The Joys and the Risks of Yosemite National Park

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The climb up the granite slab called Half Dome is the quintessential hike in Yosemite Valley. After walking more than eight miles, climbers ascend the last four-hundred feet on a kind of ladder made of cables and wooden steps.  It’s hardly a challenge for experienced mountaineers, but the dangers are illustrated by what happened last Saturday. A 37 year-old Japanese visitor named Hirofumi Nohara stepped into a crack in the rock, twisted his ankle and plunged to his death. 




Warren Olney