June 6, 2009 Non-Fatal Fall Off Half Dome Cables

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

Gina & friend Vanessa before the fall

Gina & friend Vanessa before the fall

The weather at Yosemite was really weird this June. Usually by then we see nothing but clear blue skies. Saturday, June 6 continued the overcast and ugly weather. As has been reported in the media, that day Gina Bartiromo fell off the cables and slid down and down. Fortunately, she survived. I wrote up the brief information available then on my website “Accidents” page. I had heard nothing since as to her condition.

Blog reader, Dean P. send me this link <HERE>. It’s a story from the  YOSAR (Yosemite Search and Rescue) site written by Gina’s friend and hiking partner Vanessa and by Rick Powell who was there – VERY there when it happened.  It is a long read but it’s important that rumor and hearsay get eliminated from the “facts” we all read about accidents.  It’s very somber and it looks like Gina may fully recover. Pretty somber.

I am planning on doing the High Sierra Camps hike on Tuesday for a week. We’ll be doing all 5 camps. And now we are watching the Big Meadow / Foresta fire to determine if the Tioga Road to Tuolumne Meadows will even be open – or if the smoke will cease the program. Fingers crossed. A prescribed burn got out of control.  OK, I’m no expert but a purposeful fire in August? Hot, dry August?

I spent a week in the Blackhills of South Dakota in July. They pile up all the loose wood into large stacks then wait until winter when the air is moist and even snowy.- Then they burn it. I dunno, seems like a bad decision in our Park. AARRGGHH
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” – Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell

*Mr. Half Dome -Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

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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