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Half Dome hiker falls & dies, 8/22/2011

Discussion about hiking to the top of Half Dome, planning the trip, and when the Half Dome cables are installed in Spring or removed in Fall.

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Half Dome hiker falls & dies, 8/22/2011

Postby dan » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:24 pm

A man fell down the face of Half Dome Mon. 8/22/2011. He was reported falling by climbers and fell on the "Death Slabs" at the base of the Half Dome face. He climbed up the cables to the top of Half Dome. His name is unknown and he had no ID. It's not known if it's a suicide, although that has happened in the past.

Personally, when I've been at the edge of Half Dome, or El Capitan, Taft Point, or similar spots, I crawl on my belly to peek over the edge. Call me chicken, but accidents are fatal around the edge.

I didn't see news reports until this evening (Tues. night), so I guess it will be in the Wednesday newspapers:
"Man dies in fall from Yosemite's Half Dome" by Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday, August 23, 2011
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... 1KR4T8.DTL

"Man dies in Yosemite plunge", by Matt Weiser, Sacramento Bee, Tuesday, August 23, 2011
http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/23/385698 ... lunge.html

Update: His name is Ryan Leeder, 23-year old man from Los Gatos, California.
"Yosemite officials ID man who fell from Half Dome", AP, Aug. 24, 2011
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