Half Dome Rockfall?


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Trad climber
Jul 5, 2015 - 08:26pm PT
Good shot of the old P11 ledge in this trip report from 2013.


Trad climber
Upland, CA
Jul 5, 2015 - 08:28pm PT
Dr. Stock, paging Dr. Stock. Comments please!
Captain...or Skully

Boise, ID
Jul 5, 2015 - 08:33pm PT
The price of being on a living Earth. Change is the order of the day. I'd say get used to it. Nothing is forever.

Trad climber
Bay area
Jul 5, 2015 - 08:37pm PT
Here's some side-by-side before and after photos.

Zoomed out

Zoomed in
Captain...or Skully

Boise, ID
Jul 5, 2015 - 08:50pm PT
Quite a bit o fresh stone there, eh?
Half Dome is the adventure stone after all.....

Oakland, CA
Jul 5, 2015 - 10:11pm PT
Mother of God.

So all of this material, gone?

Last summer we repeated it, and of the whole route, there was one move that seemed more serious and more difficult than the first time.

It was that jingus step across to gain the sloping rail and the .11 (usually wet) crack left of the squeeze, just off of this ledge. Is it possible that that move was harder because there had been some separation? Hmm.

Scary, wild. Truly f*#king wild, the more you think about it! Someone must have seen or heard this event. Who's got the story? gstock?

Edit: I wanted to climb that keyhole variation. Damn.

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA/Boulder, CO
Jul 5, 2015 - 10:29pm PT
Probably due to some tourons trundling rocks off the top:-)

Ice climber
Jul 5, 2015 - 10:31pm PT
Must have cut loose amongst all the recent thunderstorms at night or there would be a witness....check the base.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
Jul 6, 2015 - 06:58am PT
WWRRD? Sell bracelets to fund a long bolt ladder to the pendulum connector.

Mountain climber
Berkeley, CA
Jul 6, 2015 - 07:25am PT
Well now I have to go back to North Dome and take new photos! A 'before and after' from the same perspective.

For those who want to pan around that area close up, check this out and turn off the layers (upper right) if they are distracting.


Here is an annotated bit:
Bad Climber

Jul 6, 2015 - 07:25am PT
Uh, I bivied on that ledge! Yikes, yikes, and double yikes. As my buddy Pete, bro of Klaus, says: Impermanence is a MOFO.

Play safe, kids.

Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Jul 6, 2015 - 07:31am PT
Holy cow!!! Triple yikes!

Jul 6, 2015 - 08:11am PT
Thats how bedouins have sex

F*#king intense

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Jul 6, 2015 - 08:27am PT
I blame Le_Bruce, pictured here in the very act.

His thrutching and thrashing and poor form probably weakened the flake.

Trad climber
Cathedral city, ca
Jul 6, 2015 - 09:13am PT
Destroy all.

Trad climber
Jul 6, 2015 - 09:22am PT
I blame Le_Bruce, pictured here in the very act.

Burn him before he pulls off boot flake!

Trad climber
Jul 6, 2015 - 09:24am PT
The park cervix should have chained the flake to the wall like the rocker block on Moonlight. Looks like there are plenty more flakes that need to be chained and pronto.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jul 6, 2015 - 09:26am PT
Can the date be narrowed down by ST folks who climbed the route in the last month? How could this possibly have happened without people noticing?

EDIT: I guess bad weather would have ensured no climbers on the route and night + storm could have made it not very obvious.

Trad climber
Yosemite, CA
Jul 6, 2015 - 10:22am PT
Hey folks,

The Yosemite climbing management along with the park geologist are actively investigating the recent rockfall event on pitch 11 (it's disappearance) of the Regular Northwest Face on Half Dome. We will be evaluating it this afternoon from the ground and will be up at the base and on the route tomorrow to get a closer look.

We know that getting over to the anchors at the end of the Robbins Traverse is unlikely due to the routes current state. We recommend holding off on climbing the route until we have more information. As we gather more details we will keep the community updated here and on the Yosemite Climbing Information website.


If you have information about the event or questions, you can reach our office at 209-372-0360 or contact us from the website.

Thanks and be safe,

Brandon Latham
Climbing Ranger
Yosemite National Park

Trad climber
Jul 6, 2015 - 10:26am PT
Thanks for the update Brandon. Keep us posted.
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