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Half Dome cable system is DOWN – Next lottery is in March 2018

The summer hiking season for Yosemite’s Half Dome is officially over. The permit registration site “recreation.gov” is inactive until the 2018 season.   The 2018 lottery will be held in March for all summer (225 permits per day). The winners are notified in early April.

Yea, another year with NO fatalities. The permit system really makes this a better hike than before.  About 40,000 people do this massively hard hike each summer.  16 miles round trip – a mile vertical gain – 12 hours. Whew.

two women at yosemite

Half Dome cables done for 2017

Although the support pipes and the 2 x 4 boards are removed and hidden, the 600+ foot steel cables remain. Some mentally challenged (IMHO) people go up anyway, just rappelling, holding the heavy steel cable. 2 women died doing this in the winter shoulder months in 2016 and 17.  Unless you have climbing experience or just have a death wish, keep off it.

That said, Half Dome is in the wilderness….so you can do what you want. But remember YOU assess the risk of what you are doing and deal with it. A 3,000 foot fall is the express way to get to the bottom.

Info on the accident situation

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B U L L E T I N ……… Half Dome Cables will be up June 2

B U L L E T I N    

Half Dome Cables will be up June 2

2 day mini-lottery open May 31. Use this if you missed earlier due to snow.

www. recreation.gov

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Just Do it!!!!” – Nike
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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B U L L E T I N – Half Dome cables “UP” target date now June 2

B U L L E T I N

Target date for the Half Dome cables being up and ready for hikers is June 2.

If you had a permit for an earlier date – you will be refunded….but if you still want to go – you  have to apply for the 2-day mini-lottery.  Do it on May 31 – ask for June 2. My TIPS seminar applies to the mini-lottery as well. PM me on how to get it.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “And they’re coming to take me away ha-haaa. They’re coming to take me away ho-ho hee-hee ha-haaa. To the funny farm,
where life is beautiful all the time and I’ll be happy to see those nice young men
in their clean white coats, and they’re coming to take me away ha-haaa” –

Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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