At midnight tonight the window to submit comments to the Half Dome Stewardship Plan closes. The park has given the public 2 months to read and submit comments to the draft Environmental Assessment (EA). The Yosemite Planning Division is collecting comments and will (hopefully) address YOUR concerns. Then the final – long term – process for dealing with the Half Dome trail (the last 2-miles before the cables) and the cables themselves will be published for eternity. They are recommending 300 total people per day.
Here is where to get the EA.
Here is where to comment.
So before you go to bed tonight, submit your comments via email. Regardless of how you feel – from allowing 140 people per day to take the cables down, please participate in the democratic process. Just get involved and don’t leave the fate of Half Dome up to the few. If you have not been keeping up, there is a group that submitted a petition by over 500 people to eliminate permits altogether and to install a third cable. Another complication the park will have to address.
We still have 2 weeks to submit for the Half Dome Lottery. Be sure to think about what dates you want (prioritize) and who will go with you. Don’t print out your permit until you are sure you are going and CANCEL for a refund as soon as you know anyone in your group will not be going. Some of us hard-cores go more than once and we need the 2-day lottery.
I’m fresh back from Arizona. Did a great 4-hour hike around the cactus at Usery Park drove down to Tombstone. Recommended. Now to put the Mr Half Dome uniform back on and return to the underground bunker.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I can see clearly now the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind – it’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshinin’ day.” – Jimmy Cliff
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com