As I scan the internet for mention of Half Dome. The Santa Cruz Sentinel posted this innocuous story. Take a read and look how the press can give false impressions of the safety of the hike. AARRGGHH
Traci – Yes, people can still hike to the top of Half Dome. The cables come down Oct 14. 2-day advance permits are available. Comment: 1. The photo you show is seven years old, when permits were not required. 1,000 per day on weekends went up the cables. This photo gives a false impression. Only 350 total hikers are allowed to hike now. 2. You say that Half Dome “averages several traumatic deaths per year.” This is patently false. Since they were installed in 1919, only three have died when the cables are up for summer use. Two were weather related. Two women died on independent trips during the “off-season” when the support poles and resting boards are removed.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Sometimes I wonder what I’m a’gonna do. There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues.”
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com