Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
This just came out over the wires. Unbelievable.
Major Fracture at Half Dome
04/01/2010 13:13 pm PDT | NNC reporter Abril Phul
Yosemite National Park officials said a major rockfall occurred this morning at the famous Half Dome granite monolith. As shown in this early photograph, it is estimated that 20 % of the northeast face sheared off in one of the biggest rockfall events in modern history. Geologists estimated that 3.5 million metric tons of granite was released and plummeted to the valley floor 2,000 feet below. This area is known as Mirror Lake. No one was injured. The area is snowbound and the southern Mirror Lake trail has been closed since a small rockfall off adjoining Ahwiyah Point occurred in 2009. The peak of the signature landmark of Yosemite, known as “the Visor” was literally ripped away. Half Dome has been the subject of a controversial permit system began by the park to relieve crowding on the cables route. This popular hiking path has attracted nearly 80,000 visitors a year. It is unclear if the cable system was impacted and early reports are sketchy at this time.
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com