One Year Ago…

Last Sunday someone fell off the cables to their death…

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif.—A hiker fell to his death while hiking the steep, final stretch up Half Dome.

Hirofumi Nohara, 37, of Japan slipped and fell while ascending the 8,842-foot granite dome in Yosemite National Park on Saturday afternoon, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, said park ranger Adrienne Freeman.

Nohara, who was in the U.S. on a work visa, was making the climb with four friends when he lost his footing about two-thirds of the way up the steepest pitch in which climbers use metal cables and wooden steps to ascend the final 150 feet.

Hikers from a Granite Bay church watched in horror as his leg briefly caught on a pole supporting the cables.

“It spun him around outside the safety cables and he tumbled down the mountainside,” said Bayside Church communications director Kerry Shearer.

Nohara did not appear to be doing anything unsafe, according to the initial investigation by the National Park Service.

About 10 to 12 people die in Yosemite each year, and this is third fatality to occur on Half Dome in the last year, Freeman said.

This Thursday I am hanging on tighter than I did last year.