The thrill of attempting to succeed in the highest of Half Dome at Yosemite National Park turned deadly on Thursday for a hiker who fell 500 ft from the famed rock face as she was scaling the steepest a part of the path, the authorities stated.
The hiker, Danielle Burnett, 29, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., was useless when park rangers reached her, based on a park spokesman, Scott Gediman, who stated the accident was beneath investigation.
Ms. Burnett had been climbing a rigorous high part of Half Dome, one which makes use of a pair of mounted cables for hikers to carry onto, when she fell, officers stated.
She is at least the 12th individual since 1995 to die whereas climbing Half Dome, based on information experiences.
There have been dozens of search-and-rescue calls to Half Dome, the place hikers have sought to comply with in the footsteps of the naturalist John Muir and the photographer Ansel Adams. The large rock soars to eight,800 ft above sea degree and was pictured on the California state quarter issued in 2005.
“It’s with a broken heart to inform you all that our beautiful Danielle left us yesterday doing something she loved so much,” she wrote.
In April, Danielle Burnett shared a photo on a mountain top at sunset on what appeared to be her own Facebook page.
“When you fall back, you get a better view,” the post said. It was unclear where the photo was taken.
A permit is required for the 17-mile Half Dome hike, which turns into a 45-degree ascent along the cabled section.
There are wooden planks spaced out about every 10 feet for hikers to rest and get their footing on the busy trail, which photos and videos show is frequently crowded during the summer.
The National Park Service limits the number of day-hikers and backpackers allowed on the trail to 300 per day.
The use of safety harnesses attached to the cables is optional. But some hiking message boards and travel websites questioned the practice as time-consuming and not foolproof.
Cables were installed on Half Dome a century ago and have been replaced over the years. Many people use gloves to hold onto the cables, where ascending hikers pass side by side with those making the descent.