My wife said, “let’s hike to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite”. They only let 200 people a day climb to the top and you have to get a permit to do it.
It’s about 18 miles round trip with 4,800 feet of elevation gain from 4,000 feet to 8,842 feet and it takes between 12 to 15 hours round trip for most people. I know people who have done it before and said it was awesome. We are in pretty good shape so I felt like physically we could do it with out to much problem. My biggest concern is people do die climbing it. I actually had a friend who fell and died while climbing it about 10 years ago.
Well, this past Friday we did it with some friends. I have to admit it was harder than I thought it would be and the last hour up to the top was MUCH MORE intimidating than I expected. First you climb these stone stairs cut out of the side of the dome, with no rail…one slip and it is all over…pretty freaky. Then you have to go up what they call “the cables” to the top….check it out…it feels like you are going straight up. You have to bring gloves with you and pull yourself up about 400 feet to the top using the steel cables…without anything holding you if you slip.
As I was about half way through doing the steps I was thinking to myself…”what the @%#* are you doing…you have kids”. Then as we stared at the cables we grabbed hands, said a prayer, and went for it. It was one of the most rewarding experiences ever…overcoming the fear and standing on what felt like the top of the world. Once we got to the top they have this piece of stone that sticks out off the dome called “The Devil’s Diving Board”. It looks like it could snap off at any time. So, if it was not crazy enough to hike the steps and climb the dome using the cables, we walked out onto The Devils Diving Board and looked over the edge down to the Yosemite Valley Floor 4,800 feet below…that is Lynn and I on The Devils Diving Board in the first picture.
Well we made it to the top and back down in about 12 hours and it was one of the most exhausting, intimidating, spiritual, and epic experiences of my life. My wife said we had fulfilled 4 of our F5’s in that 12 hours. We prayed and witnessed Gods glory (Faith), we spent time with Family (each other and my sister Laura), we spent time with Friends (Kelli and Jill), and we definitely took care of Fitness…we also overcame our fears and are better for it.
Overcome your fears and GROW!!!!!