This was an experience above the ordinary - made even memorable by two great guides Lucy and Ryan and some excellent organisation by Just Roughin It.
Having made the trip from Europe to do this hike, I had high expectations - I wasn't let down. The scenery is literally breathtaking and more than enough to take your mind off the tough terrain and demanding conditions. The highlight is of course the Half Dome itself - a tough and slightly nerve jangling climb but our guides wisely ensured we were readyto tackle the cables by 1030 in the morning, missing the crowds (it was July) and enjoying a less stressy ascent.
The trek back down to the valley following the Mist Trail was also amazing - around every corner was a fantastic view and the cool mists and rainbows from the falls set the seal on a memorable hike.
I would not hesitate to use JRI again or recommend their services - their expertise and skills are essential for a succesfull Half Dome ascent and from start to finish, my enquiries and indeed the whole process have been dealt with professionally and courteously.
Enjoy the hike.....'cos I know you're gonna do it!
By Neil Clark on 2013-07-21