Cloud’s Rest Fall

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Cloud’s Rest is that peak that you see to the due east from the top of Half Dome; maybe 3 miles away. It’s a tad under 10,000 feet and provides a superb view of Half  Dome and the cables.

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The usual hike is from Tenaya Lake – only a 7-hour round trip. Many Half Dome vets also do this big hike. There is plenty of water on the trail. The last 30  mins is a bit harrowing as the spine of the mountain is very narrow – maybe 12 feet max.

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Then you get to the tip. On Friday Iwas at the park and saw the Helicopter returnto the Ahwahnee Meadow with an ambulance standing by.

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I’m sadden to report that Katherine Brizzard of North Hollywood, California fell  from the summit and ended up on a ledge about 80-feet below. Other hikers got to her and she was breathing but suffering from a severe head injury and was unresponsive. The 911 call brought Clifford Ashley, a wilderness patrol ranger, who was in the area. He reported that she was near shock and extremely unstable. Ranger/medics Jeff Webb and Matt Stark heli-rappeled to the ledge. The 53-year old hiker was packaged and short-hauled down. She was then taken to the Yosemite Medical Clinic to be stabilized before transport to a hospital. However, Ms. Brizzard died of her injuries while at the clinic. R.I.P.

*Note: the park service reported her name as “Marie”.  A friend has told me it was Katherine. I have made the change above.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir
*Mr. Half Dome -Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

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