The Half Dome Stewardship Plan Environmental Assessment is out. Go to the link <HERE> to see the 132 page document. Page down to the PDF link below the “Document Content.” Bottom line – NPS recommends 300 permits (including Wilderness Permits) per day via lottery and NO allocation for commercial guide services. Let’s all read it, digest the impact and comment per their directions.
The 5 Alternatives suggested are:
Alternative A – No restrictions
Alternative B – 400 people per day
Alternative C – 300 people per day ****Recommended****
Alternative D – 140 people per day
Alternative E – Remove the cables
We can comment up to March 15. The plan would then incorporate comments and get signed off to be effective in 2013.
I’ll need to see how this website/blog can assist in 2012 like I did the last 2 years. Seems if a person is down as TRIP LEADER he can get permits for a total of 6 people. Then if not planning to use all of them, they could give some to other friendly Blog readers. The Trip Leader would need to go and show their ID as Trip leader, but the other 5 should be able to pass Checkpoint Charlie. There has NOT been a requirement that all need to cross the gate together.
In other news, the Yosemite Conservancy’s Spring Forum will be March 31. The agenda is being finalized and registrations should be open soon. It’s a good way to hear updates on Park Planning and mneet the Superintendent. Plan to get a room now. Heated tent cabin as a minimum. I’m thinking about staying at the Yosemite Bug and driving over into the park that morning.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Thrown like a star in my vast sleep, I open my eyes to take a peek. To find that I was by the sea gazing with tranquillity. ‘Twas then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man came singing songs of love.” – Donovan
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com