FROM Scott Gediman
Three Killed by Waterfall at Yosemite The top of Vernal Falls is the most popular hiking destination in Yosemite Valley. A thousand people reach it a day without incident. But yesterday, three people were swept to their deaths by the rushing waters and are presumed to be dead. Scott Gediman is a park ranger and spokesman at Yosemite National Park .
Fire Burns Out of Control Near Yosemite Yosemite Valley is open to visitors, but air quality is poor. That's the latest after what's called the Telegraph Fire near Mariposa knocked out power lines, forcing Valley concessions to run on auxiliary generators.
The Joys and the Risks of Yosemite National Park 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.
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