North American Classic Climbs

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Half Dome

Northwest Face, Regular Route One of the top 25 routes in this collection!

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The most popular big wall route on one of Yosemite's most famous features - the vertical face that makes this Dome a "half" rather than a whole. A great route by the legendary Royal Robbins that opened a new chapter in American rock climbing. Suffers from crowding and trashing now. A common target for speed ascents, but the average team will still spend a night or two on the wall.


Lowland Rock (big wall)




Yosemite Nat'l Park, California, USA



G5, G28, I1, I2, I3, W9, W32


VI, 5.9, A2 (and up)


Route Descriptions & Maps:

Pitches 1-15Pitches 16-25USGS topographic map

First Ascent:

R. Robbins, J. Gallwas, M. Sherrick, June 24-28, 1957


Trip Reports:

Drixelius 7/95
Patterson 5/00
Wright 6/01