Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
March 1, 2010 – The day permits for the Half Dome cables became available. As the comment to my quickee post this morning shows, it was an interesting process. I was up a half hour before the gates opened and logged to my recreation.gov account on 2 PC’s – then entered my dates, # of tickets and waited to hit BOOK as my Timex Ironman digital watch showed 07:00:00. (Pre set via the TIMENOW website.) Bang Bang on both keyboards. Bingo – now to enter the credit card info. So I got the Saturday dates I wanted. As I monitored the action, it looked like Saturdays were available until about 12 minutes after the hour. A comment on the blog from John B. revealed that they musta forgot about Monday May 31 – Memorial Day. He said it bounced as “not a legal entry” at first, then it opened up. Seems like a great day to hike Half Dome. I relayed the word and soon that day filled up.
And now the questions. Has anyone actually seen their permit? There is no instruction as to what to do next. We are all assuming that we will print out a bar coded paper for that date. But when I go to my Account on the site, and click on CURRENT REGISTRATIONS then PERMITS, it is empty. Then I find out it’s located under TOURS, even though it’s a PERMT. (And this govt landed a man on the moon?) Another thing, as Karend found out, it seems if you book a 4 ticket permit, you will get a single 4-person permit – NOT 4 individual permits. So when you book a 4 ticket permit, you must all be at Checkpoint Charlie at Sub Dome at the same time. John B. again reflected correctly that not all of us hike at the same pace. So Mr. Speedee will have to wait for Cousin Slug to arrive. Furthermore, if you have a 4 person (or 3 or 2) you really cannot give away an extra ticket/permit should you end up not needing one since you apparently get a single paper labeled “4 TICKETS.” I guess. Other than saving a whopping $1.50 what’s the incentive to just buying a 1 or 2 ticket permit?
Any other glitches? I email the Yosemite Public Affairs office this morning. I am willing to cut them a lot of slack. They are trying to do good and apparently could not think of everything and did not do an end-to-end rehearsal. The Superintendent replied back that he appreciated all your comments and he would be contacting recreation.gov for fixes. They will add to the FAQ’s. Surely the April 1 day for the July and August permits will be smoother – or not.
In other news – Need a job? Want to be near Yosemite?? Yosemite Association is seeking part-time temporary help in its El Portal office. Admin, computer work, phones, mail, etc. 3-4 days a week, starting ASAP, at least through the end of March at $9-13/hour. Call Carolyn at 209-379-2646.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Klaatu: I’m worried about Gort. I’m afraid of what he might do if anything should happen to me. Helen: Gort? But he’s a robot. Without you, what could he do? Klaatu: There’s no limit to what he could do. He could destroy the earth.” – The movie 1951
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com