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Full Hike: Half Dome in Yosemite, California, Part 1

Hike Description:
Two gushing waterfalls, a series of perilous cables, and (about) half of a massive granite dome: welcome to the most iconic hike in Yosemite Valley.

Tourists, campers, hikers, climbers, nature lovers, the young and old, the first-timers, the experienced, at some point they all converge. Where? In California's Yosemite National Park that question is superfluous, for there are plenty of winding paths, Ansel Adams-pictured scenes, water features, historic sites, and high summits to choose from. But mention Half Dome and a thought may arise in the most uninitiated of minds because, well, everyone comes here. Some come to enjoy the camping in Little Yosemite Valley; a great number to marvel at Vernal and Nevada Falls; others to hike the 7- to 8-mile (one way) trip and grab as securely as they can onto those perilous cables. A fear-immune brave souls climb straight up to the top.

Whatever can be done to intertwine with this majestic granite formation, one must commit to it. Hike this at least once, because while up there the High Sierra can expand the sight in all directions—it is well worth the effort, even if the hike is as long and difficult as everyone has warned. Yes, the cables get notoriously steep immediately after the initial steps. And, yes, going back down will be a stress-inducing experience as well. But the most difficult part of all? Getting a permit to climb (those cables) onto Half Dome in the first place.

Self Commentary:
For various reasons it took me a few times to get this video, but the cables were fun every time. Be careful and take time as needed while climbing but do let faster hikers pass, whether going up or down. The waterfalls on this hike are destinations of their own; there will be a lot of people on the Mist Trail up to the top of Nevada Fall, but after that the crowds generally thin out. Going up, the last toilets on the trails are at the top of Nevada Fall; however, farther ahead more can be found via the off-trail campground detour in Little Yosemite Valley. There are many spots to explore on this hike and along the Merced River that I am not showing in the video. The river/waterfalls typically achieve peak flow during spring and early summer (depending on the previous winter season), and become less voluminous later in the year—you may spot the difference with Vernal Fall between my photos, which were taken in June, and video recorded in October.

This hike was on my list for a long time and I was ecstatic to finally complete it. The first time setting foot on Half Dome I definitely felt the effects of the High Sierra: lighter, accomplished, and more reflective of myself and my happenings. It might be something else for you; during one of the times I was up there I overheard someone proclaimed she felt lucky. That is a great word.

There will be many people climbing the cables, but it is possible to beat the crowds by breaking the hike into a 2-day backpacking trip and camping overnight at the Little Yosemite Valley Campground (wilderness permit required). This method will not necessarily make things easier since heavy camping gear is carried the whole time (unless, of course, you are an ultralighter).

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Half Dome Hike by The Outbound Mind

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Hiking in Banff National Park | Deep in the Backcountry

Eric Hanson is hiking in Banff National Park, heading deep into the backcountry with Alison Cardinal from Yamnuska Mountain Adventures to Baker Lake—and to see the stunning Northern Lights in all their glory.

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Evan’s Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike: Full Documentary

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On April 21, 2018, I set out on a thru-hike of the 2,189 mile Appalachian Trail. This video is a full-length documentary of my thru-hike from start to finish. It's drawn from my 41 other videos about my thru-hike. My reflections on my thru-hike can be found not here on YouTube, but on Instagram at my account @Backpacker_Comics. Follow me there!

Making appearances in this video: Liz Kidder, Luke Gaudreau, Lydia Schaeffer, Janet Hensley (Ms. Janet), Odie Norman, and many thru-hikers from the Class of 2018, including Yelp, P-1, Peach, Smoky, Denny, Griz, EZ, Shield Maiden, Trailblazer, Big Tuna, Miss Roberts, Poppins, Peanut, Ginger Balls, Mountain Goat, Buckles, ToolTime, Happy Feet, Bob Gnarley, Stumbles, Outlaw the ridgerunner.

Thanks also to the many hikers who agreed to appear in my other AT videos but who couldn't be included in this video because of space, including Joyful Rambler, GrizzleGear, and Hiking the Appalachian Trail with Wheezie & Duck.

Some YouTube channels make appearances too: Hike & Tell, IBTAT, Hike Hunter, Loner2012AT, and (in the Harpers Ferry Section), Scoutmaster, Jake Hikes, Amanda Bess, Sleeves, BateBolt Productions (Pit Boss and Play by Play), Bruce Matson, and Fight for Together (the Crawfords).

If you want to support the Appalachian Trail, you can become a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. (I did!) You can also support the trail by contributing to 2018 thru-hiker's Bruce Matson's RTK Challenge, in which donations are matched by Bruce up to $100,000. (I did this too!) Details here:

The trail lore I talk about in these videos is derived from my reading about the AT. A full bibliography is given in the description to the first video in this series (AT #1).

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Ben Lomond Track: Alpine Tramping (Hiking) Series | New Zealand

The Ben Lomond Track, a 6-8 hour return trip, is a challenging day walk that takes you from downtown Queenstown to the summit of Ben Lomond. The track’s accessibility makes it a popular activity for people visiting the area. However, it’s a tough 1400m climb that ventures into an alpine environment. To safely complete this track there are a few things to know before you go. In this video we take you all the way up Ben Lomond and show you how to prepare a great day out and make it home safely.

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Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail - Thru Hike with Outdoor Adventures - Day 1

Thru hike of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail with Outdoor Adventures. This is day 1 of the 4 day - 70 mile thru hike. On this trip are Meerkat, Frozen and Gary. We hiked it southbound.

Stay tuned for the other 3 Days.

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Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail in 100 Days

In 2017, Sarah Williams undertook a solo, unsupported 100 day thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. The trail is the longest hiking only footpath in the world. Starting in Springer Mountain, Georgia the trail weaves through 14 states in America for 2,190 miles before coming to an end at Mount Katahdin in Maine.
A film by Sarah Williams.

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Hiking Trolltunga & Wildcamping in the Snow

While in Norway, Harvey and I decided to do an overnight hike and wildcamp to the famous viewpoint, Trolltunga. We were met with unexpectedly wintry conditions in May and I had my first experience of camping in snow.

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Hiking Through Australia's Blue & Snowy Mountains in New South Wales

The sixth largest country in the world, Australia is an incredibly diverse and beautiful land, famous for its natural wonders, wide open spaces, beaches, deserts, and the outback.

On its South Eastern edge, you’ll find New South Wales—Australia’s most populous state, and home to the vibrant, ocean-side city of Sydney. It also happens to be an outdoor adventure traveller's paradise, with a surprising number of breathtaking National Parks, lush rain forest and dramatic mountain ranges, including Australia’s highest peak and the spectacular canyons of the Blue Mountains.

In this episode of Trackin' Dirt, we tackle climbing Mount Kosciuszko in a blizzard and hike and rappel from some epic canyons in the Blue Mountains—I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed being there!

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How to Hike with Your Dog

If you have a dog who needs regular exercise, hiking is a great way to both experience the wonders of nature and let your pooch stretch his or her legs. Orvis’s Kyle Metarko and his German Shorthaired Pointer, Cooper, love to trek through the woods of Vermont, and Kyle offers his expertise on such topics as what pack to use, what gear to put inside, and how to check your dog before and after each adventure.
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Hiking Through Fiji | Discovering Paradise

Known for its white sand beaches, clear blue waters and relaxed vibes, Fiji is a literal tropical paradise—which Eric Hanson is discovering first-hand while hiking through Fiji's remote interior with Talanoa Treks.

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Training for Hiking - 1 Exercise to Build Strength & Balance

If you are training for hiking you’re going to love this exercise that combines strength endurance and balance - This is the step up and drive and and it’s one of my favourite exercises! Add this to your hiking workout for better balance, strength and endurance.

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Other Exercises in my Movement Demo playlist

Lateral Lunge
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If you're planning on doing a trek, going skiing, doing some hiking or mountaineering , I recommend you do some training beforehand! It's often a lot more challenging than people expect. And after all, its a holiday! So the fitter you are the more you'll enjoy it!

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Hi guys my name is Chase Tucker and I'm a online personal trainer, trek leader and creator of Base Camp Training and my YouTube Channel Trekking FAQs.

I created this channel to share what I've learnt over a short lifetime of loving the wilderness and what it has to offer. I'm passionate about preparing people, fitness wise, to have a great time in the mountains and to show them that it's worth preserving for the future.

In this video I demonstrate my favourite exercise for building stability and balance it's called a Hip Airplane!

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Discover Breathing Tips | Hiking

This video teaches you how to breathe better whilst out on a hike

See the rest of the program available on our website and YouTube channel

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This video is in the chapter on setting off on a hike. Follow on to the next video to learn about walking uphill with a proper technique

The Hiking Program was made in partnership with Decathlon, Sikana's partner for the Sports program, as well as Xavier Gadat, an expert mountain guide who provided his expertise on the subject.

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How to Train for Hiking || REI

If you're just getting into hiking or you aspire to do longer hikes to loftier places, then doing some preseason training can be a big help. The eight exercises Dr. Sam shows in this workout plan are designed to target areas that power you up the trail mile after mile: They increase strength in your core and major leg muscles, and help build endurance in those same muscle groups.

In this video, we’ll show you the following exercises:
Hip Roll—0:43
Jump Squats—1:27
Step Up—2:01
Heel Down—2:37
Bridge with Hamstring Curl—3:27
Squat Curl Overhead Press—4:10
Hip Clock—4:49
Side Plank with Leg Raise—5:35

And for more information on training for hiking, check out our article:

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Milford Track: Alpine Tramping (Hiking) Series | New Zealand

Over the course of four days the Milford Track takes you 53.5km right through the heart of Fiordland. The track itself is well developed due to its ‘Great Walk’ status. However, day three of your walk can be very challenging as it involves a long steep climb up and over Mackinnon Pass. This brings you into an alpine environment, so there’s a few things you need to know to stay safe on your journey. This video explores the alpine section to help you prepare for the harsher conditions, particularly in exposed areas.

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Hiking Australia's Grand Canyon in the Blue Mountains | Backpacking Australia, Part 5

Eric Hanson drops into Australia's Grand Canyon in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales for a multi-day hiking trip. Surrounded by arresting sandstone walls, ever-present waterfalls and abundant native plants, Eric and Mark start out on the Grand Canyon Track before continuing down Rodriguez Pass into the Grose Valley, where Eric narrowly misses stepping on a brown snake on the track.

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Hiking 10 Miles on Kinder Scout

Harvey and I decided to head up Kinder Scout for a 10 mile ramble just after Christmas. It was typical Kinder weather - misty, moody, drizzly and with no clearance - but it made the scenery atmospheric and beautiful. See the full walking route here:

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Jumper: Patagonia Nano Air Lite Hoody
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Waterproof Coat: Haglogs LIM Pullover
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How to Pack a Hiking Go-Bag || REI

Make spontaneous day hikes easy with a hiking go-bag. Miranda walks you through why you should build a go-bag, what’s in her pack, and some tips for how to assemble your own day hiking go-bag. Plus, the cat finally gets an introduction!

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6:35 - Hiking clothes (and things that stay in the car)

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This is why they all hate hiking

Check out these 5 mistakes that first time thru-hikers will make when they're new to hiking. I take my friend Mark out on a 4-day hiking trip and we both make some rookie mistakes that you can avoid in this video!

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What to Bring on a Day Hike || REI

Heading out for a day hike is a great way to explore nature, and it’s important to bring the right gear. In this video, Miranda talks through what goes in her daypack so she’s prepared for the trail ahead. Watch the video, then check out our handy, printable day hiking checklist here: -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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