Deadly accident on Half Dome - What happened?

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Matt

Trad climber
primordial soup
Sep 22, 2011 - 12:03am PT
trade route or not, plenty of loose rock on HD, and if someone asked me where to watch out on that route, i'd have said between the 1/3 and 1/2 points, but of course the passing seasons change things too...


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sorry to hear about your friend
condolences all around

never take a day (or a friend) for granted
Dirka

Trad climber
SF
Sep 22, 2011 - 01:17am PT
R.I.P.
Tyrolean21

climber
Axams, Austria
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 22, 2011 - 03:16am PT
Thank you all for your condolences!

I found this Comment at Tom's ElCap Report 9/19/11, postet by an anonymous user:

Sadly I witnessed this from the summit on that Monday morning. I was leaning over the NW visor getting some footage of the valley with my camera when I immediately heard some echoing from falling rocks just below. From what I saw was a rather large boulder, followed by a few other objects--not sure what it was at the time because rock falls are fairly common--but sad to know now that it was a body.

Fortunately there was an off-duty ranger named Kid who had a radio to call in and confirm the incident. A helicopter arrived about an hour after the accident occurred. I had to fill out a witness report with the Ranger. Sad day for Yosemite. Weather was too perfect. Wish the best to his friends and family.
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Sep 22, 2011 - 03:18am PT
gravity sucks
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Sep 22, 2011 - 03:36am PT
Doesn't seem clear at this point whether the block coming off was the cause ... of his fall.
I have some swampland in Florida I'd like to sell you.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Sep 22, 2011 - 05:03am PT
We recently came within a breath of losing Karl B. to a similar incident - it can happen even if you're being careful - condolences to everyone involved...
steveA

Trad climber
bedford,massachusetts
Sep 22, 2011 - 08:13am PT
My son is heading up that route in a week. I hope he is EXTRA careful.

A few years ago, a party trundled a 300 pound rock down on us, from high up on the NWF. We were very lucky that we were under a slight overhang which saved us. That route is getting loose!

So sorry to hear this news.
YoungGun

Trad climber
North
Sep 22, 2011 - 09:06am PT
@BIOTCH: just mean that it's not clear why the block came off. could take a fall on a piece of gear that dislodges rock, or could pull on it and have it come loose, etc. this as separate from the block cutting the rope.
Josh Higgins

Trad climber
San Diego
Sep 22, 2011 - 09:51am PT
A friend of mine was climbing the chimney on Half Dome some years ago. He set a cam on one side of a flake and threw a hand jam on the other. Luckily, he chose the "right" side, since the huge flake shifted and demolished the cam. Could have been his hand!

Be careful out there...

Josh
Barple

Boulder climber
San Francisco
Sep 22, 2011 - 11:54am PT
I'm very sorry to hear this. I was at the top of Half Dome doing timelapses when I heard the thundering sound of the rock fall. My heart goes out to the family :(

@Tyrolean21 I'm sorry to hear about your friend. That comment you quoted was from my friend that I was shooting with that day.
anilk

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Sep 22, 2011 - 11:56am PT
Sad news indeed. Condolences and peace to the families.
cultureshock

Trad climber
Mountain View
Sep 22, 2011 - 01:51pm PT
The NW face is often low angle with many ledges. I thought there was an above average amount of loose rock for a "trade route".

Be careful up there!

 Luke
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Sep 22, 2011 - 02:21pm PT
Wow, so sad!
My sincere condolences to family and friends.
RIP
mbergreen

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 27, 2011 - 01:28pm PT
I was headed up the last fixed line on the slabs when we saw the first party coming down. We knew something was wrong when the helicopter had come by earlier making close passes to the wall. They dropped 4 yosar members on the shoulder of half dome, they hiked down to the base and cleaned things up. We watched as several parties hiked down past us. Seems that everyone decided to bail after the accident, we came to the same conclusion. We watched them helicopter the body out and then we hiked down right behind yosar. Strangely, yosar was chatting about their favorite approach shoes and what climbs they liked in yosemite while they hiked out with the guys partner. Obviously the guy was upset after having just watched his climbing partner fall to the ground. I know yosar deals with things like this regularly but I wish they would have been a little more respectful and somber.
eagle

Trad climber
new paltz, ny
Sep 27, 2011 - 08:13pm PT
climbing is dangerous
yosemitemtb

Social climber
Mariposa
Sep 27, 2011 - 10:13pm PT
climbing is dangerous, rescuers are heroes and approach shoes are important.
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Sep 27, 2011 - 10:55pm PT
Way to minimize what these people have gone through.
Fluoride

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
Sep 27, 2011 - 10:59pm PT
Sad to hear.

Condolences to friends and family.

A very random, tragic accident.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Sep 27, 2011 - 11:01pm PT

Condolences to the family and friends of the climber.
Sad.
John Moosie

climber
Beautiful California
Sep 27, 2011 - 11:18pm PT
Strangely, yosar was chatting about their favorite approach shoes and what climbs they liked in yosemite while they hiked out with the guys partner. Obviously the guy was upset after having just watched his climbing partner fall to the ground. I know yosar deals with things like this regularly but I wish they would have been a little more respectful and somber.

They had to walk the guy out 8 miles. Sometimes it is best to keep the conversation lite so the person doesn't break down. Some people need their mind taken off things so that they can cope, and wait for a better time to deal with their pain. It is a judgment call.
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