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Re: Yosemite National Park to Increase Half Dome Permit Fees

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Yosemite National Park to Increase Half Dome Permit Fees
May 12, 2017 07:07AM
Didn't see this topic posted so here it is. Half Dome permits going to $10 application fee and $10 permit fee.

https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hdincrease.htm

-Chris
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May 13, 2017 12:32AM
Half Dome permit fee increases to take effect summer 2017

Yosemite National Park will increase the permit fees for ascending Half Dome to a $10 application fee and a $10 permit fee. These fee increases will take effect when weather and snow conditions allow the Half Dome cables to be installed, at the end of May or early June 2017.

These fee increases are necessary to meet increased contractor costs. Currently, the application fee is $4.50 online and $6.50 by phone. The permit fees are currently $8.

The Half Dome cables are currently down, but are scheduled to be installed at the end of May. Due to heavy snow pack and weather conditions, cable installation may be delayed. The new Half Dome permit fees of a $10 application fee and a $10 permit fee will be charged beginning with the 2017 daily lotteries that will open once the cables are installed for the 2017 summer season. If cable installation is delayed, permit fees will be refunded to those who purchased permits through the preseason lottery.

Day use permits are required to ascend the Half Dome cables 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These permits are only available online through the daily lottery operated by recreation.gov. To apply for a daily lottery permit, applications are accepted from 12:01 am to 1:00 pm two days in advance of the intended hiking date.

Day use permits cannot be obtained in person through any office in Yosemite National Park. Permit applicants must use their legal name when applying for a permit and a matching government-issued ID is required at the permit check point.

Overnight use permits are available through the Yosemite National Park Wilderness Center. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildpermits.htm.
Re: Yosemite National Park to Increase Half Dome Permit Fees
May 13, 2017 04:35AM
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These fee increases are necessary to meet increased contractor costs. Currently, the application fee is $4.50 online and $6.50 by phone. The permit fees are currently $8.
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Does that mean Aramark needs more $$ to administer the permit system ? What other contract costs would there be ? Extra pay for the ranger who checks the permits ?
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May 13, 2017 01:03PM
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The Other Tom
Does that mean Aramark needs more $$ to administer the permit system ? What other contract costs would there be ? Extra pay for the ranger who checks the permits ?

It isn't Aramark. They don't run the site.
Re: Yosemite National Park to Increase Half Dome Permit Fees
May 13, 2017 06:59AM
This is not part of Aramark. Wilderness Permit payments are managed through the NPS.



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Re: Yosemite National Park to Increase Half Dome Permit Fees
May 13, 2017 05:55PM
OK, so who are the contractors they are referring to ?
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May 13, 2017 07:05PM
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The Other Tom
OK, so who are the contractors they are referring to ?

ReserveAmerica, Inc.,
Re: Yosemite National Park to Increase Half Dome Permit Fees
May 14, 2017 08:34PM
Eh, you hike through the night, avoid the heat beating on your back, see sunrise on top of half dome, and then descend. If you do see the rangers, it'll be about an hour or two after you get off the cables. Rangers probably start hiking up there early, but they definitely don't hike through the night.

The purpose of the permits is to decrease the traffic and bottlenecks on the cables. Additionally, to lower the human footprint. At 5 am, there are only a handful of people up there, are not performing risky and childish stunts, and all are mindful of their trash and don't leave things behind.

So in other words, there are always other avenues on getting to the top.
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