Winds high at Yosemite – Man dies

27-yr old Ryan Hiller was asleep in his tent Cabin when high winds felled an old tree at the park. It was in an employee housing area. The park has not said exactly where this occurred.  The report said he was a DNC employee and a former ranger with search & rescue experience. He often assisted in Half Dome rescues. Further that he was staying at the “stables complex.” I don’t know of any tent cabins in that area.

This is the first death in 2012. 20 in 2011. Yikes.

A winter storm warning is up in the Sierra with snow and blowing conditions. Be careful. Four more months until the cables are up.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Well, the last thing I remember, Doc I started to swerve. And then I saw the Jag slide into the curve. I know I’ll never forget that horrible sight. I guess I found out for myself that everyone was right – You won’t come back from Dead Man’s Curve.” – Jan & Dean 

*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch –

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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2 Responses to Winds high at Yosemite – Man dies

  1. Gracie Simms says:

    Large unstable trees are extremely dangerous, they are known as “WIDOWMAKERS.” Keep clear!

    • Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch says:

      I dunno…how can you tell if a tree is unstable? Most of the oaks at Yosemite are knarly. I think when your number is called, you are a gonner.

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