Approached via the death slabs to the base of the face of Half Dome. Filled up our water at the spring and fixed 3 pitches.
Woke up at 3:30am and ascended our fixed lines at 4:30am. There was a party with a hall bag that we started before (not a good idea to haul this route - they didn't make it to the big sandy ledge bivy) and an inexperienced british party (had to teach the follower how to ascend lines correctly - they ended up bailing). I luckily was able to link pitches 4 and 5 with a 70 meter rope and we passed the british party and had the route to ourselves for the rest of the climb. We made it to big sandy ledge at 7pm and set up bivy.
Topped out at 4pm, had some lunch, hiked back down by 8pm in time for pizza and beer! Highlight: Linking pitches on a 70 meter rope saved a lot of time. "Thank God Ledge" was amazing and a little scary. Slipping on a 5.8 slab and taking a 15 foot whipper with tattered cords as pro. Miley Cyrus music at Big Sandy. Tara helping me put on chapstick. Time spent with good friends.
Me approaching the base of the climb
Ascending our ropes I started 30 minutes behind a group of guys who were so slow and kept asking me how to jug
Tara jugging up one of the early pitches
Jeremy rocking the 5 9 chimney He lead and the linked the chimney
Me on Pitch 16 about to hit big sandy
Pesto and Jack Daniels for dinner Don t mind if I do
Me in the morning in my own private bivy spot
Tara on Thank God Ledge