• John Allen


So the grand summer plan was to climb the regular NW face route on this mountain, Half Dome, in the US, with Paul, Dave and Geoff.

It all started well, but we made one key error. We believed the guide book when it said, 'Don't haul on this route'

This might be good advice for hard core aficionados, going fast and light, but for us, the extra weight being back hauled was too much. We got to pitch eight, out of 23, and called it a day.

Rapping off was made more exciting by the quality of anchor (not high). A bit surprising, considering it's a very sought after summer route.

Maybe next time.

Got back to the valley in the dark, a bit grumpy, and nearly