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  1. Ravi Nagarajan
    Ravi Nagarajan September 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Ray, what do you think about hiking to Little Yosemite Valley (entering on a Happy Isles>>Little Yosemite permit), setting up camp there, and then making a round trip to Half Dome? That way, the tent is set up and food and other items could be put into the bear boxes (or food could just left out in the bear canister). This may be trading trust in people not to mess with the gear for the possibility that bears may do so if the pack is stashed/hidden near the JMT/Half Dome junction. I’m not sure which risk is greater. One thing I know having done Half Dome before is there is no way I’m willing to wear the pack on the cables!

    I very much enjoyed your e-book and I’m planning a thru hike for 2013, almost exactly one year from now.

    1. Ray
      Ray September 8, 2012 at 7:18 am

      I think that makes a lot of sense, Ravi. You still run the risk of a rampaging ursine in LYV campground, but at least there is a place to store all scented items. Another reason this makes sense (if you have the time) is this: you could actually get a later start on day 1, camp at LYV that night, knock off Half Dome before the crowds arrive, and then pack up and move on down the trail a few miles before camping day 2.

    2. Kwunchanok
      Kwunchanok November 30, 2012 at 12:14 am

      Wow..I went on this hike, IT WAS GREAT. I had so much fun and would love to do it again. I think every one that went learned something new, and learned how to appreciate nature in all ways.

  2. Tom Dowser
    Tom Dowser September 8, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Thanks again for the blog. I just finished my JMT through hike on 8/18/12. We got a pass-through permit from the valley and while doing so, the ranger asked if we planned to do Half-Dome. She didn’t automatically add it to the permit, so I would make sure to let them know that you plan to do Half-Dome and to add it to the permit as you said.

    1. Ray
      Ray September 8, 2012 at 7:13 am

      Great point, Tom. They have a lot going on there at the Wilderness Center; it’s always good to ensure you have exactly what you need while you have their attention.

  3. Richard
    Richard June 1, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Ray, A friend and I plan to do eight through hike and start at happy Isles. What do you think about doing half dome during our acclimatization the first few days while we’re staying at a nearby in? Also where would you A friend and I plan to do eight through hike and start at happy Isles. What do you think about doing half dumb during our acclimatization the first few days while we’re staying at a nearby inn? Also where would stay to acclimatization and be near this?

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