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Yosemite’s Half Dome Climb May Now Be Altered Due To Rockfall

Yosemite’s Half Dome Climb May Now Be Altered Due To Rockfall
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Yosemite’s Half Dome Climb May Now Be Altered Due To Rockfall

Last Tuesday, a part of Yosemite’s face collapsed due to a rockfall.

According to reports, this may cause a popular climbing route to be altered completely. LA Times reported that “a triangle-shaped slab of rock, roughly 200 feet long and composed of relatively thin granite, tumbled off Half Dome.”

This may have affected the Regular Northwest Face climb, popular with climbers.

Park geologist, Greg Stock, said that these occurrences, known as exfoliation, are common and typically happen once every year.

“It wasn’t huge by rock fall standards,” park spokeswoman Jodi Bailey said.

Last Tueday’s fall was about 800 cubic meters of rock. According to authorities, it’s likely due to hard rain.

There were no reports of injuries or accidents.

According to users in the popular climbing site, Supertopo, the “ledge near Robbins traverse was missing.”

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