Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Folks, I dug around some more today and have new info to share. I’ve been in touch with the Project Mgr for the Half Dome Cables Permit program at Yosemite. I relayed your and my concerns with the way it rolled out. What I found out will be incorporated into the recreation.gov site and the cables FAQs. HD is my passion and I want people to enjoy it as I do. The park has many issues for the new incoming Superintendent and the jammed cables is one that needed emergency fixing. When the cables are clogged it makes evacuation really challenging when bad weather creeps in or craft from the planet Zardoz land.
The confirmation notice you get in email is your permit. Hikers should print a copy of the
confirmation notice for each member of their group. For example, if a person obtained a 3 -ticket permit, then they should print out 3 copies of their confirmation notice. Each copy of that confirmation notice acts as a separate permit. It is up to the original purchaser to assure that only the proper number of copies are made and handed out. Rangers enforcing permit use compliance will have a list of the names and confirmation numbers of each person who received a permit on the recreation.gov website – along with how many permits they purchased. The rangers will confirm that these match up as they contact people along the trail. It will make it easier for everyone if each hiker has their own copy of the confirmation notice. If Joe Smith purchases 3 permits and the rangers encounter 4 different people with copies of Joe Smith’s permit (identified by name and confirmation number) then the ranger can turn that 4th person around and prohibit them from ascending the cables. So if you want to give one of your copies to a total stranger, they will be able to go up. There is NO bar code involved, just the hard copies. The rangers will have the means to verify and police the system (top secret). There will be additional rangers in the Half Dome area to assist with safety issues and permit compliance this summer.
Recreation.gov will be amending their web site and the confirmation notice to include these instructions. If you have already obtained a permit, they are considering sending out an email
to clarify all this. But he above is gospel.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Then it seems to me the Sierra should be called, not the Nevada, or Snowy Range, but the Range of Light.” – John Muir 1890
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com