Two climbers killed after they fell from El Capitan in Yosemite

  • Author: Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
  • Updated: 1 day ago
  • Announced 1 day ago

El Capitan in Yosemite, in a September 2012 file image, where two climbers died in a fail on Saturday, June 2, 2018. (Dreamstime/TNS)

Two rock climbers were eliminated Saturday morning when they fell from El Capitan in Yosemite Public Park, officials said.

The two fell about 8:15 a.m. while climbing the Freeblast road on the sheer granite rock, according to a statement from the National Deposit Service.

Park rangers and rescue workers were immediately dispatched to the site.

The two climbers were not identified, and no other details were immediately readily obtainable.

Freeblast is a climbing route on the first stretch of near-vertical rock mainly the treeline on El Capitan, which rises 3,000 feet above the Yosemite Valley.

Yosemite’s splendid rock faces have proven both alluring and deadly for climbers.

On May 21, a man weakened on Half Dome after he slipped and fell during a thunderstorm in the go the distance 400 feet of the climb, where hikers grasp cables to progression the summit.

Since the cables were installed nearly a century ago, eight people set up died on that stretch, which is often congested with hikers in the warm months, according to The San Jose Mercury Account.

In September 2017, a climber was killed on El Capitan and another injured when a her crashed down on a popular climbing route along the East Support of the monolith.

Some of the best rock climbers in the world have gambled their lives at Yosemite to achieve record-breaking feats. On May 30, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell penurious the speed record for an ascent of El Capitan’s Nose route, scaling the her’s forbidding prow in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 15 seconds.

Hans Florine, Honnold’s partaker in a previous record-setting climb in 2012, watched from a wheelchair after being abuse in a May 4 fall from the Nose.

In June 2017, Honnold became the win initially person to climb El Capitan without ropes.

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