Anyone get a Half Dome permit for 2017 yet?

We don’t need no stinking permits!!  YES, on Half Dome you do!

Blazing Saddles

Apologies to Blazing Saddles

Let us know if you won one. The falls are jamming now and will continue long into this summer.

If you got zapped, consider getting my video “How to improve your odds for getting a permit”…too late now for the March Lottery….award notification any day now. But you can try the 2-day mini lottery done all summer. Same tactics apply.

$5.00 for all the smarts you need.  Send me a comment.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “There’s nothing in the streets. looks any different to me. And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye. And the parting on the left; are now parting on the right. And the beards have all grown longer overnight.
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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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27 Responses to Anyone get a Half Dome permit for 2017 yet?

  1. Emily says:

    I did Half Dome for the first time last summer on my birthday! It was my preferred date (8/25/16) and we started the hike at 1am. Met ZERO people until Subdome. We got to see he sunrise at the base of the cables and had the cables completely alone😍 I took one look at the steepness and almost chickened out. My husband said let’s just go slat by slat. Needless to say I forgot my camera/go pro at the bottom! This year I applied again and got selected again! This time September 20th. we will be hiking they the night again. You conserve water and beat the heat!

    • Emily – Congrats. Great story. 10 ft at a time and it’s not tooooo bad. I’ve done the sunrise…got to the cables at 5 am……it really cold on the trail about 3 am .

      Did you get your TShirt??? See my STORE page.


  2. Deana Baker says:

    We are coming to Yosemite June 18-21 and did not get permits yet. We will try the 2 day prior method. If we are unsuccessful, what would you suggest as an alternative activity??

    • Deana,

      June is very hard to get permits. On weekends over 5,000 try for the 225. I go over tips and ways to improve your odds – they work in the 2-day mini lottery. No guarantees, but a good strategy. Tips on how you may be able to to go up even if you don’t win a permit. They cannot be bought or sold.

      To view the half dour video on how to improve your chances of getting a permit, I ask $5.00 via paypal to feed my dog. Please use Friends and Family tab so I don’t have to pay the 3% fee.

      Use my email address,

      There are a ton of other hikes…..Yosemite falls, 4-mile trail and Clouds Rest are excellent and all-day.

      • Chihiro Kawaii says:


        You said you had a way to increase the odds of winning the lottery permit. What is the success rate? Please advise.

        • Chihiro – No one keeps track of those statistics. but watch my video and you will learn the best way to improve your odds. I’ve done HD 5 times in 2011 and 2012. Did not cheat. No guarantees, but why not put more chips on the roulette wheel? Send me an email for all the details $5 asked to feed my dog.


  3. Aditi says:

    Anyone has extra permits? Any day is fine. All help will be much appreciated. Ready to pay too.

  4. Liza says:

    Hi there! My dad, brother and I are heading up August 9th…we actually won two dates, but the 9th suited best. My brother and my dad have been up multiple times, but it will be my first. Trying to get over my fear of the cables by being prepared as possible!

    • Getting the permit is hard part #1.

      #2 is getting up!! I’m glad you want to prepare for it. I say almost anyone who is ambulatory and reasonably fit, can do it with Preparation, Education and motivation.

      I can assist with Prep. Read my book (below) and watch my video going up the cables. Go to my YouTube Channel….or seek “Yosemite’s Half Dome: All the way up.”

  5. Grumpy Armadillo says:

    Hi! My siblings and I are spending May 22-24 in Yosemite and want to hike Half Dome, but this is just a couple days shy of the first permit so we couldn’t enter the lottery! 🙁

    Do you know if the park service ever decides to open permits a few days early? How would we find out about this? I was thinking maybe it would be posted on the Current Conditions page:

    We’re thinking it will be worth it to hike Half Dome even if we can’t do the cables! We don’t need any kind of permit if we won’t do the last section, right?

    • Grumpy,

      The cables are not scheduled to be installed until Memorial Day. Not one day before and probably weeks after. The high snows should delay the trail crews from getting up there. No, never are they installed earlier.

      Sure you can go that way any time…it’s in the wilderness. But bring your snow shovel as much of the trail up will be in deep snow. Many trails are closed until they are viewed as safe by the park.

      Permits are required to go beyond Sub Dome when the cables are open for business. A ranger up there checks.

      I don;t work for the park—but know more about HD than the average bear.

      Come here for all your Half Dome info. I also do a blog etc etc. See links below.


      • Grumpy Armadillo says:

        Thanks so much, Rick! I ordered your book from Amazon.

        We are definitely training — so sore right now from a 5.4 mile hill run last night. :O My brothers are triathletes so I think we’ll be ok.

        Hopefully some of the snow will melt over the next month! If not, we’ll just hike as far as we can and turn back.

  6. Mackenzie Little says:

    Hi Rick,

    I’d heard about the lottery the week before it closed, and entered it thinking, “There’s no way I’m going to get anything…”. Well, last week I got our permits for Tuesday, September 5! I feel so lucky having gotten the permits on my first lottery attempt.

    I entered without having told anyone, out of fear of hyping it up. I asked my hiking buddy if he wanted to go with me; he happily agreed and I told him, Good! Because I put your name a phone number down as Alternate Group Leader!”

    I also felt lucky this past Saturday morning, when I woke up before 7am to secure our campground for Upper Pines. We were looking to stay Sun 9/3-Wed 9/6, but were only able to get Mon-Wed. Any tips on a place to stay for Sunday night at another place in the park?

    I ordered your book the day I got the permits, and have been moving through it quickly. I appreciate the geographical and historical aspects of the first few chapters; learning about and absorbing those things will only add to the grandeur to our experience. I’ve just started the preparation chapters and am looking forward to putting in some work at the gym (hello, upper body strength!) and exploring new hikes around us on the weekend (Monterey Peninsula).

    My mom describes Yosemite in this way: There’s just nothing like it. You stand there taking it all in and think, “there’s no way this is all real”. But it is. And it’s overwhelming in the best possible way.

    I can’t wait to see how right she is.


    • Mackenzie,

      You are one lucky person. Play the LOTTO next! Be prepared for CROWDS on Labor Day.

      Thanks for buying the book. I KNOW it will help. I see some on the trail with it. Permission granted to copy / carry page 123 for quick reference as to where you are.

      Places to stay is one of the biggest headaches…after getting permits.

      People DO cancel…so I’d try very often to be the first in case. Depends how much you want to camp. Check every day. Also, Try other campgrounds. Mono Meadows is kinda close. Tamarack flat is usually open…you will have a drive but oh well.

      I stay at the Curry Tent cabins…yes, way more expensive, but I get a good night’s sleep on a bed…I want to be fully rested for that hike. It’s a killer!
      Mom is right!!

      Are you getting one of my TShirts??? Many roll them up in their pack and put on at the top. A photo op!

      Carpe Diem!

      Rick Deutsch: “Mr. Half Dome” ™
      Author, Speaker, Historian
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  7. Erica says:

    I really wanted one and was not drawn.

    would love an insider guide to getting one with the 2 days… any help would be wonderful!

    blue skies!

  8. Megan says:

    We got permits for Saturday of Labor Day weekend! Very excited! The first thing I did was go on Amazon and purchase your book. Reading it now and finding it super helpful!

    • Megan – How’s this for a quick reply. I happen to be on-line now. Thanks for the comment. I loved writing it. I write like I talk – just the facts and fun stories. We’ve sold 13,000 copies.

      Wow – Labor Day is a very tough date to get. You will have a lot of traffic to keep you company. Let me know if you have questions…..train on hills – lots of them!

      Are you going to get one of my TShirts??

      Carpe Diem!

  9. Fel Chow says:

    yes. 5 of us applied and luckily i got it! i booked in the morning and got my prefered pick of Labor Day Saturday! everyone else didn’t get any picks.:(

  10. Mandy says:

    Yes!!!! We are going August 8th!!! It’s my first trip West!! This Florida gal has a lot of training to do!!

    • Congrats.

      August will be HOT, but you will get 3 degrees F cooler for every 1,000 ft you go up! But it will still be hot. See my book for water sources. DRINK.

      You need to hike hills. None in FLA so go up/down fire escapes in the Hilton. Then do it 10 more times. Really – HD is a very very hard day.

      • Mandy says:

        Definitely no hills in Florida!! I definitely live in the flat part of the world!!

        I’ll see if I can’t find that fire escape at the Hilton!

  11. Lynn Arena says:

    Hi Rick,
    We were successful in the lottery! We got the permit for the day we wanted in June. I applied under my name and my husband’s name. We got it under his name. Thank you so much for the video!

    • Congrats. I love June there…big waterfalls, long days, less chance of thunder… but VERY hard to get permits…way to go!…but see my book for water sources. You will get 3 degrees F cooler for every 1,000 ft you go up! But it will still be hot. I snagged one for mid-July using the subdivsion tactic.

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