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HALF DOME PERMITS: Releasing No Show Tickets: Read this

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:24 pm
by chicagocwright

Second chance for everyone to get permits.

Very good news.

Updated July 14, 2011
Initial hiker counts for this season indicate that there are numerous no shows among Half Dome permit holders. In an effort to make up for these no shows, the National Park Service (NPS) will manually release additional Half Dome permits each day, at 7 am PDT on the day before the permit date. For instance, at 7 am on Friday, additional permits will become available online (recommended) and through the call center at for use on Saturday. This will continue throughout the summer until further notice.

NPS will initially release an additional 50 Half Dome permits each day and then adjust these numbers, either up or down, throughout the season based upon ongoing hiker counts.These additional permits will have $1.50 processing fee and be limited to purchases of four at a time. Unlike the earlier Half Dome permits, these are non transferable. To counter the illegal resale of Half Dome permits, the group leader, whose name is recorded at the time of transaction, must accompany his or her group on their Half Dome hike. Once the permit transaction is completed, the group leader’s name cannot be changed.

The day-before-release method was chosen to counter both illegal resale of permits and speculative buying by the general public. While purchasing a permit the day before does not allow as much advance notice as many people may wish, it should put permits in the hands of hikers who will use them.

While permits are not available in the park or on a first-come, first-served basis, canceled permits may be available until midnight the evening before the hiking day through If you have a permit that you won't use, please cancel it so others may use it. (You may cancel your permit as late as midnight the evening before the hiking day.)

If you are unable to hike Half Dome for any reason (including weather, cables not available, illness, etc.) on the day you have a permit, we will not be able to provide a permit for a different date.

Re: HALF DOME PERMITS: Releasing No Show Tickets: Read this

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:54 am
by Shihyintsai
Super thanks for sharing the info. I got permit today at 7:01am PDT!!! It perfects my weekend's trip!