Caveat Emptor

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

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     When the Romans hiked Halfus Domus, they too, had to pay tribute to Ceasar.  Many had no passes to allow safe passage so they sought out citizens of the Empire who had extra tablets to allow them to visit the Domus.  In the days of old, it was common for false tablets to be foisted upon the unsuspecting. Legions of Centurions were sent out to apprehend the purveyors of deceit. To the alarm of many, those who attempted to climb the sacred Domus were rebuffed by the gods and sent back to their village. Thus the phrase Caveat EmptorBuyer Beware still lives into the 21st Century.

    The moral? Be very wary of any QUOTE permits UNQUOTE you may be trading for or paying for from the the unseen person at the other end of the internet cable. The permits are extremely easy to counterfeit. A decent scanner, a common word processor and copy machine can turnout legit looking Half Dome permits. So if a bad guy wants to make a bundle all he has to do is buy one permit and forge several look-alikes. They do it with Green cards and driver’s licenses. He will be in the Bahamas while you are being told you can’t go up Half Dome this summer because you have a bogus permit. I would get a copy of their driver license and make sure your process server can find him to sit before the judge in small claims court. Or don’t – and good luck with the Nigerian fortune waiting for your reply.  Caveat Emptor

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “In God we trust – everyone else pays cash.” – A modern folk saying

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch –

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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  1. Justin L. says:

    Hey Mr. Half dome, how about as a post you give everyone a home work assingment. The flagging of illegal yosemite listings on craigslist. I have been watching the SF Bay area craigslist in the last week, there is someone in SF who is selling mulitple campsites and quoted me 130 a night, yes 130 a night. There are also people who have stacks and stacks of half dome permits, i had one quote me 90 dollars per permit. It takes multiple flags to stop these listings. We need to fight them, so they cannot sell their listings. Only then can we get legit people purchasing these campsites and half dome permits.

    • mrhalfdome says:

      I am not the secret police … That said the NPS is aware of the mega-dealers and knows who bought permits and how many. Ez for them to get the raw data from they will pursue those profitting from these sales. A goal is to keep it a level playing field. Page back a few blogs to read the US Code that allows prosecution.

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