Climber falls off Half Dome

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About a week ago, on September 19, an Austrian climber fell to his death off the face of Half Dome. Apparently, his rope was cut as he pulled off a block of granite to continue a maneuver. 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. 

In happier news, on Friday the 16th, Libby Sauter and Chantel Astorga set the women’s speed record for climbing up 3,000 foot El Capitan. Their time: 10 hours and 40 minutes. 

Rumor has it that we are in for a lottery system to get permits for Half Dome. Nothing official and no elaboration. We’ll see the Environmental Assessment with the alternatives soon. Real soon. Watch this blog for the release news. Budget some time to be sure and comment on it. Remember, one alternative will probably be to take the cables down. Gonna be tough on Mr Half Dome if they do! 


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Everybody needs beauty…places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike.”  –  John Muir 

*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch –



About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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  1. Sönke says:

    This reminds me why rock climbing is not for me:

    Incredible report!

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