A hiker slipped from the famous Half Dome cables in Yosemite National Park and fell to his death Monday afternoon during thunderstorm activity, the park announced in a news release Tuesday.
It was the first fatality on the cables since 2010, and the first visitor fatality in the park this year.
The unidentified male hiker was with a companion when the incident occurred around 4:30. Park rangers were called to the scene and assisted the second hiker.
The body of the victim was recovered Tuesday at approximately 1 p.m.
No further details were provided by the park. The deceased hiker’s name will be released once the family is notified.
The cause of the incident is being investigated.
As many as 1,000 people a day hike the Half Dome cable route, which runs 8.2 miles from the valley floor to the top of the dome with a 4,800-foot elevation gain. The final 400 feet is a steep ascent between two steel cables used as handholds.
The National Park Service warns against climbing the route when storm clouds are in the area and when the ground is wet, causing the rock to become slick.
Photos of the Half Dome cables courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.