Bill Henry and I made a go of Half Dome's infamous cables route on a very crowded August day. This marked the last year of the no-quota era. Rangers have subsequently instituted a permit system for all hikers above Sub Dome to prevent exactly this kind of traffic jam. Still, the weather was perfect, no fights broke out, and this video includes I believe the only footage I've got of a girl in a bikini. So all in all—a great day!
For more on our Half Dome hike that day, see: Hiking Half Dome via the Cables