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    New Permit Lottery for Yosemite's Half Dome Accommodates Short-Notice Climbs

    fileThe climbing cables on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park officially go up today. But what if you weren't able to snag a climbing permit reservation back in March? You have new hope: a 2-day-in-advance daily permit lottery system has been added for 2012. Permits have been required to climb Half Dome since 2010 when Yosemite officials, as part of a long-range management plan for the popular and long-studied trail, decided crowds on the cable route (steep, narrow, slippery in places) diminished ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on May 29, 2012 5:44 PM & Tagged Climbing, Half Dome, Yosemite, cables, national parks and permits | permalink | Comments

    Yosemite's Half Dome Cables: Open for Hiking, Open for Comment

    You can now climb the cables on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park -- and, through June 25, you can comment on their future, too. Cables that help hikers climb a steep, 400-foot ascent of Half Dome's north-facing shoulder just went up June 16. It's the first day in the 2010 hiking season that visitors have been able to climb to Half Dome's 8,842-foot summit. Due to a heavy snowpack, cable installation occurred about 1 month later than usual this spring. As mentioned in an REI Blog post last ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on June 16, 2010 7:17 PM & Tagged Half Dome, Yosemite, cables and permits | permalink | Comments

    Cables Go Up on Yosemite's Half Dome June 16

    fileThe date is set: Cables go up on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park on June 16.   The annual installation of cable handrails on Half Dome's northern shoulder, which permit hikers to ascend a steep, 400-foot slope to Half Dome's 8,842-foot summit, has long been viewed as the unofficial signal that the high-country hiking season in the Sierras is underway.   The cables often go up in mid-May, but a substantial winter snowpack has delayed their installation by a month this year. The park reports ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on June 10, 2010 4:44 PM & Tagged Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, cables and permits | permalink | Comments

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