Union Democrat staff

A man fell to his death Monday afternoon while hiking the iconic Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, the National Park Service announced in a statement released Tuesday.

The service stated the identity of the deceased hiker will be released after his family has been notified, adding that the cause of his fall remained under investigation and no photographs were available of the search-and-rescue operation.

According to the statement, the man fell from the Half Dome cables about 4:30 p.m. Monday while hiking with another person during a thunderstorm.

Park rangers arrived to assist the second hiker after being notified the man had slipped and fell from the cables.

The man’s body was recovered about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

This marked the first death from the Half Dome cables since 2010 and first visitor death in the park of the year, according to the statement.

The Half Dome cables were put in place for visitors to use this year on May 11. The service warned in a statement released May 8 that the trail would be wet and icy in places and encouraged visitors to prepare for wet and cool hiking conditions.

The service takes down the cables for winter each year.

Permits are required to ascend the Half Dome cables at all times. The service charges a nonrefundable $10 application fee to enter a daily lottery for a limited number of permits each day, in addition to a $10 permit fee for each issued.

The service implemented the permit system in 2010 to reduce overcrowding and safety concerns.





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