Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
There has been a lot of buzz about Saturday morning’s suicide. You readers have provided most of the info that I have relayed. Thanks for sharing. I checked with the park and they are still in the process of notifying next of kin. Below are a couple of pictures taken that by Hema Patel who was up that day with her hiking party. The first shows the helicopter on Half Dome. The park has contract helicopters with very skilled crews. This is a mission they hate – they prefer to rescue people, not deal with situations like this.
The other shows the massive line that queued up at the cables once the Park Service reopened them following the 2-hour investigation.
I don’t expect much more information to come out. What do we need to know that will make this less macabre? It is very sad that a person had to go to this to solve his problems – only to heap a pile on his family and friends. If you know anyone who appears to be “on the edge” and just can’t take it, contact a suicide prevention agency NOW. Tomorrow I’ll move on to topics to help people do the round trip to Half Dome. Hint: Baklava.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done. Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung. Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game. It’s easy. All you need is love.” – The Beatles
*Mr. Half Dome -Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com