May 2018: Hiker Falls to Death off Half Dome Cables

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 03 June 2018



Hiker Falls to Death off Half Dome Cables

Yosemite hiker falls to his death from Half Dome cables, national park says,
Fresno Bee, May 24, 2018.


Hiker Falls from Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park,
Yosemite National Park, May 22, 2018.


Mountain Safety Note

Thunderstorm Dangers

I've heard rumors that this unfortunate climber got caught out under a thunderstorm who's showers slicked the highly burnished rock marking the trail along the cables to the summit.

Granite can be reallly slick when wet, while wet burnished granite offers virtually no traction at all. Though a thunderstorm's most common threat is from its lightening, getting caught-out on slick rock doubles our potential troubles.


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mountain, safety, Yosemite, Half Dome, accident, kills, 1 backpacker


Originally Published
2018-06-03 00:19:06 -0700

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