The old days (pre-1010) had lines at the cables like you see in this shot from 2008. Permits have made this a thing of the past. Unless you get behind a group that panics and doesn’t move. Start the hike at 5:30 am and you will be ahead of most.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Freeze Frame – Freeze Frame.” – J. Geils Band
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com