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July 29, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Two rock climbers were killed when they were struck by lightning atop famed Half Dome here, park officials said Sunday. Three others were injured, two of them critically. The five were sitting in a cavern on top of the monolith overlooking Yosemite Valley Saturday about 6:30 p.m. when a series of lightning flashes started a few small fires and struck the climbers, a spokeswoman said.
April 21, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc, This post had been corrected. See note below for details.
Rescuers had to airlift a rock climber out of Yosemite National Park after he suffered major injuries in a 30-foot fall Sunday, authorities said. A 26-year-old man from Palo Alto, Calif. was climbing with a partner Sunday morning and was about halfway up the Higher Cathedral Spire, one of a series of near-vertical granite pinnacles, according to Officer Andrea Brown of the California Highway Patrol's Air Operations Division. He reportedly fell about 30 feet and was unable to move without excruciating pain, Brown said.
January 5, 1986 | BRUCE KEPPEL
The liability insurance crunch has left the Sierra Club's rock-climbing section hanging after more than 50 years of recreational and instructional scaling at all degrees of difficulty--and has caused the club's Angeles Chapter to cancel a scheduled training course in basic rock climbing and safety techniques.
March 21, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
This rocky landmark in Chatsworth is a worldwide draw for climbing enthusiasts. But it's also a great place to take a walk while watching the climbers practice their art on small rocks at the base and sheer cliffs near the peak. Begin a counterclockwise tour of Stoney Point Park by entering the recreation area from Topanga Canyon Boulevard, near the steel gate just uphill from the horse stables. To your immediate left, you'll see climbers and climbing teachers working out on some of the lower-elevation rocks.
November 10, 1999 | From Associated Press
Rock climbers who use anchor bolts will be banned from much of this park under an unprecedented plan to take effect next month in an effort to preserve its ancient granite boulders. About 75% of the nearly 800,000-acre park, considered a rock climbers' mecca, will be an "anchor-free zone," said Ernest Quintana, park superintendent. That means that those areas will be off-limits to climbers who use metal bolts drilled into the sheer rock faces to secure their ropes.
March 22, 1994 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
A Taft man died in a rock-climbing accident in the Los Padres National Forest Monday after he fell while trying to scale a 250-foot-high cliff, authorities said. The Ventura County Sheriff Department's search-and-rescue unit later successfully plucked the victim's brother from the same cliff where he apparently was stranded, said Lt. Mike Gullon. The identities of the two Taft residents were not available late Monday.
A 39-year-old woman who was rescued after falling from a ledge while rock-climbing said she was partly inspired to take up the dangerous hobby by the film "Cliffhanger." Rochelle Scott, who was airlifted to safety by firefighters using a helicopter, broke her ankle while climbing at Stoney Point, a popular site for enthusiasts of the often-dangerous sport. "It was fascinating," Scott said about the movie before undergoing surgery on a broken ankle Sunday afternoon.
October 18, 1993
Firefighters rescued a Woodland Hills woman Sunday after she broke an ankle while climbing in the west San Fernando Valley at a popular spot for rock climbing enthusiasts, fire officials said. Rochelle Scott, 39, said she was partly inspired to undertake the hobby after watching the movie "Cliffhanger." About 25 firefighters worked to rescue Scott, who was trapped on the northeast side of Stony Point, said Fire Department spokesman Bob Collis.
Remember "Cliffhanger," the Sylvester Stallone thriller that splashed onto movie screens earlier this year? Rock climbers here sure do. "God help us," muttered one rock jock, preparing to scale the craggy face of Yosemite Valley's Cookie Cliff. "Now every bozo in America wants to be like Stallone and come up here and hit the walls." Long considered a fringe sport best left to wacko daredevils, rock climbing has gone mainstream, exploding in popularity--particularly in sport-crazy California.
On a bright, crisp December morning, Hidden Valley Campground in Joshua Tree National Monument is filled with cars from faraway places, including Tennessee, Alaska and the Yukon. Their owners have all come to climb rocks. "This is the Mecca," says Nancy Henderson, the campground host, "the best (place) in the world for winter rock climbing."
April 2, 2013 | From a Times staff writer
A man whose body was found hanging from a downtown Sacramento building Monday, nine stories up, appears to be a tagger who was attempting the vandalize the property, authorities say. The man had used rope to tie himself in a seated position like a rappeller, authorities said. The rope was tied off with a window washing anchor, and fire officials believe that that anchor could have held his weight. But they don't think he was a window washer. The Sacramento Bee reported that the man had two pieces of rope looped around his body in a style used by rock climbers.
April 1, 2013 | By Fox 40 Sacramento
Sacramento authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was found dangling outside a downtown building. At some point Monday morning, it appears the man tied a rope around himself, authorities said. However, he was tied in seated position like a rappeller. The rope was tied off with a window washing anchor, and fire officials believe that that anchor could have held his weight. But they don't think he was a window washer. Around 7:45 a.m., a person in another building reported seeing the man hanging near 12th and K streets.
June 24, 2012 | By Danielle Paquette
Among the Sunday morning crowds who flocked to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass" sculpture were residents from neighborhoods along the granite boulder's route from Jurupa Valley to the museum. Sharon Macnett, who drove from Long Beach, came to claim her free ticket after seeing a blog post on the LACMA website. LACMA offered free admission to the museum galleries to residents who dealt with the disruption of having the massive transporter move the rock along their city streets earlier this year.
October 10, 2010 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
In an era when a movie ticket routinely costs $11 or more, finding any kind of thrill for less than $10 gets harder and harder. So let's thank our stars for national and state parks. If you assume two travelers per car, plenty of parks fit our frugal-travel purposes just fine. Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite National Park: This is more stroll than hike ? half a mile, round-trip, on a paved path from a busy parking lot in Yosemite Valley ? but this year-round fall is a fine place to begin any exploration of Yosemite's grandeur.
July 19, 2007 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Michael Reardon, a world renowned Southern California free solo rock climber who scaled towering cliff faces without a rope, was presumed dead after a rogue wave swept him into the sea Friday on an island off the southwest coast of Ireland. The 42-year-old Oak Park, Calif.
May 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Four Israeli rock climbers were killed in flash floods that ripped through canyons around the Dead Sea, rescue services said. The victims were three men and a woman in their 20s who were with a group of 11 in the rocky region of deep ravines, caves and lofty crags. The Dead Sea, the world's lowest point at about 1,300 feet below sea level, is surrounded by desert and generally arid cliffs.
Grant Ortman clips on his harness, slips on his climbing shoes and starts up the rock--but instead of scaling a cliff, he maneuvers up the sloping walls and across the slippery ceiling of a cave. Ortman's goal is out toward where the edge of the amphitheater-like cave meets the hot, dry desert air. Thirty minutes later, he triumphantly rappels to the ground of the quiet, refreshingly cool space filled with the aroma of juniper trees thriving outside just a few feet away.
After more than a year of heated debate, rock climbers, rangers and environmentalists have hammered out a plan that will allow new bolts in the soaring boulders of Joshua Tree National Park. The compromise will allow climbers to replace loose, aging bolts as they see fit. Climbers slip safety ropes through the bolts, which are pounded into smooth rock faces, to catch themselves should they fall.
July 26, 2005
Regarding "Edged Out" [July 19]: We all have to follow rules. If the rangers in Yosemite let the climbing population do whatever they want, they should also let other visitors do what they please. I don't agree with bums loitering in my local city parks. Why should I feel any sympathy for the climbing vagabonds of Yosemite? Kick them out. Gustavo Bahena South Los Angeles How pretentious of the rock climber who says rock climbers have a "special relationship to Yosemite" that others don't.
May 24, 2005 | Bonnie Obremski, Special to The Times
What's more mouth-watering to a hungry Yosemite bear than an SUV full of coolers? Haul bags that rock climbers use to stash their gear and food. Climbers who tackle big walls such as Half Dome or El Capitan strap the stocky bags, also called "pigs," onto their backs to ferry loads between camping areas and starting points for climbs. It's long been standard practice at Yosemite National Park to inform campers and hikers in the valley about the need to properly store their food away from bears.
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