Guided hikes up Half Dome

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

     Most people like to brave the 16 mile round trip up Half Dome on their own or more likely in a group. I have found that some folks only plan to do this hike once and are very apprehensive about the whole ordeal. They want to go up in a guided fashion. Different strokes for different folks. There are many fine guide services that can arrange all the details. I am working with one of the best – Lasting Adventures, Inc.. They have been taking people all over Yosemite for over 15 years. As a Yosemite-approved guide company they hold all the required permits to lead trips. They employ several top notch outdoors men and women to lead guides through the back country as well as our favorite – up Half Dome. They carry the required First Aid pack, extra water, radio, etc. I often come along and provide color and play-by–play. I know a lot of the history and also talk about the geology we experience.




     We did a trip with 6 women on Sept 11 last year. All did fine and we finished in 14 hours. If you’d like to come on a trip in 2011, see They are a non-profit and offer trips at very competitive rates. I hope to join them on several trips this summer. We meet at the Curry Village buffet the night before the hike then set out at 5:30 am.  We handle all the water treatment and provide encouragement, humor and a safe trip. When you sign up you’ll get a free copy of my Half Dome guide book, “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome.” Lasting Adventures has a great check list (NO tennis shoes) and they encourage trekking poles. We know the trail by heart. No worries – you get to summit and check off one from your “bucket list.” So review the website, pick a date, get a Curry Village tent cabin or campsite and get your permits. We will also be online March 1. Lasting Adventures will limit the size of the group to provide personal attention and a safe guide/hiker ratio.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The ultimate camping trip was the Lewis and Clark expedition.” – Dave Barry

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch –


8 Responses to “Guided hikes up Half Dome”

  1. Mr. Horsetail Fall Says:

    That sign could use a paint job.

  2. andy Says:

    Great shots of the group. Sad to think there is a major push to remove the cables.
    I just don’t understand the mentality of people who want to eliminate things that so many people enjoy.

  3. Maureen Lahiff Says:

    So, do the folks on the Lasting Adventures hikes have to get their own permits, or does the outfitter take care of that?

    Yosemite Conservancy also offers guided hikes. They used to offer both one-day adventures and backpack ones with night before and after at Little Yosemite Valley, but now it looks like the one-day version is gone. They may take care of permits, I don’t know. YC wants $190 for 3 day adventure, with discount for donors.

    My own advice is the trade-off for the one-day effort vs. backpack lugging comes out in favor of the one-day for most folks!

    • mrhalfdome Says:

      There is no short cut way for anyone to get permits…YC needs to get them on March 1 also. Lasting Adventures AND the participant will all try to get permits. $150 is way cheaper
      than other outfitters for the one-day HD hike. 2 days is a pain IMO. Get it over in one! Step 1 is to contact lasting Adventures to get on a trip before they fill up.

  4. andy Says:

    I thought that a Half Dome permit came with certain wilderness permits?

    • mrhalfdome Says:

      If you want to go up the Half Dome cables and you are getting a Wilderness Permit to camp in the back country, you have to specify that you intend to go up the cables. 100 permits are reserved for those folks. So if you are fong a Little Yosemite Valley 2-day trip, youmaybe able to short cut the mob scene on March 1. One item that I caught is that what happens if more than 100 specify that on their Wilderness Permit? And how do they know you are really spending that night? That’s been back-burnered by the park unitil an issue arises. Hmmmm

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