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


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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Don’t print out your permit to Half Dome ….yet.

Got your permit and are letting it cure before you get serious about going? Good.  Let it stay until you are really really sure you are going. You can cancel up to 2-days in advance. Since only the leader and alternate have to be named, you can substitute the others as the summer wears on.

If you login to and print your permit you will be unable to cancel it, make any changes, or receive a refund.

Things happen. If some in your party bails out, you can get their $8 back…but only if you have not printed the permit out.  I can understand why.  If a “bad person” prints it out, they could give copies to others.  The odds of both getting by the ranger are low, but if the ranger is not there and he/she later meets you on the trail and asks for your permit…..he/she is not going to crank up the iPad to confirm…..they will ask to see your permit.  If two parties have the same number – wham.  Up to $5,000 fine.

May is here…time to begin your training. Hills. Hills. Then do them again.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Desperado, oh, you

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Half Dome Permit Process – How to improve your odds.

March is THE month to apply for permits for ALL 2017 for the honored right to ascent the famous cables at Half Dome. They have been up since 1919 and are beckoning.

Here’s the way it works. Anytime during March, you apply with up to 7 prioritized dates…you can ask for up to 6 permits. manages it – not Yosemite.

Men on mountail

Only one way to get up – with a permit

The leader HAS to be on the hike. This prevents scalping. You cannot sell or buy permits. They will tell you in April if you won. Weekdays in June are the highest demand. In fact, over 5,000 people ask for permits then.  So be flexible and go later in the summer.

There is NO advantage to applying early in March – 2 chimpanzees draw the winner from all who  submitted an entry. It’s $4.50 to apply.

The odds are very low of getting a permit. About 40,000 a year go up…..remember 4 million visit Yosemite! 350 are allowed up each day. WAY better than in 2009 when over 1,000 hit the cables on weekends. (Permits began in 2010).

Learn more about it. See our PERMITS tab.

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