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#17733 - 08/23/11 05:49 PM Another soul lost off the top of Half Dome
Ken Offline


Registered: 10/29/09
Posts: 742
Loc: Los Angeles
"YOSEMITE, Calif. -- Yosemite officials said that rangers located a body at the base of Half Dome Tuesday afternoon.

On Monday evening, a couple of climbers preparing to hike Half Dome witnessed someone fall down the mountain, Yosemite officials said.

Rangers flew to the base of Half Dome on Tuesday because it was getting too dark to fly there Monday evening. Rangers hiked up Half Dome and recovered the body at around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The body is of an unidentified white male. Yosemite officials said the man had no identification on him.

Yosemite officials said they are in the process of interviewing people who might have seen the man hiking Half Dome."

Read more: http://www.kcra.com/news/28955784/detail.html#ixzz1VuBDMFWn

As some are saying, Half Dome remains angry.

No one died on the cables on this one.

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#17734 - 08/23/11 06:17 PM Re: Another soul lost off the top of Half Dome [Re: Ken]
quillansculpture Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 564
Loc: Murrieta, CA
Really sad.... thanks for sharing Ken.
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#17735 - 08/23/11 07:16 PM Re: Another soul lost off the top of Half Dome [Re: quillansculpture]
Brent N Offline


Registered: 01/20/11
Posts: 278
Loc: Orange County, CA
LA Times adds, "He was wearing appropriate clothing and gear, a spokesman told the news organization."

Sad.

Brent

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#17736 - 08/23/11 07:21 PM Re: Another soul lost off the top of Half Dome [Re: Ken]
Ken Offline


Registered: 10/29/09
Posts: 742
Loc: Los Angeles
First hand report at the following link, however, I warn people, the description of this is very disturbing,

of a person committing suicide by throwing themself off the top, and someone at the bottom hearing them and seeing them impact.

http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Death-on-the-NW-Face-of-Half-Dome/t11134n.html#comments

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#17740 - 08/23/11 08:12 PM Re: Another soul lost off the top of Half Dome [Re: Ken]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7740
Loc: Fresno, CA
Tough stuff. Thanks for posting the news, Ken.

Condolences to the man's family and friends. May he rest in peace.

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#17756 - 08/24/11 08:56 AM Re: Another soul lost off the top of Half Dome [Re: Steve C]
Brent N Offline


Registered: 01/20/11
Posts: 278
Loc: Orange County, CA
LA Times is reporting that park spokesmen are saying that the fall appears to be accidental: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/08/yosemite-hiker-death-victim-identified.html

I read the eyewitness's horrific accounts. Since they only saw the fall from below, I wonder if they will have anything to add about whether this fall was self-inflicted. It sounds like the suicide theory may have been given to them by the SAR folks. Regardless, what an awful thing to watch. I understand why they gave up their climb.

Brent N

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#17759 - 08/24/11 09:27 AM Re: Another soul lost off the top of Half Dome [Re: Brent N]
Ken Offline


Registered: 10/29/09
Posts: 742
Loc: Los Angeles
Similar report in modesto paper:
http://www.modbee.com/2011/08/23/1827733/man-falls-off-half-dome.html#ixzz1VyFgoRA4

Friend of family posted on Supertopo, doubted suicide theory, thought to be a simple slip.

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