One of the US's iconic hiking spots, Yosemite National Park's striking yet comparatively crowded Half Dome, is fast becoming a hot news item, with newfound restrictions causing controversy amongst those who say the restrictions will ruin the experience, as well as other groups who say that they don't go anything like far enough. A new report has opened the classic hike - considered all but unclimbable to non-professionals only a few decades ago - up to a range of options to restrict the number of hikers climbing in this part of Yosemite, which recently peaked at a daily visitor count of 1,200 plus. The site was once an isolated spot reserved for serious hikers, but a growing reputation and aids to the climb have made even the 45 degree final assent accessible to anyone reasonably fit and mobile.
that 45 degree ascent seems likely to be the target of any adjustments, with many more-experienced hikers and locals backing the report's suggestion that the ropes assisting with that final segment be removed, meaning that only those with plenty of technical aptitude can safely scale the peak to the very top (we can’t help seeing a huge potential risk here…). The argument centres around the idea that using the man-made assistance in reaching the peak takes away from the wilderness experience altogether, rendering it too accessible and removing the original appeal. The Californian Park and its regulars are frustrated with the ease of the experience, and the inauthentic feel that they claim it now holds.
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