George G. Anderson

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George G. Anderson
Personal information
Nationality Scottish [1]
Born 1839
Montrose, Scotland [1]
Died May 8, 1884
Yosemite National Park, California
Climbing career
Type of climber Mountaineering
First ascents Half Dome Cables (aid climb), Oct. 1875[2]

George G. Anderson (1839 – May 8, 1884)[3] is best known for making the first ascent to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park in California, United States on October 12, 1875.[2] During the climb, he drilled the holes which, after 1919, came to house the cables of the popular route up Half Dome. A pioneer without the benefit of modern climbing gear or techniques, Anderson worked barefoot, and placed iron spikes drilled into the rock for protection. The ascent took him days on end.[4] His one-room log cabin, originally located at what is now Foresta just west of Yosemite Valley, was moved to the Pioneer Yosemite History Center in Wawona where it continues to be preserved.


  1. ^ a b Hutchings, James M. (1886). "26". In the Heart of the Sierras (2004 online transcription of 1888 ed.). Oakland, California: Pacific Press Publishing House. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  2. ^ a b Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  3. ^ "George Anderson". Yosemite Nature Notes. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ Secor, R.J. (1999). The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes and Trails (2nd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers Books. ISBN 0-89886-625-1.