Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
I hope yall read yesterday’s blockbuster news that permits are now required to go up Half Dome on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays plus all US Federal Holidays. With about 1,000 now doing Half Dome each of those days, the competition for the 300 hiker permits will be fierce. I suggest you have alternate plans for Kings Canyon or other adventures lined up if you get zip. Although most visitors are US citizens, we get a nice share of folks from the UK, Germany, Japan and points far away. They will be on the same phone or internet as you. If you have a high speed broadband, you may try the internet route. Dail or click GO at a millisecond past the hour or reckoning. I suggest you have everyone in your party try to get the 4 allowed permits. For $1.50 a shot it’s worth having duplicates. You can give them away. Since the park has stated they cannot be sold or “auctioned” – that legally prevents you from scalping them on EBay or Craig’s list. I am sure creative folks will find a way around this. Will we see the likes of a Stanford-Cal BIG GAME line of people selling you a candy bar for $20 and tossing in a free permit? The cost should have been way higher. Like $20 a pop. The incremental cost is nil compared to what you would spend on the hike and $80 for 4 permits is a high barrier to the scalpers. I suspect people will get 4 permits just in case someone wants to join their party… then not use them … thus WAY less people than the 300 hikers (and 100 backpackers) will be going up. And LOT of disappointed people. Most accommodations in the park can be cancelled within 7 days, but if you have to deal with air tickets etc, you may have a negative experience. In my opinion, the ROOT cause of all this is that humans are breeding like rabbits. 6.8 billion people on the globe…and 300M in the USA. Oil, food and now Half Dome are endangered items! Carpe Diem while you can.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Walking takes longer… than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed.” – Edward Abbey
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com