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Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013

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avatar Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 01, 2013 04:26PM
Due to public outcry the iconic dome will be off limits to all in the upcoming 2013
hiking season. For more information please call the park at 867-5309.



Chick-on is looking at you!
avatar Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 01, 2013 04:45PM
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chick-on

For more information please call the park at 867-5309.

And ask for Jenny. wink
avatar Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 01, 2013 05:11PM
I heard it was because of the weight of all the hikers was causing it to sink.
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April 01, 2013 05:30PM
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Dave

I heard it was because of the weight of all the hikers was causing it to sink.

No, it was because the Park Service was getting tired of finding drunks on top of Half Dome in the morning, hungover from the night before. wink

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Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 01, 2013 05:28PM
Fortunately the Curry Pizza Deck survived the axe and will now replace Half Dome as the iconic symbol of Yosemite.
Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 01, 2013 05:30PM
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chicagocwright
Fortunately the Curry Pizza Deck survived the axe and will now replace Half Dome as the iconic symbol of Yosemite.

I heard they'll be removing the cables from HD and installing them over the tables at the pizza deck so over-indulgers can pull themselves up...
Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 01, 2013 05:39PM
I heard they have to keep people off Half Dome now because they are going to bring back the Fire Falls, but off of Half Dome this time instead of Glacier Point... But volunteers who want to carry wood for the Fire Falls up to the top of Half Dome in the morning will be allowed to make the ascent, on a lottery basis of course.wink



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/01/2013 10:24PM by mtn man.
Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 01, 2013 06:49PM
Chick-on, I do salute you.
avatar Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 01, 2013 06:51PM
The cables will be closed in 2013 for an upgrade. They're going to install a second set of cables to increase capacity, eliminate the traffic jams and dangerous passing on the outside of the cables. Two way cables should eliminate the need for the permit system in 2014.
avatar Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 01, 2013 09:36PM
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Calaveras
The cables will be closed in 2013 for an upgrade. They're going to install a second set of cables to increase capacity, eliminate the traffic jams and dangerous passing on the outside of the cables. Two way cables should eliminate the need for the permit system in 2014.
Cable cars. I like that idea.
avatar Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 01, 2013 06:59PM
I thought they were going to turn half dome into the next mount rushmore by sculpting some presidents in it
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April 01, 2013 09:38PM
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marmot
I thought they were going to turn half dome into the next mount rushmore by sculpting some presidents in it
Oh, hell no! They'd want to put Reagan on it.
avatar Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 02, 2013 02:12PM
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Dave
Oh, hell no! They'd want to put Reagan on it.

NPS would?
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April 02, 2013 04:44PM
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Dave
Oh, hell no! They'd want to put Reagan on it.
NPS would?
No. Some would force the NPS to put him there. Or has the current crop of Republicans disowned him?
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April 02, 2013 06:10PM
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Dave
Or has the current crop of Republicans disowned him?

They still seem to be worshiping him. But I doubt they'd actually like his politics these days.
avatar Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 01, 2013 07:09PM
As long as 80% Dome remains open this should work fine.

Any word on whether the Tioga Road will be converted into a trans-sierra mountain bike trail this summer?
avatar Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 01, 2013 07:14PM
Half Dome is hollow on the inside and occupied. They are not happy with all the scratching sounds.
avatar Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 01, 2013 07:30PM
I tried to call 867-5309, but this is all that I heard.


avatar Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 01, 2013 07:47PM
Sierra Sun Times reporting that Congress passsed a bipartisan bill funding the construction of a pair of escalators (both up and down), to replace the very dangerous and outdated cable system.
Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 01, 2013 08:07PM
Half Dome has to be closed off for re-alignment. It's oriented incorrectly making it un-photogenic.
avatar Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 01, 2013 10:03PM
They are taking down the cables to put in an escalator.
avatar Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 02, 2013 02:13PM
I heard it was for operations to control an infestation of exotic poultry.
avatar Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 02, 2013 03:49PM
I called Jennie and it turns out they decided to construct a large umbrella over the dome instead.
Park says it's so that the parades going up there will not be rained on.

Aint life grand?



Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 07, 2013 10:06AM


If not for the sequester, they were planning on upgrading the cables...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/07/2013 10:07AM by hikerchick395.
avatar Re: Yosemite to close Half Dome in 2013
April 07, 2013 11:16AM
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hikerchick395


If not for the sequester, they were planning on upgrading the cables...

Gee, separate up and down cable routes plus the really easy bypass route that goes all the way around Half Dome at 8,000'.
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