. The permit lottery begins in March.

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Clouds Rest and the Sierra Nevada from the Summit of Half Dome by John P. DeGrazio
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El Capitan and Yosemite Valley from the Summit of Half Dome by John P. DeGrazio

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