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Half Dome Patch

Half Dome Patch

Rising nearly 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 above sea level, Half Dome is an awe-inspiring granite formation. Despite being described in 1865 as "perfectly inaccessible", today thousands of hikers reach the top each year by following an 8.5 mi (13.7 km) trail from the valley floor. After a rigorous 2 mi (3.2 km) approach, including several hundred feet of granite stairs, the final pitch up the peak's steep but somewhat rounded east face is ascended with the aid of a pair of post-mounted braided steel cables originally constructed in 1919.

Alternatively, over a dozen rock climbing routes lead from the valley up Half Dome's vertical northwest face. The first technical ascent was in 1957 via a route pioneered by Royal Robbins, Mike Sherrick, and Jerry Gallwas, today known as the Regular Northwest Face. Their five-day epic was the first Grade VI climb in the United States. Their route has now been free soloed several times in a few hours' time. Other technical routes ascend the south face and the west shoulder.


  • 3.375 x 4 inches (8.5725 x 10.16 cm)
  • 100% embroidered with 8 brilliant colors
  • Altitude in feet and meters
  • Smooth, merrowed border to prevent loose threads
  • Iron-on backing for application to your favorite backpack / clothing

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