Jesse will cover:

  • Why Half-Dome is one of the most iconic hikes in the world
  • From trails to cables: a full breakdown of the hike
  • How to mentally and physically prepare for the trip
  • Dealing with the altitude change and intense exposure
  • How to handle the weather and what to do if it turns
  • The permit lottery system and how to score yours

Half Dome is one of the most famous summits in the world.

Described by John Muir as “the most sublime feature of all”, the mountain rises 4,800 ft above Yosemite Valley, offering stunning panoramas that have inspired countless artists, writers, and photographers. The hike to the top is not for the faint of heart, though.

While the first ascent in 1875 involved drilling holes and using a rope ladder, a reliable cable system made the climb much more accessible today. However, it still requires preparation and plenty of respect for the mountain — the immense elevation gain, heavy exposure, and fickle weather could make your trek go south in a heartbeat.

Want to know what it takes to safely reach the roof of Yosemite? Tune in to our FREE WEBINAR.

Expert guide Jesse Dunlap will teach you everything you need to know before your Half Dome hike. From choosing the season and getting your permit to handling the heat and the elements, his tips will skyrocket your chances for a successful, and enjoyable, summit.

Webinar host

Jesse Dunlap
Hiking, sea kayaking, & backpacking guide, owner of Lamplighters Adventuring Society

After working as a hiking guide in Upstate New York, a sea kayaking guide in Prince William Sound, and a fly-in backpacking guide in the Alaskan backcountry, Jesse started Lamplighters Adventuring Society to help other wanderers experience life-changing & deeply personal journeys in the wilderness. He also led teenage boys through a therapeutic wilderness program and can boast thru-hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail.