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    Yosemite

    National Park California

Man Who Fell Off Half Dome Identified

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Date: August 24, 2011

On Monday evening, August 22, 2011, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Yosemite Emergency Communication Center received a report of a person falling off the face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Due to the late hour, Yosemite National Park Rangers were unable to initiate search efforts. Yesterday, August 23, 2011, the victim's body was spotted via helicopter and Park Rangers extricated the victim from the base of Half Dome.  

The man has been identified as Ryan Leeder, 23 years old, of Los Gatos, California.  

At this stage, the incident appears to be accidental, and remains under investigation. There is no further information available at this time.

Did You Know?

Sierra Sweet Bay

In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.