**Permits required for Half Dome in 2012 via lottery in March. Read <HERE>.**
Fresh info from the park. It looks like the permit system will require ALL in a party to be with the “Trip Leader” when their permits are checked at Sub Dome. In the past, the group could travel at different paces and as long as each held a bona fide permit, they could proceed. To help curb scalping (thanks, guys), they will requiring the Trip Leader (or alternate) to have an ID with all his/her kittens by his side at Sub Dome for the checkie-check.
Also, they will be encouraging permit holders to cancel permits via recreation.gov for the refund and NOT give them out along the trail. They say that if you ask people to pay the $5.00 fee, that is considered “selling” the permit. The cancelled permits will go into the pool of lottery permits to be drawn each day – in addition to the 50 planned. Those numbers could go up or down based on actual numbers doing the hike. Remember, last year it averaged only 200+.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Well, the rain exploded with a mighty crash as we fell into the sun. And the first one said to the second one there: ‘I hope, you’re having fun.’ Band on the run.” – Wings
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com