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Climber falls to his death on Half Dome

June 19, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A 37-year-old man fell to his death while attempting to ascend the steep shoulder of Half Dome, the signature granite monolith at the east edge of Yosemite Valley.

Hirofumi Nohara of Japan and four friends were ascending the popular route on Saturday aided by steel cables used by hundreds of tourists each summer, when he slipped and fell about 300 feet.

Nohara, who was in the United States on a work visa, was pronounced dead at the scene, park officials said. An investigation of the accident is underway.

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