A shout out to all the new readers from my REI talks at Saratoga, San Carlos and San Francisco. Good, enthusiastic future domers. Welcome. For newbies, once I cover a subject I’m not too keen on regurgitating it. So just page back in the blog to see past topics. I also file them in the “categories” that they pertain to. Look at the tabs above to find your choice: equipment, events, mishaps, history, park planning, etc. Static information is put into the tabs at the uppermost.
I’d like to hear from anyone who has been up in 2012. How was it? Snow field still there? How was the crowd on the cables?
I need to alert all that there is a flaw in the recreation.gov permit system. Seems the name of the Alternates are NOT being shown on the actual permit. If the named TRIP LEADER cannot go, the Alternate can take his/her place – with an ID. So the alternate is allowed to present the Ranger with the permit – but since the alternate’s name is NOT on the actual permit – we have a problem, Houston. Click to enlarge.
My advice: 1. Do not print out the permits until you are positive everyone is going … like 3-4 days before. 2. Contact recreation.gov and cancel the unneeded permits for your $5 each refund. 3. Print out both the confirmation email (which DOES list the alternate name) and the actual permit. Copy both and give to each hiker. Then all arrive at the ranger at Sub Dome together and present your dossier. You are covered for all contingencies and in case the trip leader bails or anything happens to his/her copy of the permits.
By the way, don’t come down on the NPS – recreation.gov is a contractor company in NY state. Hint: It may be time to rebid the contract.
My new book has an error: On Pg 171 change the last word from 1871 to 1796. Sorry. Besides that If you like it, write a review comment on Amazon (you needn’t have bought it from them.) Go <here>.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” – John Muir
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com