Deadly accident on Half Dome - What happened?


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Axams, Austria
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 21, 2011 - 02:50am PT
Does anybody know more about the horrible accident on the NW-face two days ago? Any YOSAR-Reports available? In which pitch did it happen?

The climbing comunity here in Tyrol/Austria is shocked - Markus was an excellent and very experienced climber (UIAGM Mountain Guide) and most of all a really, really nice guy!

I hope the other guys of the climbing team (some of them are probably still up on el cap and do not even know about their friend) have a save trip home!


Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Sep 21, 2011 - 02:57am PT
Hey Ty, sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.

Tom posted a little bit of information in his El Cap Report, located here:

Looks like a block came loose and chopped the rope.

My condolences to his family and friends.

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Sep 21, 2011 - 02:59am PT
Very very sorry to hear of this.
Sincere condolences to all his family.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Sep 21, 2011 - 03:13am PT
Looks like a block came loose and chopped the rope

Ouch, that's pretty much what happened to me only I had 1/3rd of the rope left to hold me. There by the grace...




Social climber
Sep 21, 2011 - 05:40am PT
hey there say, tyrolean21... say, i am so very sorry for the loss of your dear friend...

my concolences and on-going prayers for you, and his family and friends, as to have to face the future without him, :(


Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Sep 21, 2011 - 08:54am PT
Sept. 19,2011

"In other news: Sad day here …An Austrian climber fell to his death this morning, from the vicinity of the 7th pitch, on Half Dome. When he pulled off a block that cut his rope a foot or so from his tie in knot. YOSAR was soon on the scene and were able to recover the individual. His partner self rescued and was at the base when YOSAR team members arrived. Condolesences to friends and family."

So sorry! Condolences to friends and family.
Brian Biega

Truckee, CA
Sep 21, 2011 - 09:09am PT
Condolences to all his friends and family.

Regards, Brian

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
Sep 21, 2011 - 09:33am PT
Very sad, and scary.

Condolences to the friends and family of Markus.

Trad climber
Sep 21, 2011 - 09:44am PT
Tragic accident. Very sorry for the loss of your friend.

Would be interesting to have more details. Doesn't seem clear at this point whether the block coming off was the cause or just a consequence of his fall.

Trad climber
Sep 21, 2011 - 12:18pm PT
So sad.

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Sep 21, 2011 - 01:13pm PT
It does not matter where you are from. We are all sad for you.

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Sep 21, 2011 - 01:31pm PT
Very sad news, best wishes to his family and friends...

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Sep 21, 2011 - 02:16pm PT
oh no... i am so sorry for your loss. i was up there a couple months ago, was amazed at how much loose rock there is. be safe everybody.

Trad climber
Sep 21, 2011 - 02:17pm PT
markus? was he an innsbrucker?
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Sep 21, 2011 - 02:17pm PT
So sorry to hear about this.

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Sep 21, 2011 - 02:23pm PT
Very sad news. Condolences to family and friends.


Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Sep 21, 2011 - 03:27pm PT
This is terribly sad news. I'm so sorry for the suffering of his friends and family.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Sep 21, 2011 - 04:34pm PT
That he was a fellow guide only underscores how easy it is to become complacent on a well traveled route. Be careful people! Don't just yard on stuff because you see chalk. Check it out!

my sincere condolences.

Sep 21, 2011 - 09:46pm PT
This shocks me. On such a trade route? Tragic indeed! Be careful out there.

Social climber
So Cal
Sep 21, 2011 - 10:13pm PT
Last Saturday We did Jensen's Jaunt at Tahquitz. A well traveled 5.6. I passed a 50lb or so boulder just sitting there on a ledge with no drama. It's been there as long as I can remember and I've been climbing there for over 40 years.

The leader of a party behind us grabbed it, ended up cradling it and not being able to let go without trundling it.

The outcome was comic, but only circumstance prevented it from turning tragic.

Be careful out there.

Travel lightly!

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