Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
The park has just announced that permits for going up Half Dome in 2011 will be required EVERY DAY. This is as we guessed since weekdays in 2010 were jammed. “Some bozo wrote a hiking guide to doing it and now it’s the thing to do” – yeah, but hopefully they are doing it safely now. The process will be similar to 2010 with the National Recreation Reservation Service aka recreation.gov distributing the permits online. The fun starts March 1 at 7 am Pacific Time for May and June permits. On April 1 you can get them for July. May 1 for August, June 1 for Sept and Jul 1 for Oct. 400 total permits per day – 300 for hikers and 100 for wilderness permit holders. If you later have to skip your trip, NPS is asking you to “please cancel it so others may use it.” As we get close, I’ll give you tips on how to snag permits before they vanish. Remember that weekend permits were gone in 9 minutes last spring. Only 40,000 were able to do the hike in 2010 – way down from the 50,000 to 80,000 in the last few years.
So how do you plan? Got a Ouija Board? I suggest you book your tent cabin or other accommodations NOW and try for a permit with the rest of the planet this spring. Start to get familiar with the recreation.gov process. You want to be all logged in and ready hit to BUY at 07:00:01 CA time. If you live outside paradise, er, California, set your calendar and alarm accordingly. For more info click <HERE>.
Keep reading the blog. As members of the Half Dome hikers club (complete with secret handshake and decoder ring), I’ll keep you apprised of developments. Let’s just hope that the idea of mandatory via ferrata harnesses does not happen.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Walking gets the feet moving, the blood moving, the mind moving. And movement is life.” – Carrie Latet
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com