Recreation.gov is beginning to award permits to hike half dome today. Mr Half Dome won!! Funny, the notice says permits are $5.00 each – not the $8 advertised. In addition, they include a lot of cautions:
- Rock is dangerously slippery during and after rain: the Half Dome cables and Sub Dome steps become much more difficult to ascend and descend.
- Exposure to lightning increases once you are above the base of Sub Dome.
- Lightning or wet rock can cause a fatal fall from either the Half Dome cables or Sub Dome steps.
- Hiking time on the exposed section of trail (above the base of Sub Dome) will be at least 2-3 hours. Weather can change drastically in that time, and changes are impossible to predict.
- Deciding to proceed and turn around if the weather “turns bad” is not a good strategy. If you wait until it is raining to turn around, you have waited too long and could have a dangerous descent in rain and/or lightning.
- You are responsible for your own risk assessment and actions.
Let us know if you got one.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “You win some, you lose some, some get rained out, but you have to suit up for all of them.” – A wise old man
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com