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.
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.
Although the season is over – I’m obsessed and will continue to be here, typing away with fun info about the big rock. I know many will move on to skiing, mahjong and curling….but there is so much to learn about Half Dome that I love to share. Feel free to send me a guest post and I’ll make you a star….not really.
Still time to get one of my classy TShirts. Hint hint. What a great xmas gift!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light. Shine on you crazy diamond.” Pink Floyd
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome