Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
The reservation pipeline is opening December 15 to snag reservations for all Yosemite Valley Campgrounds with arrival dates of March 15-May 14. They will go on sale Thursday Dec 15 at 7am Pacific Time. Mark this down NOW so you don’t forget. Remember, Hans and Frans from across the pond will be your competition. They will be wide awake. Set your alarm. There will be no sales for this time period for Yosemite Valley camping prior to December 15.
If you are Hetch Hetchy hiker, be advised that the heavy duty bridge near Rancheria Falls got clobbered during the October deluge. Although made with steel I-Beams, it is now a shadow of itself. No further word if / when it will be repaired.
This anecdote from Half Dome vet and blog reader Norm S. We all know that the NPS posted a ranger at Sub Dome to check for permits. We often guessed at what the penalty would be if you did the hike without a permit. After all, these are Federal Law Enforcement officers who are checking permits. Since the rangers were only manning the turnstile during the heavy flow times (roughly10 am to 3 pm) it was possible to go up the cables outside that window. During a mid-September hike he overheard a Ranger question a couple who just came down from HD and were descending the Sub Dome staircase. She asked for their tickets. They claimed they didn’t know that they had to have them.(duh) She told them there were four signs along the trail which indicated the need for a ticket. She asked each person for their driver’s license and radioed in the information. (1-Adam 12, 1-Adam 12) She didn’t issue a paper citation. But told them if they were stopped again by a Ranger this incident would come up on the record. They asked how long the it would remain in the computer. She responded, “indefinitely.” Wow, so now we know.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I hear the train a comin’. It’s rolling round the bend. And I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when. I’m stuck in Folsom prison, and time keeps draggin’ on. But that train keeps a rollin’ on down to San Antone.” – Johnny Cash
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com