Angel’s Landing fall

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

Think Half Dome is dangerous? Well, 2 deaths off  the cables during summer use since 1919 and one in bad weather, the other fatigue and dehydration were factors …. Ever hear of Angel’s Landing?

angel landing

Nancy Maltez, 55, of Glendora, California, fell about a thousand feet to her death on the morning of Sunday, August 9th.  She was hiking with her family when she fell from the north side of Angels Landing at Zion National Park.  The woman’s body was located on a steep, rugged, talus slope at the base of Angels Landing below the saddle area between Angels Landing and Scout Lookout. Two big wall climbers half way up a route below Angels Landing also witnessed the fall, as the victim fell dangerously close to their porta-ledge. A technical recovery was required to bring her body down to the floor of Zion Canyon. Sad.  Be careful!

My Half Dome book has soared to #28,943 in Amazon Books as of yesterday. Gosh – film screenplay next!!

I will be hiking Half Dome Thursday and Friday so if the blog is late, bear with me. I hope the new Curry Village Wifi is up by now!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Goldfinger. He’s the man, the man with the Midas touch. A spider’s touch. Such a cold finger, beckons you to enter his web of sin. But don’t go in.” Shirley Bassey

*Mr. Half Dome -Rick Deutsch –


2 Responses to “Angel’s Landing fall”

  1. Dean Says:

    Looking at Angel’s Landing on the interwebs today and it looks to be a particularly nerve shredding balancing act along that ridge. Not sure if those floppy chains are a help or a hinderance.

    I can imagine the crowd factor will be worse here than on the HD cables.

    Love to go to Zion on our upcoming trip but 3 hour drive from Vegas is a bit too long…heading to Valley of Fire state park instead.

  2. jen Says:

    Hiked Angel’s landing but didn’t get to the top when the wind was gusting and we heard thunder. We hurried down and got to the trail part (the non-saddle safer part) when it started raining. I would have freaked if I had been up there at the 3-ft wide section when it was raining. I don’t know how the others got down.

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