Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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April 21 is John Muir’s Birthday. 1838. I don’t think he’ll be able to make the party. The guy had his act together. Are you going to the John Muir parade at Yosemite? Oh, there isn’t one. Going to watch the celebration at the White House. Oh, there isn’t one. How about the ceremony at the Sacramento State Capitol? Oh, there isn’t one. WHY NOT??
Now for some comments on the publicity about scalping Half Dome permits. In a previous blog I quoted the legal words that prohibit it.
This hiking permit is transferable, but cannot be resold or auctioned. Resale of this permit is a violation of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, section 1.6. You are allowed to give this permit to anyone else, but each permit can only be used once.
So, violations are against a Federal Law. You are talking FBI here. If the park wants to pursue it the scalpers could be drawing the wrath of the big boys here. Sing Sing, Leavenworth, Alcatraz. August permits are available on May 1, just a few days away. How will the publicity affect our chances of getting permits? Well, it could discourage the bad guys from doing it again and open up more slots –or – it could greatly increase the number of honest people we have to compete with. They all read about it (Front page of San Jose Murky News). “Gee, we better get our permits NOW so at least we can go in 2011.”
Reminds me a lot of the early days of EBay. We paid for automated programs that would enter our bids a nanosecond before the closing time. It’s called snipe-ing. Unless the park puts a limit of say, 4 permits from each IP address, there is nothing they can do. But then clever people would just use multiple systems to buy. But what about groups of 10 friends all hitting BUY at 7:00:0001 am to get 40 of the 300 permits for their group? I guess the safest strategy is to go on an undesirable day – like Tuesday. You might have 4 seconds of pad time instead of trying for a Saturday.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” = Paul Dudley White
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com