Don't sign up until you read the entire following information. I will not appreciate wasting both of our time to figure out that you do not have a genuine interest or are not qualified.
Be able to hike 7 miles, 3,000 elevation gain with a backpacking backpack in one day.
Have some backpacking experience (I don't need experts, just people who understand what it means to backpack and have done it at least once)
Be willing to commit to this trip (Friday, August 30 to Monday, September 2) and a hike on August 18 (which I will use to make sure you are indeed in shape).
Be willing to pay a fee of $34 as part of this process, which will go entirely towards permits and dinner afterwards. This fee will be nonrefundable past August 1. I want committed People only!
Be willing to meet me as part of the selection process. I will be posting hikes and will be willing to make some accomodations. I need to make sure that the people involved are compatible as we will be spending 4 days in close proximity.
Be comfortable doing your own thing. Apart from one portion of the trip and camping together, you do not have to follow my schedule (though all are welcome to try). I do not plan on babysitting anyone.
Not be scared of heights. A healthy concern for your safety is great, I just don't want someone to get stuck on the cables.
Be willing to use pit toilets and be without a shower for 3 solid days.
Friday, August 30
Arrive in Yosemite Valley by noon (this means leaving LA by 6 am at the latest). You will need to take this day off work. Make sure that everyone is prepared and hike 5 miles to Little Yosemite Valley.
Saturday, August 31
Get up early (by 6 am) to avoid the crowds. Hike to Half Dome (including the cable part). We need to do this portion together, per the permit obtained.
Afterwards, you can join me for a summit of Clouds Rest. Half Dome is only 7 miles roundtrip. Clouds Rest adds 10 more miles to your day.
Sunday, September 1
I will be leaving early for Merced Lake. You can join me for this 20 mile hike in the Yosemite backcountry, or I can suggest plenty of options.
Monday, September 2
Hike back to our cars and drive home. We will stop for a Late Lunch/ Dinner and I will use fees collected to buy dinner and/or showers for folks.
Weather conditions may change the above plan.
Some further considerations:There will be 6 total in our group. If you want a friend to be considered, they need to join our meetup and contact me themselves. We can coordinate carpools once I determine who will go. I will need at least one other driver besides myself.
I will be using the next 6 weeks to make preliminary selections, along with a small wait list. I will then be asking those selected to meet me on a hike (unless we've already met and talked recently). I will try to make all the necessary determinations as quickly as possible so you can make other plans if necessary.
I will be asking for email addresses, so that we can then exchange some personal information (I don't need bank accounts, just stuff in case of an emergency or for carpool purposes). If you have any problems with any of this, please don't sign up or try to negotiate.