Hiker Falls off Half Dome Cables

June 28, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Search and Rescue

On Friday, June 22, at about 5 pm, a hiker slipped while descending the Half Dome cables. A fellow hiker dropped a handheld radio on the cables above him, and the hiker instinctively reached for the falling radio, losing his handhold on the cables. The hiker slid a short distance on his back away from the cables and was able to stop by grabbing a natural feature. The hiker waited precariously to be rescued by NPS rangers. During the time it took rangers to arrive on scene, other hikers on the cables dismantled a portion of the cables in order to help the fallen hiker to safety. 

Due to the time of day the accident occurred, the cables were closed for the evening to allow Yosemite trail crew time to assess and reassemble the cables. On Saturday morning, June 23, park rangers and trail crew finished reassembling and inspecting the cable system. There was no permanent damage to the cables. The Half Dome cables were reopened at 10 AM. The rescued hiker had no serious injuries, suffering only minor scrapes and cuts.

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  1. Monica
    August 24, 2019 at 11:53

  2. September 15, 2012 at 04:00

    Bystanders detached one of the cables from its bottom anchor and lifted the stanchions out of their holes in the rock.

  3. September 12, 2012 at 11:22

    How did they dismantle the cables? Those are some serious cables...

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