Massive rockfall - Waterfall route


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Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Sep 27, 2017 - 05:31pm PT
Official NPS statement confirming one fatality...

"Date: September 27, 2017

A rockfall of undetermined size occurred in Yosemite National Park this afternoon at about 1:55 p.m. this afternoon. The rockfall was reported to have happened from El Capitan, a granite monolith above Yosemite Valley. The release point appears to be near the "Waterfall Route", a popular climbing route on the East Buttress of El Capitan. This is the area where Horsetail Fall flows in winter and spring conditions.
Yosemite National Park Rangers and Yosemite Search and Rescue are currently on scene assessing the situation. The park helicopter is currently flying and also assessing the situation.
There is one confirmed fatality and one injured person. Park Rangers are working to transport the injured person to receive medical care.outside of the park. .
This is the climbing season in Yosemite National Park and there are many climbers on El Capitan and other climbing routes in the park.
Yosemite National Park remains open and visitor services are not affected.
There will be no further news releases this evening and phone calls may not be returned until tomorrow morning. . Further information will be available and a news release will be issued tomorrow morning, September 28, updating the incident.."

rest well.

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Sep 27, 2017 - 05:48pm PT
Photos from the LA Times article...


Gym climber
Great White North
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 27, 2017 - 05:56pm PT
Pic from Tom


Bay Area, CA
Sep 27, 2017 - 05:58pm PT
Whether or not the use of this photo as a way to keep people informed of this tragedy was authorized or not is SO NOT IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW.

Please keep things in perspective. Someone died. Let's all take a break from sniping about inconsequential BS and pay our respects to this person who lost their life - and their loved ones - by having a little more respect for each other.


Merced, CA
Sep 27, 2017 - 06:00pm PT
I just can't get over Ryan, Pete, et al's luck. Gnarly night for them a couple nights ago according to deucey, then this. Scary sh#t. Real humbling.

away from the ground
Sep 27, 2017 - 06:33pm PT
Woah, gnarly. Potential for death and destruction is exacerbated by high season traffic. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. Rocks follow rains. Even if it's "perfect" stone next to the road. RIP and best wishes to those affected.

Trad climber
Sep 27, 2017 - 06:51pm PT
Those pics are scary.

Good thoughts for those in the zone. Yikes!

Social climber
Sep 27, 2017 - 06:54pm PT
hey there say, all... just stepping in fast, i have to leave... but, my prayers and condolences to all involved...

i have have to learn more later...

very sad to hear this...

thankful pete and folks were okay,
and, thank you to the rescue workers...

Cucamonga Climber

Sport climber
Rancho Cucamonga
Sep 27, 2017 - 06:57pm PT
Sad day. Prayers for those affected and their families. Thanks YOSAR...

Big Wall climber
Sep 27, 2017 - 07:12pm PT
such a sad day in yosemite. what we do is so dangerous, but to be pegged while just hiking along the base?...that's just not fair.

glad pass the poser pete and team are

Gross Vegas
Sep 27, 2017 - 07:31pm PT
Holy f*#k!!
Helicopter and rescuers in the bullseye.
Pete’s video above the helicopter gives me pause.
Those guys have f*#king balls!

Big Wall climber
Ashland, Or
Sep 27, 2017 - 07:40pm PT
Just me or is that a really inappropriate photo for ABC to use for that Pete interview....Jesus he looks like he's celebrating the deadly rockfall.

Glad you guys are ok!

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Sep 27, 2017 - 07:42pm PT
Really sad news, condolences to everyone involved. Such a scary situation.
Michael Nicholson

Big Wall climber
Thousand Oaks
Sep 27, 2017 - 08:34pm PT
Jennifer Paul

Boulder climber
Sep 27, 2017 - 09:00pm PT
I read that one person died and one person was injured. Sad, be careful out there everyone.

Ice climber
mogollon rim
Sep 27, 2017 - 10:03pm PT
Pass the pitons pete's junk show is so big that it loosened the wall when they Bivied at the fracture zone.... ;)

Sep 27, 2017 - 10:52pm PT

Thoughts and prayers to friends and family of the folks walking along the base. Crap.

Mr Natural use to be on of my fav Valley routes till those blocks took out a fella few years back. Every time I see those monsters in the talus field now I think of that poor lost soul.

Then I get the hell out of there. As rollover notes re: helicopter flying in the vacintity - that took stones. Shakes head. My best to all.

Trad climber
Great Falls, MY
Sep 28, 2017 - 12:11am PT
Was on East Buttress at the time, watched a thin but masssive piece falling and got blasted by debris. Fairly certain my partner and I were the last to see them before it happened.. a couple here from Wales, they rapped off the top of the third pitch where we passed them as they were debating that decision. They were descending when the rock fall occurred. Heart goes out to her and their friends and family

Social climber
Sep 28, 2017 - 12:16am PT
hey there say, dear just_hendo... my hugs and comfort to you, as you had been through seeing all this...

my love and condolences and prayers, for the family and all involved...

though we have the joy of friends, saved, the equal height, of
emotion, goes to the sadness for the loss of even one life, that
we did not personally...
and to the injured and the pains suffered through they have
seen and went through, and to you too...

all one can say, is-- in your corner, forever, for a 'backup' of
inner strength, to and to those that suffered, :(
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Sep 28, 2017 - 01:09am PT
I fear two more were completely buried under the rock fall. I observed two or three people walking at the base, and I saw the block falling because I happened to be tagging up some gear at the time.

I saw a hundred foot by 100 foot by 100 foot chunk of granite the size of an apartment building peel off two thousand feet above the deck, hit the wall a thousand feet up and shatter into a hundred thousand pieces that completely annihilated everything be nice. It is inconceivable the people I saw survived. If there was one Survivor apparently? I am also pretty sure I observed a body recovery.

If there are two people missing, it will be extremely difficult to recover them from beneath so much Rockfall.

This next paragraph is pure speculation. Our guess is that there are two people buried, and the third person who appeared to be a girl in an orange helmet was spared. A guy in a green shirt ran over from the Zodiac area and probably went up into the Rock fall to search for the people who were buried. Ryan shouted continually from the portaledge to stay away because more rock was going to come down. We think that the guy in the green shirt is the one who perished and was carried away by the rescue crew. But this is only a guess based on what we saw. It is a true blue big wall miracle that orange helmet girl survived not one rock fall but too. She must have some sort of hedge of protection around her.

The photo they chose was pretty inappropriate I thought too. Oh well. I do give the media permission to use any photographs and videos they want. I made the Facebook posts public so you guys can all go see them on Facebook right now.

Thanking God big time tonight. Still shaking.
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