YOSEMITE (CBS13) — Half Dome is a popular spot for climbers all around the world, but for one man, it’s a place he’s been dreaming of skiing down since he was five.
That dream has become a reality last weekend when Jason Torlano, 45, and Zach Milligan, 40, became the first people to ski the iconic summit.READ MORE: Sacramento County Tackles Zip Code Vaccine Disparities
The pair camped out at Yosemite National Park then got going at 3 a.m. Sunday with just enough time to make the hike up before the sun came out and melted the snow.
Torlano took a small plane around Half Dome the day before to check snow levels and decided it was “go time.”READ MORE: Feds' Boogaloo Indictment Details Inside of Northern California Extremist Group
“We got to the top, and the whole time we didn’t say much…. we instantly high fived and we clipped our skies on,” Torlano said. “I’ve always wanted to do it, so to me, it seemed like it was perfect, everything lined up. I was like, ‘Oh, it’s definitely skiable, we’re good.'”
Torlano says he has attempted the descent three times but there’s either been too much snow that could cause an avalanche, or the snow melts too quickly in the sun.MORE NEWS: Will Vaccine Hesitancy Impact Herd Immunity In California?
The 4,000-foot descent took about five hours.