“El Capitan” Kills Two Climbers
CALIFORNIA – June 3, 2018
Two climbers died after falling as they tried to reach the top of the El Capitan rock formation (2,307 m.m.) in Yosemite National Park, officials announced.
The National Park Service indicated that the accident occurred at approximately 8:00 am on Saturday morning when two people climbed the Freeblast Route.
Park rangers and rescue personnel flocked to the site, but the climbers did not survive the fall.
Authorities identified the dead as Jason Wells, 46, of Boulder, Colorado, and Tim Klien, 42, of Palmdale, California.
This was the second fatal incident in Yosemite National Park in just over a week.
Last week, a hiker died while falling as he climbed the iconic cliff of Half Dome under rainy conditions.