Half Dome Permit Lottery begins Sunday – Learn how to get them

If you missed the Feb 4 webinar we did on Permits, I recorded it and you can learn the best ways to maximize your chances of snagging a Yosemite Half Dome Permit.

The application period for the 2015 season begins on Sunday, March 1. No rush, you get the whole month. If you’d like to see the recording, the fee is $5.00 via PayPal to ricky.deutsch@gmail.com   I will reply with the link.

Cables are needed toascend to the top of half dome

The Half Dome cables – coming soon!


Carpe Diem,


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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2 Responses to Half Dome Permit Lottery begins Sunday – Learn how to get them

  1. Joe Alwan says:

    Hello Rick,

    According to the comments on your announcement of the 2014 lottery, it is allowed to be the primary Trip Leader on one lottery application and the Alternate Trip Leader on a second application. I’m trying to find out whether this is still true. It’s obviously pretty important because my alternate and I could submit 2 applications and double our chances if it’s true. But if we’re wrong about this, both our applications will get thrown out!!

    As I’m sure you know, there is no guidance on this on nps.gov or recreation.gov. So I decided to call and I got 2 different answers!

    The person who answered at the number published on the online application 888-448-1474 (recreation.gov customer service) said that you can only appear on one lottery application, either as Trip Leader or Alternate Trip Leader.

    But the person who answered at the number published on the Half Dome permits page on nps.gov 209-372-0826 said it was OK to be Trip Leader on one application and Alternate Trip Leader on another.

    So, I’m hoping you can help me figure out which is correct? Did any policies change this year?

    Thank you!


    • YES…it works fine. Did it last year with my wife as leader and me alternate…no problem. Rec.gov is back east and they haven’t a clue.

      You may want to see my webinar on getting permits….reply and I’ll tell you how to get it.


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