Now that the flurry for permits has passed, if you are still skunked, you may want to consider paying $200 and getting a professionally guided trip up Half Dome. I recommend LastingAdventures.com
Check out these primo dates that they have permits for: (note they are ALL Saturdays).
6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 7/5, 7/12, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11.
What do you get? Two guides who have done the hike multiple times – you won’t get lost. A guide at the back assists slower folks (the group stays together). Wilderness First Aid qualified guides carry a First Aid kit, TP, snacks and water treatment. They know where the water is. And they will share Yosemite history, geology, and ecology along the way.”
They help you reach the cables head-on and scoot right up. They’ll show you the best techniques. They are a non-profit with the lowest rates for hikes.
Everyone who signs up gets a free signed copy of my award worthy book: “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome.”
In full disclosure, I guide Half Dome hikes for them – you might get me!!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…” – John Muir
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com