A good day at Yosemite

I’m logging in at Curry Village. The wifi seems to be working OK now. It was crowded in the Valley. The bus was a great idea to get around. The falls are stil looking good. I guess you can see the Yosemite Falls webcam for yourself. I went up with a reporter from the Merced Sun-Star. He will write a story soon on the whole Half Dome experiences and the permit process.

We got a late start up Half Dome and the trail was empty. Pretty strange. When we went up the cables about 11:30 they were pretty thin. The cables got crowded on the way down. At 2 pm the rangers said that they logged in about 400 for the day. It was a bit hot today – especially in the afternoon. I got some great pix to share but I have not had time to download them yet. We finished pizza and are heading to the crib now.

I met a lot of blog and book readers and will share their pix soon. Several I talked to got 2-day permits, so there is hope. Also many got permits by asking others.

OK – all for now. To bed. Back home through Mariposa and Merced.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” – John Muir

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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2 Responses to A good day at Yosemite

  1. Greg says:

    “Also many got permits by asking others.”

    I thought permits were not transferable? I have a permit for Monday, 7/16 with “Group Size: 2”. But the second person isn’t named. My wife will not be hiking that day, so in theory I have an extra spot, which I would be happy to share for free. Does the name of the second (or third, or fourth) person on each permit show up on the ranger’s iPod? I don’t want to jeopardize my own access by breaking the rules. Thanks.

    • Greg,

      Your permit is NOT transferable. Whoever is the TRIP LEADER and bought the permits must be on the hike. Only the Trip Leader and Alternate’s name is on on the permit / iPAD. If you got it for 4 people – any 3 can go with you. And yes, you can have a stranger you mnet on the trail go up with you. The park prefers you cancel unused slots. They are put intothe 2-day mini-lottery. You cannot take money from the strangers.

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