2013 is the year the “extended” interim solution for the Half Dome cables was to end. The plan is actually a year late as the permits were legally to be for 2010 and 2011. It was extended to 2012 to give the Govt more time to bottom out. Now that the election is over, I hope the powers move out and release it. The guess is that the NPS will select the option for 300 daily permits – to be shared with day hikers and wilderness permit holders. So that means hikers will need to compete for 200 a day. I prefer the 400 alternative.
Personally, I don’t like 100 going to wilderness permit holders – many day hikers just cannot do overnight camping – no desire, no gear, no training. I think by getting a Wilderness Permit, THAT should be your reward. Gee, you get to camp pretty much anywhere in the wilderness. Why should you get another benefit by getting a Half Dome permit? Oh well.
Camping is a 5-month reservation window at Yosemite. The cables are forecast to be up on May 27 next year – weather permitting. That means if you plan to camp, you need to know by January 27 if you are going to get a campsite. So the whole process has to be approved and communicated around the world by then. And so we wait.
Good news: If you google “Half Dome” – this website comes up #1. Ahead of NPS and even Wikipedia. We’re here to serve. Thanks for your support.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The difference between a goal and a dream is a deadline.” – Steve Smith
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com