Thousands are drawn to the top of Half Dome every year. They don’t all descend the same way.
In 2000, Jim Zellers became the first snowboarder to shred down the Dome, completing what he called “The Half Brain Project.” He later told Snowboarder magazine that it probably would have been safer just to BASE jump off the summit.
2. Climb the Cables
Hordes of Yosemite visitors scale the rounded east face’s final 400 feet using a steep cable ladder affixed by park rangers. Coming back down the slick granite is even trickier for exhausted hikers, causing frequent falls and a dozen deaths over the last 15 years. No flip-flops, people!
Despite strict prohibitions, BASE jumpers regularly fling themselves off the Dome and other Yosemite landmarks. Experienced locals Dean Potter and Graham Hunt perished in 2015 when they jumped from Taft Point wearing wingsuits, failed to navigate across a ridgeline and crashed.
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