By gc on Jun 28, 2008
I am so happy that my whole family could complete the 18 mile famous Half Dome trail last Thursday. When I planed this trip, I only expect my 10 year old Tiger to finish it. But I am really surprised, of course I am very very happy 8 year old Eric could do it too. Actually Eric is the first one get to the peak. I don't know whether he set a record. At least on the mountain, we heard only one kid is young than his brother. What an awesome boy! I am so proud of him.
I always believed Tiger could do it since he is so strong. He could bit me very soon, less than one year if he could keep up the hard work. But he lost a bit of confidence when he heard someone talking about the danger of the last part of the trail. "If you slip, you are gone". He was kid of scared, and kept asking me what could happen next. He is that kind of kids thinking too much. I had to keep telling him that nobody ever fell and died on this trail (Just find out that actually there is only one hiker fell from the cables and died in 2007. The first time this has ever happened). I am glad he did just fine. Especially when climbing up the quarter dome, he took his brother and ahead of me and my wife 5 minutes.
This part is so strenuous and somehow I felt the altitude. My heart bit accelerated a lot. I got to stop rest every 2 minutes. Personally, I think this part is more difficult than the infamous cable route. Maybe I carried too many water bottles, just want to stress myself a bit more, otherwise it would be too easy for me. You can't believe it. I didn't count the number in the morning, but I still had 15 water bottles (Eight 700ml and seven 355ml) left in my backpack. I don't think I will do the same next time. Will I do that again? Eric told me he wouldn't climb Half Dome again until he becomes a teen.
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