Posts Tagged ‘Yosemite’

New Rules to Hike Half Dome

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

It looks like hikers will need to be a little more proactive when it comes to scaling Yosemite’s iconic natural monument known as Half Dome. Starting in the 2010 hiking season, Yosemite will begin issuing permits to make the climb, limiting the number of persons to 400 per day.

For now, the permits will only be utilized on the weekends (Fri-Sun) and holidays, and will, consequently, result in hundreds of hikers being turned away. The permits are free, though there is a $1.50 fee to reserve a permit, up to four per party. There are currently no limits on the number of hikers visiting during the week (Mon-Thur).

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Yosemite: Rescued Climber

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

A South Korean mountain climber, Jun Ho Wang, fell victim to an avalanche in Yosemite National Park on Monday. Wang was stranded for nearly 16 hours before rescue came Tuesday morning.

Falling snow and ice separated Wang from his seven-person climbing party, sweeping him more than 100 yards down a rock face and into an icy low-lying gully. Apparently, a climber desecended in order to help and stay with Wang through the night. Another climber radioed for help once off the mountain.

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