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  1. Ryan B
    Ryan B August 16, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Nice to see the proper facility names in Yosemite; we were there last weekend and it was so sad to see the “new” names on all the signage. A minor add-on to #5 (for those of us who still have day jobs 😉 ) is to request vacation dates (or rough windows until a permit is acquired) from work.

  2. Karen Jensen
    Karen Jensen August 16, 2016 at 6:33 am

    What do you do if you can’t get the day you want, but you have already booked your pre-trail nights in Yosemite? I would assume you would forfeit any deposits, and then try to re-book, but if lodging fills up a year ahead, and you can’t go for your permit until 6 months ahead, it seems almost impossible to make them match. Are there options outside of Yosemite that make sense?

    I was wondering too, about no. 4. The people that go out to Independence or other location to stay in some type of lodging; how do they book it to match the day they will happen to arrive? It seems to me that most people wouldn’t necessarily stick with their daily itinerary, so it would be hard to estimate when they will arrive at a specific spot. Ditto for the mule-packing resupply option.

    We are hoping for 2018; much depends on my immune system in the meantime! But planning nonetheless, because I’m not going to give up! Thanks for your blog.

  3. Lee
    Lee August 16, 2016 at 7:07 am

    See you on the trail sometime! We finished a SOBO trip last year (September which was absolutely grand) and are planning NOBO for Aug/Sep 2017!

  4. Mike
    Mike August 16, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Any info yet about a new computer based reservation system for hiking permits? Not sure if that will help in the permit process or make it more difficulty to acquire the permit for one’ target start date.

  5. Dave
    Dave August 16, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Best of luck, Ray! Any word on whether Muir Trail Ranch will still be open by the time you get there? How many miles are you planning per day on your 2017 trip?

  6. Sandy
    Sandy August 16, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Being new to the group and also planning now for thru-hike starting Aug 28/29 of 2017 I so appreciate all the information shared in this group. Ray – thanks so much for sharing, I have come to know your posts and contributions answer questions I didn’t even know to ask. Thanks!

  7. Scott
    Scott August 16, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Another option I discovered recently for transport and lodging options, Amtrak in Merced connects with the YARTS bus at the train station. The bus stops at darn near every major lodging facility coming into the park on Highway 140, and the bus terminates at Curry Village. { I can’t find Half Dome Village 😉 }

    The lodging is cheaper and easier to get along 140 outside the park, as your launch date arrives for your hike. In the morning when you are ready to go, just take the same YARTS bus to Curry Village and you are ready to start at Happy Isles.

  8. Hikerpat
    Hikerpat August 17, 2016 at 1:19 am

    My husband and I are planning a JMT hike next year, too. This hike has been a dream since our previous visit to Yosemite National Park. If the reservation system remains the same, we are hoping to obtain one of the walk up permits if we cannot get one by faxing ahead. I am wondering if you have heard whether we could expect to be successful? ( I understand we would need to line up during the night outside the Tuolumne office.)

  9. Olle
    Olle August 20, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Hi Ray,

    Looking forward to the new edition of your book.

    A question about reservations, if i send a request for the following
    1. Happy Island -> Little Yosemite Valley
    2. Happy Island -> Sunrise/Merced
    3. Glacier Point -> Little Yosemite Valley
    for start date the 1 aug and I get my 3:rd option Glacier to LYV.
    Is it permitted to send the same request for start date 2 aug and hope for my first option and then cancel the one for 1 aug ?
    I have been looking for some answers to the but not found and answers.

    BR
    /olle

  10. lyndsey
    lyndsey August 20, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Hi! Great info and great book! Thanks for helping make this trip attainable for us newbies!!

    I have a question about planning a zero day/resupply at Deer Meadow. I haven’t found a lot of info about that area and how to resupply there. Do you have any more specific info?

    Thanks!!

  11. Mike
    Mike October 26, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Hi Ray, Am planning ahead. 🙂

    NPS has a nifty web site spelling out the 168 days one has in advance to send in a permit request. https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildpermitdates.htm

    Question is: You mention the importance of sending in the fax 5 PM PST the day before (right after the NPS office closes) so your application is on hand early on the morning of the first eligibility date. So, looking at the NPS web site, if I want to start hiking on July 22, NPS site says the first eligible day to fax in the request for a permit is Feb 3rd. You would recommend actually sending in the fax at 5 PM on Feb 2nd. Am I correct in my setting of these dates? (I want to be sure. Would hate to miss getting a permit for faxing the request in a day late or a day too early!)

    Mike

  12. Cathy
    Cathy March 26, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Hi Ray, love the book! We got a permit (Happy Isles pass thru ) leaving July 23,2017. In this extraordinary snow year should I be concerned about the passes? Ice axe and microspikes?

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