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She Was Climbing El Capitan When She Fell

Emily Harrington is 'banged up but gonna be OK'

(Newser) - A top rock climber is thankful to be alive after falling from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. "I took a bad fall and pin balled a bit then somehow hit the rope [with] my neck," Emily Harrington wrote Monday on Instagram, sharing a photo of her resting... More »

Girl, 9, Climbs El Capitan

Pearl Johnson is the youngest person to ascend the 3,000-foot rock face

(Newser) - Pearl Johnson is just 9 years old, but she's already set a major record: She's the youngest person to climb El Capitan in California's Yosemite National Park. Her parents are "longtime Yosemite locals," per Outside Online —her dad is a law enforcement officer at... More »

Woman Falls to Her Death From Half Dome

Danielle Burnett, 29, fell more than 500 feet while using mountain's cables, Yosemite officials say

(Newser) - A 29-year-old Arizona woman tumbled to her death this week while ascending Yosemite National Park's Half Dome using the mountain's famous metal cables. Per CBS5 , park officials say Danielle Burnett was climbing the steepest part of the granite mound just before noon on Thursday when she fell down... More »

Fall Kills Tourist as Yosemite Warns Visitors to Stay on Trails

People are hiking to viewing platform, then moving closer

(Newser) - A tourist from Romania was killed when he slipped and fell at a waterfall in Yosemite National Park—one of three such accidents in a week. Lucian Miu, 21, lost his footing on wet rocks and fell about 20 feet at Bridalveil Fall, NBC reports. The park said in a... More »

10-Year-Old: 1; El Capitan: 0

Selah Schneiter becomes youngest documented person to climb El Capitan's 'Nose route'

(Newser) - A 10-year-old has conquered the massive rock wall that is El Capitan, a dangerous challenge even for rock-climbing legends. Selah Schneiter, whose climbing-guide father had her in harnesses soon after she could walk, had dreamed of scaling the 3,000-foot granite rock face in Yosemite National Park since she was... More »

Yosemite Hike Turns Tragic for Woman Who Ignored Signs

Xuan Wang killed by falling ice and rocks on Mist Trail, which is closed for the winter

(Newser) - A California woman out for a hike in Yosemite National Park was killed Sunday, and National Park Service officials said Monday it's because she went where she wasn't supposed to go. Per the Fresno Bee , 56-year-old Xuan Wang was hit by ice and rock that fell from above... More »

Coroner's Report Sheds Light on Couple's Death Plunge

Meenakshi Moorthy and Vishnu Viswanath weren't entirely sober

(Newser) - The sad story of a couple who plummeted 800 feet to their deaths at Yosemite National Park in California is getting a little clearer, Fox News reports. Autopsy investigations by Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department show that Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, and her husband, Vishnu Viswanath, 29, had ethyl alcohol in... More »

Consequence of the Shutdown: Poop Problems

Some parts of Yosemite have had to close down due to human feces, urine

(Newser) - When the government shut down on Dec. 22, Yosemite National Park remained open but its bathrooms did not. Tourists haven't stopped relieving themselves, apparently alongside the road, reports the Los Angeles Times . Now, two campgrounds, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and Hetch Hetchy have been shut down over... More »

Camera Sitting on Tripod Led to Discovery of Couple's Bodies

Vishnu Viswanath's brother says they were taking a selfie when they fell at Yosemite

(Newser) - The couple who fell to their deaths in Yosemite National Park last week did so while taking a selfie, Vishnu Viswanath's brother said Tuesday. Viswanath, 29, and his wife, 30-year-old Meenakshi Moorthy, set up their tripod near a ledge at a scenic overlook in the California park, Jishnu Viswanath... More »

Couple Who Died in Yosemite Posed Eerie Question

Travel bloggers acknowledged dangers of 'daredevilry' photoshoots

(Newser) - "Is our life just worth one photo?" travel blogger Meenakshi "Minaxi" Moorthy mused after a visit to the Grand Canyon in March. One half of the team behind Holidays and Happily Ever Afters , Moorthy described herself as "a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge... More »

Man, Woman Fall to Their Deaths From Yosemite Cliff

Taft Point is a popular spot for marriage proposals

(Newser) - A man and a woman are dead after falling from a popular overlook at California's Yosemite National Park. At Taft Point, 3,000 feet above the valley floor, visitors can walk right up to the cliff edge, and there is no railing, the AP reports. The spot is popular... More »

Teen Falls Off Yosemite Cliff Attempting a Selfie

Israel's Tomer Frankfurter died after plummeting about 820 feet

(Newser) - A teen visiting from Israel fell to his death at Yosemite National Park Tuesday after it seems he tried to take a selfie near a famous waterfall, the Times of Israel reports. Tomer Frankfurter, 18, who BuzzFeed notes was on a two-month vacation before joining the Israeli military, is believed... More »

Most Climbers Need 3 Days to Conquer This. These Guys, 2 Hours

Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell say they're never taking on record for El Capitan's 'Nose' again

(Newser) - Most climbers take three days to scale the 3,000-foot Nose route of Yosemite's El Capitan, perhaps the most intimidating big-wall climbing route on the planet, so it was nothing short of incredible when a pair did it with a time of 2:19:44 last October. Sadly for... More »

Yosemite's El Capitan Claims 2 Highly Experienced Climbers

Men were speed-climbing the Freeblast route, roped together

(Newser) - Officials have identified two climbers who died when they fell from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Saturday as 46-year-old Jason Wells of Boulder, Colo., and 42-year-old Tim Klein of Palmdale, Calif. Rangers received multiple 911 calls that two climbers had fallen while speed-climbing the Freeblast Route around 8am,... More »

A Storm, Then a Slip on Iconic Yosemite Peak

Male hiker died in fall Monday

(Newser) - A hiker exploring California's Yosemite National Park died Monday when he slipped from cables leading to the 8,800-foot peak of its famed Half Dome. The man was climbing the last 400 feet of the summit with the help of installed metal cables when he slipped during a thunderstorm... More »

He Scaled El Capitan 177 Times. No. 178 Went Badly

Hans Florine broke ankle, shattered heel

(Newser) - A rock-climbing legend and record holder who has scaled Yosemite's El Capitan 177 times and wrote a book about his "lifelong obsession" with the climb survived a harrowing plunge on El Capitan's nose Thursday. Hans Florine, 53, was 2,300 feet above the floor of Yosemite Valley... More »

There's No Sign Outside, but There's Starbucks at Yosemite

It opened on March 16

(Newser) - It seems 25,000 signatures weren't enough to keep a Starbucks out of Yosemite. That petition to halt its opening died a quiet death on March 16, when the coffee giant began operating at Yosemite Valley Lodge's Base Camp Eatery, which ABC7 reports underwent a $7 million remodel,... More »

Yosemite: Missing Hiker Did the Right Thing, Was Found

Alan Chow stayed put after becoming lost

(Newser) - A well-prepared California hiker missing for six days in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park has been found. The National Park Service tells KTVU that Alan Chow of Oakland was found hydrated and in good health. A ranger in a helicopter spotted him Friday after an extensive search. Chow planned... More »

Fees Could Double at Most Popular National Parks

Revenue increase needed for aging infrastructure: NPS

(Newser) - With the Trump administration planning to slash the National Park Service's budget, a new proposal could see entrance fees for 17 of the most-visited national parks in the country more than double during peak months. In an effort to boost revenue to pay "for improvements to the aging... More »

Killed Climber Was Following 'Big Dream' in Yosemite

Andrew Foster was crushed in a rockfall Wednesday

(Newser) - Andrew and Lucy Foster were "on a dream holiday"—a three-week trip to Yosemite from their home in Wales—to celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary when tragedy struck, the Guardian reports. A sheet of granite weighing more than 1,000 tons fell from a height of 650 feet... More »

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