The roundtrip hike up to the summit of Half Dome began at 6:15AM.
The summit was reached at 11:30AM.
The hiking group returned to the origin point approximately 6:30PM.
The length of the hike was approximately 20+ miles.
The fitbit recorded that we climbed the equivalent of 563 flights of stairs.
It was cold.
It was hot.
There was sunshine.
There was rain.
There (apparently) was (a thin layer of) ice on the final ascent which we managed to avoid.
There were a number of wardrobe changes.
There was anxiety about a bad weather report promising 100% chance of rain.
There was great joy as the rain held off almost completely until we reached the summit.
There was a carefree attitude walking in rain after making summit.
There was exuberance when the sun came out and blue skies appeared for a while.
This was an epic day.
Today is a day to post pictures....lots of pictures.... I will have lots to say about this hike in the coming days.... Right now it is sleepy time!
It has been months and months since I have stuffed this many calories into my system. On the other hand, it has likely been never since I have burned so many calories in a single day. The body does need fuel.
lunch almonds, mango slices, four oranges, date pieces,
raw pumpkin seeds, Kale Crunch 2656 calories
(This was not really lunch - it was more of a non-stop eating (fueling) situation.
dinner FISH TACOS (MEXICAN RESTAURANT) 629 calories
SNACK Le Noir Chocolate Bar, Firecracker Dark Chocolate,
three CLIFF BARS 1260 calories
total calories consumed 4961 calories
(This is what the fitbit suggested... who am I to argue?)