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Half Dome

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Best Summer Backpacking Trips In America

While it’s important to understand how to be prepared and stay safe during a backpacking trip, even if it’s only for the day, there’s a wealth of natural beauty to explore throughout the country. The following are just five of the best summer backpacking trips in America.

04/22/2014

Yosemite National Park Remains Open As Rim Fire Continues In Burn On Park's Western Edge

Yosemite Kicks Off Lottery For Half Dome Hikers

Park rangers say hikers can now apply for permits to ascend the summit of Yosemite National Park’s iconic Half Dome.

03/02/2014

Yosemite Valley (Photo Credit: Randy Yagi)

Top Natural Wonders In The USA

America is blessed with an abundance of natural wonders, from pristine lakes and mighty rivers to natural sandstone arches and snow-capped mountains.

10/15/2013

Visitors ascend the Half Dome cables in Yosemite National Park, California, during a busy summer day. (National Parks Service)

Yosemite’s Half Dome Opens For Summer Hiking Season

A summer rite of passage is underway at Yosemite National Park, where the handrails on Half Dome are in place and hikers began scaling the granite monolith Friday morning.

05/24/2013

Half Dome seen from the road to Glacier Point in Yosemite. (David McNew /Newsmakers)

Yosemite To Keep Half Dome Cables, Continue Permit Limits

Climbing Yosemite’s Half Dome is one of the national park system’s most iconic hikes in the nationwide system, but on Friday officials announced approval of a plan that permanently limits how many can do it.

01/04/2013

Yosemite National Park

Half Dome Cables Up At Yosemite, Permits Still Available By Lottery

Cables went up on the path to Half Dome at Yosemite National Park on Friday, park officials said. Permits to hike the summit are still available by lottery.

05/25/2012

Half Dome

Yosemite Plan Would Mean Fewer Hikers On Half Dome

The number of hikers allowed to scale Yosemite’s iconic Half Dome could be severely restricted by 2013 if an environmental assessment of the wilderness area is approved.

01/29/2012

Half Dome

Yosemite May Reduce Hiking Permits To Half Dome

Yosemite National Park officials say lowering the number of permits to Half Dome is the best option for maintaining the wilderness character at the popular hiking spot.

01/24/2012

(CBS)

Good Question: What Happened To The Paraplegic Who Scaled Half Dome?

20 years ago, a paraplegic Yosemite National Park ranger and his climbing partner successfully scaled the 4,000 foot face of Half Dome.

09/16/2011

Half Dome seen from the road to Glacier Point in Yosemite. (David McNew /Newsmakers)

Man Dies In Fall Down Face Of Yosemite’s Half Dome

A Los Gatos man died at Yosemite National Park on Monday when he fell from the face of Half Dome, the National Park Service said Wednesday.

CBS San Francisco–08/24/2011

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