Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Half Dome climber from San Ramon falls to death

A 26-year-old woman from San Ramon fell 600 feet to her death last Sunday while climbing the perilous summit cables on Yosemite National Park's Half Dome amid stormy, wet weather.

Hayley LaFlamme, her sister and two friends had reached the top of the massive escarpment and were just past the midpoint of the descent around noon when LaFlamme apparently tripped and lost her grip on the cables. She slid and tumbled down the almost vertical granite slope to the rocks below. Her body was recovered by search teams later that day.

Near the base of Half Dome, a sign reads: "If a thunderstorm is anywhere on the horizon DO NOT PASS BEYOND THIS SIGN. Lightning has struck Half Dome every month of the year." LaFlamme's death is still under investigation. It is not known whether she and her group were experienced hikers or had the proper equipment for the climb, Kari Cobb, spokeswoman for Yosemite said.

Information is from Sfgate