Day 1 of Half Dome Cables Lottery

Well, it has started. The first day of the magic lottery to allow you to hike almost 8  miles to the base of Sub Dome and show your permit to the smiling ranger. If all your party is with you and your Trip Leader shows an ID to verify he/she bought the permits, you are free to scale the backside of the signature landmark of Yosemite. Awesome.

Like I said last night, I am going to wait until the dust settles. Too many blips can occur until it all gets sorted out. And yes, the flubs have already started. Here’s what Tara said in a comment if you missed it:

“I see no way to apply for a permit from recreation.gov website. I can pick a date for a permit and enter number in my group, but I get a message that says ‘these permits cannot be issued from this website.’ There’s no option to enter the lottery.”

Upon checking, I’m not sure where Tara was…but here is a screenshot of the lottery page on recreation.gov…..hmmmm  looks ok to me.  Anyone else ????

But there is NO reason to apply now – same poor odds as if you wait until March 31. Let others be the guinea pigs.

Need a job?  The Yosemite Conservancy is looking for an interim Outdoor Adventure & Administrative Assistant. It’s a summer job only and you’d replace someone (a woman, ha ha ) on maternity leave from June to October. You’ll be working on projects that coordinate the sales and registration process for Yosemite Outdoor Adventure programs and Custom  Adventures. This office-based position works collaboratively with the Resident Naturalist, Pete Devine. I know Pete and he is a super guy. His office is at the YC El Portal complex. Click <HERE> if interested.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: Here we come, walkin’ down the street. We get the funniest looks from every one we meet. Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees.” – R.I. P. Davey Jones

*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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5 Responses to Day 1 of Half Dome Cables Lottery

  1. Dean says:

    Good luck folks.

    After 3 trips exploring California, Yosemite and beyond in last 5 years we’re giving you all a break this year…doing our bit to lower the load on the trails ;o)

    Heading north this year, across the border to Canada, Banff National Park. and the Rockies.

    Just need to keep clear of those grizzlies…

    • Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch says:

      No lottery there. Have a good one. You’ll find out that Yosemite is the best.

  2. Sönke says:

    Lottery application system is up and running with no problems.

  3. Maureen L says:

    Tara’s message had a 29 February data on it.

    • Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch says:

      VERY good eyes!! Tara..did you see that…lottery began today – try it again.

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