Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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First off, I want to ask if Hayley’s family or friends can contact me with any memorial service information, I would like to attend. We are a community here and I’d like to offer condolences.
There has been a lot of speculation as to why a woman fell to her death on July 31. If you have been following the story, you know that weather was bad that day. Thanks to Blog reader, Shean H., we have a piece of information that is more than speculation. He posted this as a comment, but I wanted to give it better visibility. I cannot verify anything, but here you are. I edited it some for readability and grammar:
I was on the sub dome at around 11:30 am on Sunday and descended around 1145 am. When we reached the bottom near the ranger, there was an extremely close lightning strike near the top of Half Dome. I don’t know if it struck the cables or not, but my deepest condolences go out to the family.
Hiking up from the valley, the whole morning it was very good weather, with clouds in the horizon. Once we came out of the trees near the Dome at around 11 am, there was heavy cloud cover and it started sprinkling around 11:15. we decided to hike to at least the sub dome and see if the weather passed. At approx. 11:35 it started raining and 11:45 we left very quickly as there were several lightning strikes and one strike which hit a tree approx 2-3 miles away from the dome on the south side of the valley. Again, my thoughts go out to the young lady who lost her life and her family. She most likely started up around 1030am or so when the weather was still holding without rain or lightning.
The ranger (checking permits at Sub Dome) was DEFINITELY warning people not to go up at 11:15 am. He told my wife after I went up sub dome that he would not have gone up himself and that it would only get worse.
I have reposted the webcam photo that was taken about that time on July 31.
Our German IAG – (Image Analysis Group) alerted me to it and I enhanced the colors via Photoshop for clarity of the bolt that appears to be touching the Visor. I hope this information helps. Thanks again to Shean. If anyone else was there and contribute to our understanding, please send your facts to me.
Many readers come to the blog seeking Half Dome permits. Many are succeeding. I highly suggest you don’t just put request on and hope someone contacts you. READ the blog everyday and keep alert for others who are giving permits away. It’s is appropriate for you to pay them their $1.50 service fee, but no more ala scalpers. For example, G.G. wrote: If you have any passes available for ANYTIME in AUGUST or SEPTEMBER, please let me know. The following was posted yesterday – I have no idea if the permits are still available. Good luck.
I have several September permits to give away. I got these to trade and now can give them away.
Dates are as follows:
September 15th – 1 permit; September 20th – 2 permits; September 21st – 1 permit; September 22nd – 1 permit
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “A man in his books may be said to walk the world long after he is in his grave.” – John Muir 1873
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