Yosemite Hiker Death

June 13, 2009 7:54:12 PM PDT
Park officials say a male hiker has fallen to his death while climbing Half Dome. Yosemite National Park Ranger Scott Gediman said the man fell at 3:40 p.m. on Saturday, and that officials believe he was using the cable handrails that help hikers make it up and down the landmark.

Gediman says conditions on Half Dome's granite face were slippery because of rain and hail. Thirty other Half Dome climbers were being escorted down by rangers for their safety Saturday evening.

It was not immediately clear if the man, who is not being identified until his next of kin are found, was with a group or alone.

The last death at Half Dome was Japanese hiker Hirofumi Nohara, who slipped off of cables on June 16, 2007.

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