Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
To get or give permits, Click HERE.
** Put your contact info on the request. **
The Park is aware of the confusion regarding the permits and what is actually constitutes a “PERMIT” . . . the confirmaton email or a separate ticket. There has been some issue with recreation.gov. They are located “back East” and are a private firm that managest he reservations for a lot of agencies. So Yosemite has to pay them the $1.50 fee to administer the permit distribution. In 2010, we had to be mailed a physical ticket that looked like this:
The cost to mail out 40,000 permits was expensive and overkill. This year they intended to avoid that by imbedding an image of a “ticket” into the confirmation that we got back on email. Unfortunately, recreation.gov must have not gotten the memo. As we saw, all they sent to us was the confirmation. Calls to them by readers indicted they were clueless. The park is now aware of the mix up (thanks to you guys telling me) and is fixing it.
The Get/Give permits thread is getting a lot of requests for tickets. All I can suggest is to keep monitoring and hope a generous soul decides he/she got too many and is willing to give them to you. It’s all first come/first served and I wish you good luck. I say we will have to get used to “too many people” and need to deal with it. I doubt anyone is ready to cancel their permits this early – as we get closer to the cables being set up, then I hope some permits free up. Be sure to put your contact info on your request. I am not the ticket office but this blog is apparently the only exchange service available. And the park prohibits selling permits (you can recoup our $1.50 fee).
If you have your reservations for a place to stay and you don’t get Half Dome permits, consider one of the many other great hikes at Yosemite. I have blogged about many, so just enter “Cloud’s Rest” etc. into the WordPress search window and with luck it will take you to that blog. Other great 1-day trips are: Yosemite Falls, 4-mile trail, North Dome, Merced Canyon/Merced Lake, the Diving Board, Taft/Stanford/Dewey Points, The Old Big Oak Flat Road, Ostrander Hut, Glen Aulin, Waterwheel Falls, Hetch Hetchy. Further away would include Wawona, The Mariposa Gove or Hite’s Cove.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com