Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Since the emergency interim permit process for the Half Dome cables was announced on January 29, we have been waiting for word on the next step. The permit “ticket” process will be in effect until 2012 when the NPS will rollout a more permanent solution to the overcrowding situation. Hopefully,the permit system will work and nothing more drastic will be announced. All that said, the park has now opened the public scoping process for the “Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan.”
There has been a blast of information put out by the park. If you are concerned about the fate of our favorite hike, I suggest you take this seriously. One of the options to be considered is the removal of the cables. This would make access to the summit via the face the only option. Not good. The “elevator pitch” is that with up to 80,000 people hiking to the top each year, the impact is such that the mandate of the 1984 Wilderness Act to provide “natural conditions” and “solitude” has vaporized. I’ll be discussing all this from the vantage point of my soapbox in the coming days. Your thoughts?
Call to ACTION: #1. Read these documents:
Call to ACTION: #2. Attend the public Open House on all this on Wednesday, May 26, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the East Auditorium near the Visitor Center. Comments will be accepted from then until June 25. I will still be on my cruise so I am depending on many of you to go. It’s a workday so I am asking the park to set up a dial-in or conference / online capability. (Don’t plan on it.)
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com