Another Yosemite Death at Half Dome

Yosemite National Park - Death at Half Dome

Another tragedy at Yosemite on Half Dome Hike

In less than two weeks, there has been another tragedy at Yosemite National Park.  Eleven days ago saw the death of three people as they were swept over the Vernal Fall on the Merced river.

Yesterday, a woman fell to her death while descending the cables section of the half dome hike.  The 14 to 16 mile total hike culminates at the half-dome with a vertigo inducing 400 foot climb to the top of the granite outcropping.  The park service has provided cables to assist in the climb, but discourages any ascents when the ground is wet.  Here is the official statement from the National Park Service:

“At approximately 12:00 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2011, Yosemite National Park’s Emergency Communication Center received a 911 phone call reporting a fall of a hiker on the Half Dome cables. Hayley LaFlamme, a 26 year old female from San Ramon, California, had gone to the top of Half Dome and was descending when she fell 600 feet off the cables. National Park Rangers pronounced her deceased upon arrival on scene.”

The park service has also stated that there was a rain storm earlier in the day that made the climbing more dangerous and slick.

There were three other deaths on Half Dome in 2007.  Wet granite was attributed to one of these.  The other two deaths were during a time period when the cables had been removed from Half Dome.

Source: The National Park Service



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