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Permit needed for Half Dome hike

Posted Dec 14 2012 6:58am
Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, an iconic visual representing the American north face clearance West, is famous for many reasons. Many of us grew up seeing Half Dome memorialized in the black-and-white photographs of Ansel Adams. However, for nature lovers and backpackers, Half Dome represents one of the most arduous trails in North America, especially the final 400 feet of cable-assisted climbing to the top. Unfortunately, the number of hikers wanting to scale Half Dome has superseded what the National Park Service deems environmentally sustainable and safe for the public. According to its website, in 2008, nearly 1,200 people a day attempted the summit using the Domes cables. Given a rising number of recent deaths and an issue with crowding along the cables, Yosemite established an interim permit process in 2010, requiring hiking permits for Friday, Saturday and Sunday ascents north face triclimate. This year, permits are required every day for the Half Dome Trail beyond the subdome, with only 400 hikers permitted each day North Face Outlet. The permits are for the entire season when the cables are up, which traditionally runs from Memorial Day to around Columbus Day (May 25 to Oct. 8).  


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