Friends of the Big Rock. More info is trickling out of the NPS with guidance about the Half Dome permits. A bit of expansion on the 2012 process: The park is really trying to cut down on scalping, so it looks like EACH person in a party MUST arrive at Checkpoint Charlie to show their permits to the Ranger. They must be with the designated Trip leader in order to proceed. A bit of a hassle if folks walk at different paces.
Also, the 50 extra permits will not be a sure thing. They will monitor the usage and increase or DECREASE the number depending. But if 2011 was any indication, there will be plenty to go around. Also, they are encouraging you to cancel through recreation.gov and get your $5.00 per permit refunded. If you take permits and give them out on the trail, then accept $5.00 in return (the permit fee), they consider that selling. When your permits for a given date are cancelled, they will be put into the pool for that date. No word on how the lottery will be consumated – a computer or 4 rangers over a long table?
So it’s going to be hard to go more than once this summer. I think the only way is to book a room and roll the dice. Enter the lottery via your laptop then see if you win. Then you can do the hike. If you are a loser (no, we’re ALL winners) then you may get to do different hike. Of course you can ask your hiking buddies to all try and get permits for another day and go with them.
I got out on this beautiful California weekend and did my first hike since my October accident. Dr told me to build up slowly, so I took Yosey, the 5 pound Yorkie hiking buddy up Los Gatos hill. But the little guy pooped out on me. As you can see, I’m literally taking the dog for a walk.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “You know that we are living in a material world. And I am a material girl.” – Madonna (The Superbowl show was great, but all she did was stoop down and twirl. Yawn
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com