Monday, August 29, 2011

17 have died so far in 2011 at Yosemite National Park

There's a record being set this year in Yosemite National Park, a record of death!  In the first 8 months alone 17 park visitors have passed away.   In a lot of cases it's due to the rivers being higher than normal thanks to a healthy snow-pack from this past winter.

A few hikers have fallen off the famous face of Half Dome.   A few got caught up in swollen rivers and drowned.  One man slipped from mist slipped on the granite steps of the Mist Trail below Vernal Fall and drowned in the swollen Merced River.  Mist Trail is a steep, 1.5-mile-long trail which attracts upwards of 1,500 visitors a day.

(Looking down at the Yosemite's Mist Trail on the way to Half Dome)

It's also been busy at Yosemite with over 730,000 visitors in the month of July alone.  That's the most in any one month since 1985!  So given the higher crowds and swollen rivers it's easy to see how more accidents are happening.  But if you make it to Yosemite, or to any national park, just play it safe.  Falling down 2,500 feet in front of astonished hikers to your death is just not a fun way to spend a vacation!

BONUS LINK  <--tips on how to be safe in Yosemite.

1 comment:

  1. Do you mind if I quote a couple of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources back to your weblog?
    My blog site is in the exact same area of interest as yours and my users
    would really benefit from a lot of the information you present here.

    Please let me know if this okay with you.
    Thanks a lot!

    Feel free to surf to my web-site


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...