Accidents do happen

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

Yosar file photo

Yosar file photo

It’s been a busy season for rescues at Yosemite. YOSAR (Yosemite Search and Rescue) has already had 83 missions. The first week of July saw 3 major rescues.  On July 1, a woman fell from Cathedral Peak. She sustained multiple traumatic injuries and was in and out of consciousness. She’d fallen 40 feet to a large ledge while attempting a 5.7 bypass of the chimney section. Her partner was about 90 feet below.   The park helicopter transported her to medical assistance. On the 4th of July a hiker at the 12,500-foot elevation of Mount Dana fell while hiking through talus; she suffered a contusion to her head and was complaining of headache, nausea and dizziness. Yosemite’s contract helicopter flew her to Tuolumne Meadows and she was taken to Mammoth Lakes Hospital. On July 6 a hiker slid 50 feet down a steep snow field into talus on the face of Vogelsang Peak, suffering traumatic limb injuries. Yet again the  helicopter,  helitack crew and  a park medic assisted. He was then flown to the Crane Flat helibase, placed in an ambulance, and taken to Yosemite Medical Clinic. Finally, we all remember the falls off Half  Dome in June. The Half Dome Cables route is extremely slick and dangerous during wet weather. The cables are also highly prone to lightening strikes. Do not attempt the Half Dome Cables when wet or stormy.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “It’s all part of my rock ‘n’ roll fantasy. It’s all part of my rock ‘n’ roll dream.” – Bad Company
*Mr. Half Dome -Rick Deutsch –


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