What to Wear: Hiking Half Dome

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What To Wear Hiking Half DomeIn just about a month a group of us are taking on the challenge to hike Half Dome in Yosemite (I wasn't freaking out about it until I saw these photos. Yikes.).  I've been researching what to wear so I don't have to worry about messing with uncomfortable clothes and I can just focus on the hike.  Here are a few tips I've found during my research that I'm hoping will prepare me for this crazy feat.

Layer: Wear lightweight layers that you can take off and pack away when the weather starts warming up.  You start the hike before sunrise so it will be chilly in the morning, and hot when you are making your way up the granite rock around noon.

Sweat Wicking Fabrics:  You might get a little wet from the mist from the falls, and you will be sweating your butt off, so moisture wicking fabric will be your friend.

Footwear:  I've read that you should wear hiking boots with ankle support, and then I've also read that tennis shoes are okay.  So I split the difference and got a pair of trail running shoes with good tread.  Going up the cables you are climbing smooth granite so you will need good grip to stay stable.  

Socks: Good thick socks with extra cushion made of moisture wicking fabric are best.  And bring an extra pair incase your feet get wet.

Gloves:  Bring a pair of rubber gardening gloves to protect your hands and give you extra grip when going up the cables.

Water: The NPS suggests bringing 1 gallon of water.  The Camelbak shown holds 100oz so if you bring an extra 25oz water bottle that should be enough.

Have any of you ever climbed Half Dome?  Any tips for a first-timer?

sports bra // hoodie // shoes // leggings // socks // camelbak // tank top

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July 17, 2014
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