|Above, Yosemite's Half Dome from North Pines Campground. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Are you up for it?
Today is the day that the lottery begins for permits to climb to the top of Yosemite National Park's Half Dome.
Yosemite National Park, CA — Hikers aspiring to ascend Yosemite National Park’s iconic Half Dome this season may, beginning today, apply for the opportunity to do so.
Beginning Friday, park officials say the Half Dome cables will be safely back in place and ready for hikers, although conditions that day may well still be somewhat wintry and icy.
Today marks the first day that applications are being taken for the limited number of daily permits to climb the cables. These are absolutely required, 24/7 under park regulations in the interest of maintaining public safety, due to Half Dome’s mighty draw. Accomplishing what is considered the park’s most challenging day hike to get to — and then up and safely back down those cables — continues to be one of the park’s most sought after experiences for many who are up to it.
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