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Climber Dies in Yosemite National Park

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Date: October 24, 2006

An experienced rock climber fell to his death Monday, October 23, 2006, while climbing near Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite Valley.

Todd Skinner from Lander, Wyoming, was climbing a route on the Leaning Tower when he fell approximately 500 feet to his death. Skinner's climbing partner reported the fall at around 4 pm. Park rangers responded, and Skinner was pronounced dead at the scene.

Todd Skinner is survived by his wife and three children.

The exact cause of death is under investigation.

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