“Do we still have to go?” Becci groaned from the tent.
“Yeah, we better get moving if we want to make it in time. Don’t worry it’ll be worth it.” It was 4:30am and I was already outside, looking up at the stars as the moon sank behind the mountains.
From our campsite, I could see a couple of headlamps slowly climbing near the top of Half Dome… someone was awake a lot earlier than us.
The girls crawled out of the tent and after packing a bag with some water and a few snacks we were soon ready to hit the trail. It was still pitch black. But we knew we had to get going if we wanted to see the sunrise from the top.
Just as we got to the top, the sun crested over the peaks of the Eastern Sierras… perfect timing.
John Muir once wrote ”If I were so time-poor as to have only one day to spend in Yosemite I should start at daybreak”. We had three days but his advice still rings true, nothing much beats a sunrise from the top.
After savouring the views, we made the descent back to our campsite for breakfast.
We packed up the tents and shouldered our heavy packs, we were ready for part two. Another climb to the top of Cloud’s Rest, where we could look back over the Yosemite valley and the Half Dome hike that we had done on the morning, and another perfect spot to camp.
Here’s a few more pics from the trip.
Day one. Hiking in under Cathedral Peak.
Last minute change of campsite.
View from the campsite. Well worth the effort.
Sunset over Half Dome
The compulsory cold beer back at the van.