Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Well this is a fun week. We hikers and the park learned a lot from the Permit exercise. We can now move on with solving world crisis since I think things have settled down – at least until the next batch of permits goes on the block April 1. I still have some questions but the urgency is passed. There are now a heck of a lot of printed words on Half Dome safety. This is good. Many people think it’s just a “hard hike.” But I find information scattered and can’t remember where I read certain things. I suggest the park create a separate SINGULAR page with ALL the Half Dome info we’ve been flooded with. Like a repository of Socrates – or maybe a site map! The best one I keep going back to is the original Press Release (and links) of January 29 that rocked us. But it is static and not updated with current guidance. Here’s one that I found on the FAQ page– did you read it?
Is there any benefit to canceling a permit if I know I won’t use it?
The Half Dome permit is non-refundable. However, if you cancel a permit far enough in advance, someone else may be able to use it. Once a permit is cancelled, it becomes available again via www.recreation.gov or 877/444-6777.
Really? So hikers w/o permits need to continuously log into Recreation.gov and see if anyone cancelled? I can see Mother Teresa types doing this, but will Andy Average??
In case you are interested in who is driving a lot of this, social scientist and ranger, Bret Meldrum started and is Branch Chief of the Visitor Use and Social Science branch of the Park’s Resources Management and Science Division. To learn more about what they do, watch the video <HERE>. A bonus is the shots of the ’97 flood.
Finally (whew) if you locals can make it to the Pleasanton Library this Saturday, Grant and John Hiskes will tell us about the believed discovery of Yosemite by Captain Walker in 1833, well before the Mariposa Batallion arrived in 1851. 2 pm. FREE
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The freedom I felt was exhilarating and the burning heat and thirst and faintness could not make it less.” –John Muir, 1874
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com