Yosemite Half Dome Crowds

January 4, 2013 - 6:32 PM
FILE - In this June 6, 2004 file photo, Thea Roberts, of Oakland, Calif., pulls herself up the cable route on the way to the summit of Half Dome, in Yosemite National Park. A long-awaited plan that officials say will make safer the iconic climb up Half Dome in Yosemite National Park has been approved. The hand-rail cables that some environmental groups argued don’t belong in a wilderness will stay, as will a lottery that will limit the number of hikers to roughly 400 a day. Over the past decade the route has been inundated with up to 1,200 nature lovers, causing traffic jams and a surge in calls for rescue. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)