Felix Kiernan, from London, died about 2 pm yesterday, June 2, 2013 while climbing on the East Buttress of El Capitan. Kiernan and his climbing partner were only about 500 feet up from the base of the 3,000 foot vertical wall when a granite block fell on him. The rock was about the size of a microwave oven. It free fell well over 100 feet before hitting him. A helmet does no good in this type of accident. That is one of the risks climbers face.
Helicopters were used to assist in the body recovery and rescue of his climbing friend. On May 20, another climber died on El Cap.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” – Nelson Mandela
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