Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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First off, a word to thanks for those who have downloaded my new FREE Half Dome HIke Guide on EveryTrail. If you missed the announcement, page back to yesterday’s blog. Be sure to get the FREE guide (not trip) not the $1.99 older one. (There’s a bit of confusing terminology.) It plays on iPhone or Android phones. Everytrail is part of the famous Trip Advisor and they have a ton of neat hikes that you can download.
So just HOW do you give away a permit? It could be to your cousin, neighbor or a stranger thru this blog. The park has not given explicit directions until now. A good route is to just contact recreation.gov and cancel it. It will then be placed back in the pool for others to get. Now I am pleased to provide an official process to transfer the permits. This info came from the Wilderness Group.
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1. How do I give or trade a permit? The simplest method is to print a hard copy of the permit and give it to someone. If you are unable to print yourpermit from your confirmation notice, you can call Recreation.gov at 1-888-448-1474 and they will email you an electronic version which is easier to print (or to transfer to someone else if you choose).You can also scan your hard copy and send an electronic file to someone else, or you can fax it.
2. What If you have 4 permits and you will only be using 3 of them (or variations of the same question)? You could print out 4 copies of the permit, keep the 3 for your hiking party, and give the 4th one away. You just have to be able to trust that the person you are giving it to doesn’t make additional copies and try to use those extras. The NPS rangers checking permits on the trail have a list of all permit holders and their number of permits. The rangers check off permits from their list as they are presented. Once a person’s allocated number of permits has been checked off, any additional copies of that permit that show up will not be considered valid.
3. How do I cancel a permit or reduce the number of hikers in my hiking party if all of them aren’t going on the hike? Go to your account at Recreation.gov and access current reservations, choose the specific reservation you want to cancel then click on the See Details box. When the details page for that reservation opens it will give the option to Cancel Reservation or to Update Permit Information. To cancel the entire permit follow the cancel reservations link. To reduce your group size follow the link for update permit information. Change the number of your group size as desired, then hit Confirm Changes at the bottom of the page.
Note: If a person has already printed, or attempted to print their permit, they will not have the option of cancelling their permit – either on line or over the phone. They must then give away the permit (see above).
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “As a nation we are dedicated to keeping physically fit – and parking as close to the stadium as possible.” – Bill Vaughan
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com