Half Dome Permit Process – How to improve your odds.

March is THE month to apply for permits for ALL 2017 for the honored right to ascent the famous cables at Half Dome. They have been up since 1919 and are beckoning.

Here’s the way it works. Anytime during March, you apply with up to 7 prioritized dates…you can ask for up to 6 permits. Recreation.gov manages it – not Yosemite.

Men on mountail

Only one way to get up – with a permit

The leader HAS to be on the hike. This prevents scalping. You cannot sell or buy permits. They will tell you in April if you won. Weekdays in June are the highest demand. In fact, over 5,000 people ask for permits then.  So be flexible and go later in the summer.

There is NO advantage to applying early in March – 2 chimpanzees draw the winner from all who  submitted an entry. It’s $4.50 to apply.

The odds are very low of getting a permit. About 40,000 a year go up…..remember 4 million visit Yosemite! 350 are allowed up each day. WAY better than in 2009 when over 1,000 hit the cables on weekends. (Permits began in 2010).

Learn more about it. See our PERMITS tab.

Is there a way to have a better chance?

YES. I’ve been up 41 times and broke the code.  2 summers I did it 5 times each year. Knowledge is good.  So I created a “seminar” video where I spill the beans.

If you missed the 2016 seminar I did on “How to improve your odds of getting a permit,” I recorded it and you can learn the best ways to maximize your chances of snagging a Yosemite Half Dome Permit.  There are no guarantees, but last year MANY used these tactics and won.http://hikehalfdome.com/dome-tshirts-order/

If you’d like to see it, send me an email with YOUR email and I will reply with the link. I’ll ask for $5.00 to  help pay for my Ferrari (not).   Use MrHalfDome @ gmail.com

Want a I made it to the top  Shirt?   Read on!

Go for it.

Half Dome is calling and YOU must go.

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 Process – How to improve your odds.

  1. Kevin Bulvanoski says:

    Is there any real shot at getting a pass for half dome from the 2-day lottery?

    • Yes…I’ve gotten them several times. In 2011 and 2012 I went up 5 times. Tricks? Yes. But all legal. And you need a strategy/tactics. They give out 50 per day…plus all the cancellations that come in. Could be up near 100, as in the past.

      Depending when you are planning – JUNE is real hard….you may hit. No guarantees.

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

      Use ricky.deutsch at gmail.com

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