Jeff Maurer, a biologist who worked for Yosemite National Park, died Sunday as a result of a climbing accident, the park announced Tuesday. He was 47.
Maurer fell while attempting to climb the Third Pillar, a difficult rock-climbing route on Mount Dana. He had worked at Yosemite for three years and before that was an employee at the Yosemite Institute. He also taught at UC Davis and was involved in numerous research projects.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident," Dave Uberuaga, acting park superintendent, said in a news release. "This is a huge loss to the Yosemite National Park and National Park Service family. Our deepest condolences go out to Jeff’s loved ones."
Funeral arrangements are pending. Condolences to the family can be sent to:
The Maurer Family, c/o Peter Maurer, 3460 Coon Hollow Rd., Placerville, Calif., 95667
-- Pete Thomas
Photo: Jeff Maurer sits atop Stately Pleasure Dome in Tuolumne Meadows within Yosemite National Park. Credit: Colleen Kamoroff