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Half Dome Cliff Rescue at 8840 Feet Elevation-Yosemite N.P.

6-22-2012--Raw video footage of a hairy cliff rescue on the cables section of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park California.Rescue was performed by fellow hikers after a section of cable broke away.The cables are used as a hand hold going up the steep ascent of the last 400 feet of the climb. Fellow hikers did not feel this guy had the time to wait for National Park Mountain Search and Rescue operators to show up, as he was so close to death. Good job to these guys, hat tip and a bravo zulu. Rangers closed this section of the climb after the rescue to repair the broken hand hold section of the cables.Many deaths have occurred with hikers and climbers over the years on Half Dome as well as other famous climbs in Yosemite like El Capitan.
From 1919 when the cables were erected through 2011, there have been six fatal falls from the cables.The latest fatality occurred on July 31, 2011.Lightning strikes can be a risk while on or near the summit. On July 27, 1985, five hikers were struck by lightning, resulting in two fatalities.


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The Half Dome Cables Route hike runs from the valley floor to the top
of the dome in 8.2 mi (13 km) (via the Mist Trail), with 4,800 ft
(1,460 m) of elevation gain. The length and difficulty of the trail used
to keep it less crowded than other park trails, but in recent years the
trail traffic has grown to as many as 800 people a day.The hike can be done from the valley floor in a single long day, but many people break it up by camping overnight in Little Yosemite Valley. The trail climbs past Vernal and Nevada Falls, then continues into Little Yosemite Valley, then north to the base of the northeast ridge of Half Dome itself.
The final 400 ft (120 m) ascent is steeply up the rock between two steel cables used as handholds.[11]
The cables are fixed with bolts in the rock and raised onto a series of
metal poles in late May (the poles do not anchor the cables). The
cables are taken down from the poles for the winter in early October,
but they are still fixed to the rock surface and can be used. The
National Park Service recommends against climbing the route when the
cables are down and when the surface of the rock is wet and slippery. The Cable Route is rated class 3, while the same face away from the cables is rated class 5



Added: Jul-23-2012 Occurred On: Jun-22-2012
By: Fire37Rescue
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Tags: Mountain Rescue, Rescue, National Park, Mariposa County Ca, Cliff Hanger, Yosemite National Park, Half Dome, YOSAR, Hero, Granite
Location: Yosemite Valley, California, United States (load item map)
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  • Great Pre-post and history report F37R!

    I wonder who's responsibility it is in maintaining those cables?

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    • @Arizona_Patriot
      National Park Service maintains the cables as far as I know.That's not to say they don't have a climbing contractor who goes it though.So many things are contracted out nowadays in our National Forests and Parks...as I think it should be. I know this only because I have worked with them. Yosemite Park itself would be nothing if it were not for all the Contracted work and concessionaires. I love that place.
      Prolly my favorite US Park of the many I have visited. I'm a different p More..

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    • @Fire37Rescue Nothing better than saving a life. It truly made that man's day! BTW, I think Yosemite is one of the most beautiful places I've been to. With places like this, who needs to live in the city? If I could I'd live there for the rest of my life! Calm, you intake clean fresh air, the diversity of life, just amazing... El Capitan and Half Dome are definitely breath taking as well. Great upload!

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  • Good job, way to think fast. Bravo!

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  • Good ending. That cables hike looks like it would awesome. No technical climbing either. I climbed the Grand in the Tetons about 8 years ago and that was grueling. This looks about the same, so I'd go for the 2 day hike.

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  • Wow, great vid. Scary shit, awesome rescuer.

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  • Rescuing morons who place no value on their own lives just endangers others who have to come to their aid. I say let all these life-risking morons pay the price of their risk with their own lives. They're all idiots.

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  • Sweaty Palms.

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