Woman killed in fall from Yosemite's Half Dome
The granite Half Dome rises 4,800 feet above eastern California's Yosemite Valley, and about 8,800 feet above sea level.
August 1st, 2011
09:21 PM ET

Woman killed in fall from Yosemite's Half Dome

A California woman fell 600 feet to her death Sunday while trying to descend a landmark rock formation at Yosemite National Park, according to park officials.

Hayley LaFlamme, 26, of San Ramon, had hiked with three other people to the peak of Half Dome, a granite formation that rises about 4,800 feet above Yosemite Valley in eastern California. She was descending the cables area - the dome's highest 400 feet, where hikers hold onto fixed metal cables - when she fell, park officials said Monday.

One of her companions called 911 about noon to report the fall, park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said. Park rangers pronounced LaFlamme dead when they found her body, the park said.

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  1. Josh

    This has been a horribly lethal year for Yosemite. But unlike the waterfall deaths, this woman appears to have been following the rules. Tragic.

    August 1, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • MufferDv

      Not quite, since she was warned of the wet weather, incoming weather, and the generally less than optimum conditions.

      August 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. D

    That is an extremely dangerous hike even in the best weather conditions, many people have died over the years when they have slipped on the cables. It is tragic that another person has died. Nature is not forgiving, it is in your own best interest to research where and what you are going to hike and decide if the risks you take are worth it.

    August 1, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ?

    And this has WHAT to do with someone falling off a cliff?

    August 1, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. atlantian

    are u lost

    August 1, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Flum Ox

    actually Yosemite suffers approx 12 deaths a year..and up to 15 + on a bad year.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMTHIKER

      As of right now, thats the 14th death in Yosi this year. Most have been from high water.

      August 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Yogi

    Hey Boo Boo..lets get her picnic basket.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. atlantian

    bad form yogi

    August 1, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. YOGI IS BAD

    Yogi

    Hey Boo Boo..lets get her picnic basket.

    Oucccccccchhhhh...... YOGI > she was 26: how can that happen? senile?

    These are the brightest women of the world: educated, well informed, and the best mothers.
    Always looking out for others !!!

    BAD YOGI !!! It was your fault !!! and those other people in the world.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leeintulsa

    This is why i and countless americans don't do that.

    BTW OT – we tied 1928 – hottest, dryest summer ever.. They're thinkin 15 more days. Breakin records down here.. Anyone got some rain?

    Don failed. What a gay name for a storm..

    August 1, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ajd041

    Jazz CNN oughta hire you but I feel bad for this poor lady she was doing everything right just slipped

    August 1, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jazzzzzzz you are an ASSSSSS!!!

    Post your moronic rants where they are relevant. Better yet- Sit down and SHUT THE PHUCK UP.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Banasy

    Condolences to the young lady's family.

    @leeintulsa:
    We have got more than enough rain up here...we now get flash flood warnings every time it rains. Actually, it doesn't rain here; it *storms*!

    August 2, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. "trying to decend"

    Nice try?

    August 2, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. SERIOUS ABOUT HALF-DOME

    PEOPLE- THIS IS A SERIOUS HIKE. I DID IT FOR THE X4th TIME LAST WEEK & WAS AMAZED AT THE PEOPLE WHO WERE ATTEMPTING THIS CHALLENGE. U MUST B PREPARED 4 IT. IF U DOUBT YOURSELF...U MUST APPRECIATE IT FROM THE SUBDOME...WHICH IS STILL A BEAUTIFUL VIEW! THIS IS NOT 4 EVERYONE!

    August 2, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • DoYou209

      Very correct. This is a serious hike. The fact that there are permits, though, is FORCING people to be risky on their decisions, since they know they can't come back tomorrow. Very sad situation in our beloved Yosemite right now.
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      Ditch the permit system National Parks Service!!!

      August 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Madame Royale

    Why are you shouting, Serious?
    Is your capslock stuck?

    August 2, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
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