The park has done a very good service this year by posting the number of applications for Half Dome permits and bar graphing them. First, here’s a pie chart showing the summer “day of the week” applications. (As of March 19)
If you look at the whole page <HERE>, you’ll see way fewer applications later in the summer. It’s as if everyone wants to do the hike early – or they cannot firm up plans to go that far in advance.
What is missing is an explanation of what we are looking at. Are they graphing “applications” or the number of permits being asked for. A big difference. Since the vertical axis is scaled to “300” – the number of day hikers allowed, I’d think it’s the total number of PERMITS being asked for each day. Not the number of submitted applications (which could range from 1 to 6 permits). I’ll ask my park contacts for clarification. Bottom line – hike mid-week and later in the summer.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Ground Control to Major Tom: Commencing countdown, engines on. Check ignition and may God’s love be with you.” – David Bowie
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com