George Anderson's original drillholes on Half Dome


Yosemite Climbers-
Hi all. My name is Danny Schaible and I am a Historical Landscape Architect at Yosemite. This summer, I will be doing research towards possibly nominating the Half Dome cables to the National Register of Historic Places (similar to the status that Camp 4 has).
I am writing to see if any of you have come across any of George Anderson's original drill holes left over from his 1875 ascent of Half Dome. In my limited research so far I have not found any information as to where these original drills holes would have been located. Indeed, it is possible that they mirror the present alignment of the Half Dome cables. However, if any of you have seen evidence of a string of drill holes (he evidently used roughly 40 hand-drilled eye-bolts on his way to the top) located on other sections of Half Dome, please let me know. The drill holes would have been roughly 1/2 inch in diameter by 6 inches deep.
Thanks for your time and please let me know if you have any information on the location of these drill holes.
Danny Schaible

Ken Yager
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Here is one of Anderson's spikes

Ken Yager

neebee (not verified)

hey there ken... still kind of just testing all this out here... but say:
i will never cease to be amazed at what this man did, to do that climb...
trying to imagine how he felt, on that very day he made the move to do it...
a dream, coming into being... man oh man... :O
well, all for now... take care, god bless...
thanks for displaying the spike pictures... :)

Randy Travis (not verified)

I have allways been facinated by this climb. When I was about 7 years old I read a story by Jack London called Dutch Couage about 2 guys following this line .That story was one of my first insirations for starting to climb.I would be interested in finding the original site.