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  1. Peter Hirst
    Peter Hirst August 13, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Very good point. But I would include the Golden Staircase and the Whitney Windows section, both of which actually have been the sites of serous falls.

    1. Peter Montalbano
      Peter Montalbano August 14, 2018 at 6:48 am

      Agree with PH on the Whitney windows especially. Looked to me that there wasn’t much maintenance done on that section. Boulders had to be climbed over, lots of loose talus, & some very shifty drop-offs on the west side of the trail. On Half Dome, I remember when the surface was not slippery from the tread of millions of rubber soles, all the ties were fastened down tight, the cable poles weren’t loose in their sockets, back when there were no traffic jams going up and down. I probably won’t do that one again, although it is one of the great experiences of life to be up there. First went up with some great friends right after graduation from Cal in 1965, just before flying off to Hawaii to train for Peace Corps Thailand. What a heady time that was.

  2. Kathy
    Kathy August 14, 2018 at 7:47 am

    +1 on what Peter said (both of them) on Whitney Windows. I’ve seen it after a rain, when it was really, really sketchy. Much depends on what time of year you go up, and what the previous weather was. On Half Dome, the one and only time I did that, (no thank you!) I used a harness and clipped in. I wasn’t worried so much about myself, but had talked to a friend, who by sheer luck, did not die when another hiker had slipped and fell into her. There are so many people (of varying degrees of preparedness and common sense) that I just felt better having a tether.

  3. steven shaplin
    steven shaplin August 20, 2018 at 4:14 am

    Agree with everything said! The first time I went over forester pass it really shook me. I’d taken a break at the top and when I saw what I was up against I thought about turning around and go north bound to find a different pass to exit the sierras. But I did it! After I got past the first switch back I was ok. I will be there again in about 3 weeks. Start JMT August 27th, this will 3rd time.

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