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article imageEl Capitan climber struck by rock dies in Yosemite

By Gar Swaffar     Jun 3, 2013 in Travel
Yosemite National Park - El Capitan in Yosemite is touted as the largest granite monolith on the planet, not a climb for the faint of heart, or those unwilling to take a risk.
A rock climber from London, England, Felix Joseph Kiernan, and his climbing partner were approximately 600 feet up the face of El Capitan on the East Buttress section. A climber further up the rock face dislodged a piece of granite roughly one foot by two feet large, and that rock fell 150 before it struck Kiernan.
MML and the LA Times report Kiernan was struck at about 2 p.m. A SAR (Search and Rescue) team was able to reach Kiernan by 4 p.m. at which time he was pronounced dead.
A California Highway Patrol help remove the climber from the 3,000 foot tall face of El Capitan. Rangers in the SAR team accompanied Kiernan's climbing partner and another climbing team off the face of the cliff. It was the climbing party below Kiernan's who alerted rangers to the accident by cell phone.
This marks the second death in Yosemite in the most recent weekend. Aleh Kalman was swept over the precipice of Nevada Fall on Saturday. The body has not yet been found, and the full scope search effort has been placed on hold until the flow rate of the falls and the Merced River decrease. It is reported by park officials that 15 to 20 visitors lose their lives each year in Yosemite.
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