This is the view of the cables yesterday at about noon o’clock. I got my permit under the 2-day mini-permit process. There were 102 available. This was the 50 per day announced by the NPS in March and all cancellations that came in. A lot more no-shows did not cancel. You can get $8 per permit refunded if you cancel…and more hikers can go! The total load yesterday was over 240, but with Backpackers it should been been well over 300.
The weather started of overcast and it actually sprinkled 48 drops the night before. It was nice and cool during the morning but by afternoon it got scorching hot for our return. The late sun blasts you right in the face coming back down. Water is getting very low, but is still running. I thought it would all be gone by now.
My advice Go for it. Don’t complain that you can’t get a permit. Give it the old college try.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The power of imagination makes us infinite.” – John Muir
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com