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Hiker Falls to Death From Yosemite's Half Dome Trail

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — A hiker in Yosemite National Park fell to his death while climbing the iconic granite cliffs of Half Dome in rainy conditions.
The National Park Service said the accident occurred Monday.
NPS spokeswoman Jamie Richards said the man and a companion were scaling the steepest part of the trail where rangers recently installed cables to help hikers get to the top of the 8,800-foot rock face.
The cables are installed each summer to assist the climbs of thousands of hikers who make the popular 14-mile round trip.
The NPS declined to release the man’s name pending notification of his family. The NPS said it’s the first fatal fall from Half Dome since 2010.
The man’s companion was unharmed.

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