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    Half Don’t

    By Icebeast | June 6, 2011

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    Hello Reader,

    So my Girlfriend and I are planning on taking a trip to Yosemite this fall.  The two of us are rather avid hikers and were planning on hiking Yosemite’s majestic Half Dome. 

    Half Dome
    Half Dome
    We quickly learned that a permit is required in order to hike Half Dome.  This is apparently because too many people were attempting to hike it in any given day.  Their idea was to use permits to limit the number of hikers.  Four months in advance of any month, permits go on sale at the exorbitant price of $1.50.

    So, in order to get our permit, my girlfriend decided to wake up just before 7 am, thus getting the permit right when it came on sale.  7 comes, she logs in, inputs appropriate information, ERROR.  This took approximately 5 minutes.  She tries again, all permits sold.  That’s right,  within 5 minutes, 12,000 avid hikers logged in and booked all the permits for an entire month.  I’m impressed that so many people could plan to go to Yosemite, have the foresight to get their permits, log in at the appropriate time, and coordinate it so that every day of the entire month would be completely sold out.

    Of course, thats complete BS.  A quick Google search revealed people are scalping permits at anywhere between $30-$40, quite the profit.  While I understand why scalping occurs, it is incredibly frustrating that people would scalp such treasures like our national parks.  Maybe I shouldn’t be so naive, but I wish somethings could be sacred, like having a good time in free freaking nature.   Just to be a bit positive, it seems this problem could be solved by selling the tickets on site in a first come first serve manner.  Ya, some people would get screwed by showing up and there being no tickets, but this is a problem of any FCFS system and they all seem to do just fine.

    Anyway, I’m annoyed and frustrated, but Yosemite is so awesome we’ll have plenty to do.  Until this permit system is fixed (and NPS says it’s only temporary), we probably wont be able to hike the awesomeness that is Half Dome.

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