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Man falls to his death off Yosemite's Half Dome
KFSN, ABC Fresno ^ | 8/23/11

Posted on 08/24/2011 6:46:24 AM PDT by socal_parrot

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Yosemite National Park officials are trying to determine why a man fell to his death while climbing Half Dome Monday evening.

Park officials tell Action News, search and rescue crews recovered the body of an unidentified man Tuesday morning at the base of the popular dome.

(Excerpt) Read more at abclocal.go.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: deaths; halfdome; misadventure; yosemite
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Another one. Seventeen deaths in Yosemite this year.
1 posted on 08/24/2011 6:46:28 AM PDT by socal_parrot
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I believe this is the 3rd Half Dome death this year. This is the first year they are controlling everyday access to the cables on Half Dome, requiring a permit. I think this shows limiting the amount of hikers to make it safer hasn’t worked and the only people benefiting from that program are the folks scalping the permits.


2 posted on 08/24/2011 6:50:32 AM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: socal_parrot

I’ve never understood this type of thrill-seeker personality. To each his own, but to me it’s such an artificial way to get a thrill. Same as skydiving. Like I said, to each his own, but I prefer the thrill of activities that also have a substantive, productive purpose. I look at unnecessary risk as a jinx.


3 posted on 08/24/2011 6:51:56 AM PDT by Huck (I don't believe there is just one God--humanity seems like the work of a committee to me.)
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To: socal_parrot
Another one. Seventeen deaths in Yosemite this year.

That's IT!
Time to close Yosemite. Aside from the fiscal savings of staff, maintenance and recovery efforts, if it saves just ONE life......

4 posted on 08/24/2011 6:53:40 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: socal_parrot


5 posted on 08/24/2011 6:55:48 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: socal_parrot

Officials suspect that a mysterious force causing acceleration of 32 feet per second, per second which has been known to affect climbers on the rock face, may have been the cause.


6 posted on 08/24/2011 6:56:26 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: socal_parrot
officials are trying to determine why a man fell to his death

Gravity?

7 posted on 08/24/2011 6:56:46 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: socal_parrot
Yosemite National Park officials are trying to determine why a man fell to his death while climbing Half Dome Monday evening.

Gravity?.....................

8 posted on 08/24/2011 6:58:02 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: ClearCase_guy

gmta!.....................


9 posted on 08/24/2011 6:58:32 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: socal_parrot
News flash! The Obama Administration has announced due to the many accidents caused by gravity… it’s been declared potentially dangerous to Americans. Therefore it must be regulated. Gravity shall be added to sugar, salt, tobacco, trans fats, guns, incandescent light bulbs and most of all liberty… as hazardous to health. It shall be regulated as the “Secretary sees fit”... because our “Great Leader” cares.
10 posted on 08/24/2011 6:58:35 AM PDT by FiddlePig (truth is hard... lies are easy - http://redneckoblogger.blogspot.com)
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To: Huck

There is nothing artificial about it it is all too real


11 posted on 08/24/2011 6:59:07 AM PDT by al baby (Is that old windbag still on the air ?)
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To: socal_parrot

Spock: I have been monitoring your progress.
Kirk: I'm flattered. Twelve hundred points of interest in Yosemite and you picked me.

12 posted on 08/24/2011 7:03:06 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: socal_parrot

“Yosemite National Park officials are trying to determine why a man fell to his death while climbing Half Dome Monday evening.”

Gravity! :>)


13 posted on 08/24/2011 7:04:36 AM PDT by Big_Harry (Ecc10:2 "A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left")
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To: socal_parrot

I have 2 friends from high school who climbed the FACE of Half Dome back in the 1950s. It took 2 days, as I remember, and they slept in rope slings on the face of the dome over night. They are both still alive today.


14 posted on 08/24/2011 7:04:57 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: socal_parrot

Once you start rolling, there's no stopping.

Prayers for the hiker and his family.

15 posted on 08/24/2011 7:06:00 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: al baby

It just seems like creating danger to get a thrill. Real danger is a rush. Manufactured danger seems a little weird to me, but some people live for it. If they have kids, it’s pretty selfish. Necessary risk is one thing. Thrill-seeking is asking for trouble.


16 posted on 08/24/2011 7:06:16 AM PDT by Huck (I don't believe there is just one God--humanity seems like the work of a committee to me.)
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To: socal_parrot
“Mama said stupid is as stupid does.”
17 posted on 08/24/2011 7:07:18 AM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

While gravity was involved, I suspect weakness accompanied by fear precipitated a release. Once the ability to control gravity was lost, descent was inevitable


18 posted on 08/24/2011 7:09:21 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ....Rats carry plague)
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To: Huck

At one point in my misspent youth, my job required jumping out of planes and helicopters, technical climbing, repelling of all sorts of things, playing with explosives and dangerous animals (like other paratroopers...)

I was not thrill seeking. It was my job.

(Well, ok, the bunji jumping off bridges was thrill seeking.)


19 posted on 08/24/2011 7:10:27 AM PDT by patton (I am sure that I have done dumber things in my life, but at the moment, I am unable to recall them.)
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To: socal_parrot

More info here...

http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-02-10/bay-area/17872574_1_half-dome-cables-yosemite-national-park

I’ve pondered getting our Scout troop to make the attempt. I’ve seen pics of other Scouts making the ascent with harnesses on. Seems like that’s the only way I’d attempt it.


20 posted on 08/24/2011 7:10:56 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: Huck

“I prefer the thrill of activities that also have a substantive, productive purpose.”

I’m not sure where you draw the boundaries. Most recreational activities—hiking in the Swiss Alps, water skiing, climbing, skydiving—don’t have a “substantive, productive purpose.” People do these things because they are enjoyable; but each poses at least some degree of risk to the individual. Some people are willing to take more risks than others.

I went tandem sky-diving with an instructor who’d done over 7,000 previous jumps. It was quite a thrill, but in the context of his experience, I didn’t view it as particularly risky. That said, neither would I defend it as having a “productive” purpose. The purpose was to have fun, and I don’t regard that as an illegitimate reason to undertake an activity.


21 posted on 08/24/2011 7:11:49 AM PDT by DrC
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To: ElkGroveDan

Well that sudden removal of 32 feet/second/second at the bottom is the real culpret! :-)

Pesky impulse responces!


22 posted on 08/24/2011 7:12:18 AM PDT by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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To: socal_parrot
"FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Yosemite National Park officials are trying to determine why a man fell to his death while climbing Half Dome Monday evening."

I can help out here.

In a word: GRAVITY!

23 posted on 08/24/2011 7:12:38 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Huck
Life is not risk free.

Everyday you get into the shower or drive could be your last.

24 posted on 08/24/2011 7:14:26 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Mad Dawgg

Obey gravity....it’s the law.


25 posted on 08/24/2011 7:16:19 AM PDT by SMARTY (A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.)
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To: Huck
It's part of human nature for some to go boldly where no man has gone before.

Vision quests and all. There is a spiritual component to it.

26 posted on 08/24/2011 7:16:21 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Or, you could be on your computer in VA and get whacked by an earthquake.


27 posted on 08/24/2011 7:17:18 AM PDT by patton (I am sure that I have done dumber things in my life, but at the moment, I am unable to recall them.)
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To: Paladin2
"Life is not risk free."

In the end life is a game everyone eventually loses.

On the other hand: "I intend to live forever. So far, so good..." ---Stephen Wright

28 posted on 08/24/2011 7:20:27 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: socal_parrot

[trying to determine why a man fell to his death ]

I’m thinking gravity might of had something to do with it. And trying to defy it.


29 posted on 08/24/2011 7:25:11 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: Paladin2

Climbing Half Dome is going where many people have gone before. And yes, life has risk. I just think it helps to have a reason. And yes, part of what we do with life is seek enjoyment. I understand that and I partake. In the end, as you say, it’s a question of where to draw the line.


30 posted on 08/24/2011 7:25:18 AM PDT by Huck (I don't believe there is just one God--humanity seems like the work of a committee to me.)
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To: SZonian

I’ve done it twice without a harness. While the visual of a 3,000 foot drop is a bit daunting, I felt fairly safe. I saw several kids doing it wit their parents, most with harnesses. As long as the rock is dry, you stay between the cables and don’t screw around, I think the risk is minimal.

Most of the deaths in Yosemite this year were due to people taking stupid chances, wading near the top of a waterfall, climbing in the rain, etc.


31 posted on 08/24/2011 7:25:24 AM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I have 2 friends from high school who climbed the FACE of Half Dome back in the 1950s. It took 2 days, as I remember, and they slept in rope slings on the face of the dome over night. They are both still alive today.

Got my doubts there. From Wikipedia:

The first attempt to climb it was made in 1954 by Dick Long, Jim Wilson, and George Mandatory. However, they only managed to climb 175 feet before retreating.

A more serious attempt to find passage up this cliff was made in 1955 by Jerry Gallwas, Don Wilson, Royal Robbins and Warren Harding. After climbing a mere 500 feet over five days, this party, too, retreated.

Gallwas and Robbins, armed with new chrome-molybdenum pitons made by Gallwas, recruited Mike Sherrick and set off on June 24, 1957, determined this time to finish the route. Over a period of five days, they encountered repeated obstacles and, using ingenuity and tenacity, they surmounted all these difficulties.

Five days after they had left the ground, they stood at the summit. Warren Harding had hiked up the backside of Half Dome via the hikers' trail for the occasion. He had been planning, along with Mark Powell and Bill "Dolt" Feuerer, to give the route another attempt, but had been beaten to it by the successful team. Nevertheless, Harding offered the triumphant team a warm congratulations.

As those into climbing know, it was Harding who later first climbed El Capitan's Wall of the Morning Light. It was a big deal. Unless your two high-school buddies were very wealthy, very experienced, and VERY well connected, I have my doubts.
32 posted on 08/24/2011 7:29:39 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: socal_parrot

While searching around the interwebz on this topic, I came across an article/blog about a guy who got tired of waiting for the human traffic jam to clear so he could descend.

He went outside the cables. An hour or so later, a man fell to his death. Didn’t give details about the circumstances, but I suspect that he either went outside the cables or lost his grip while jockeying for position.

I’m not afraid per se, just doing my risk assessment.

Thanks for the insight, it’s always good to get first hand experiences/knowledge.

FRegards,
SZ


33 posted on 08/24/2011 7:32:09 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: Roccus; socal_parrot
That's IT! Time to close Yosemite. Aside from the fiscal savings of staff, maintenance and recovery efforts, if it saves just ONE life......

The feds need to do more than that. They should blast it with explosives and remove the whole mountain.

34 posted on 08/24/2011 7:34:40 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Carry_Okie

I don’t think so because I clearly remember the front page picture in the Fresno Bee. It cause quite a stir in our household, to be sure. I don’t know any of the people listed in your records. The climb could have been as late as the early 60s, but our friend was a fighter pilot in the AF, stationed in Germany, by then. He later served in VN and Thailand.


35 posted on 08/24/2011 7:43:08 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: socal_parrot
Seventeen deaths in Yosemite this year

Now I the real reason you aren't going to Yosemite with us this year. You're working on getting 100% of the inheritance!!!
36 posted on 08/24/2011 7:46:05 AM PDT by OC_Steve
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To: Freeport
Deceleration trauma will do it every time!
37 posted on 08/24/2011 7:46:41 AM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The climb could have been as late as the early 60s, but our friend was a fighter pilot in the AF, stationed in Germany, by then. He later served in VN and Thailand.

"Early '60s" I would buy, as "the bolt trail" was well established by then. Harding especially was famous for all the drilling he did. I promise you: It wasn't just anybody who was allowed to make those first few ascents. The Park Service has little interest in making rescues in a location like that.

38 posted on 08/24/2011 7:48:55 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: SZonian

That’s ridiculous


39 posted on 08/24/2011 7:51:16 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Kirk was climbing El Capitan...


40 posted on 08/24/2011 7:54:49 AM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: nuconvert

Did you notice the folks OUTSIDE of the cables?

THAT is ridiculous as well.


41 posted on 08/24/2011 7:56:29 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: Carry_Okie
"As those into climbing know, it was Harding who later first climbed El Capitan's Wall of the Morning Light. It was a big deal. Unless your two high-school buddies were very wealthy, very experienced, and VERY well connected, I have my doubts.:

I understand your scepticism, although todays modern, lightweight, and high-tech equipment makes the ascent a little bit more accessible to the well-equipped climber.

Notable speed climbs have been acocmplished by climbing teams well within 3 hours and solo climbs of the west face have been accomplsihed in under 4 hours.

42 posted on 08/24/2011 8:00:49 AM PDT by semaj
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To: socal_parrot

so there’s a half dome someplace other than Minneapolis?


43 posted on 08/24/2011 8:01:40 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SZonian
The guys outside the cables a a problem. You're concentrating on your task and all of a sudden, someone coming up/down on the outside puts his hand on yours.

A nice view from the cables...


44 posted on 08/24/2011 8:04:43 AM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: OC_Steve

I don’t know, sounds like a pretty safe trip this year. Just don’t trip getting out of the car at Tuolumne Meadows.


45 posted on 08/24/2011 8:08:58 AM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: socal_parrot

Cool pic, yours from your ascents?

That would make sense. You’re not expecting such and being surprised by somebody could cause big problems.


46 posted on 08/24/2011 8:12:42 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: ElkGroveDan
Officials suspect that a mysterious force causing acceleration of 32 feet per second, per second which has been known to affect climbers on the rock face, may have been the cause.

Well now, the 0bama adminsitration is just going to have to get busy and ban it.

47 posted on 08/24/2011 8:30:08 AM PDT by Noumenon (The only 'NO' a liberal understands is the one that arrives at muzzle velocity.)
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To: semaj
I understand your scepticism, although todays modern, lightweight, and high-tech equipment makes the ascent a little bit more accessible to the well-equipped climber.

Which has nothing whatever to do with the climbing situation in the 1950a, which is what the post was about. I'm well aware of the major improvements in both art and technology since then.

48 posted on 08/24/2011 8:38:59 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: pgyanke

Yeah, I know, but I figured it was close enough...


49 posted on 08/24/2011 8:59:10 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: socal_parrot
To all those who said 'Gravity':


50 posted on 08/24/2011 9:18:20 AM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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