Approaching Half Dome via Death Slabs… It is much nicer than it sounds like. This name may helps us climbers to maintain constant respect for the mountains and ever changing conditions of the rock. From the valley floor to the base it takes about 3 hours to get up there. It is quite a jungle of ledge systems an fixed ropes… Requiring a bit of mountain sense for proper navigation. Here Mr. Donaldson "bat-manning" up one of the steep gullies that we encountered. Always a great adventure to be out there.