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Yosemite hiker died after climbing Half Dome with cables

August 24, 2011 | 10:41 am

Yosemite's Half Dome
A hiker who died in Yosemite National Park this week after plunging down the face of Half Dome was identified Wednesday.

Ryan Leeder, 23, of Los Gatos, apparently died Monday evening after climbing up the cables on the peak’s back side, park officials said.

A group of rock climbers saw a man falling and alerted park officials, but it was too late to initiate a search, park spokesman Scott Gediman said.

Leeder’s body was found by search crews Tuesday morning and recovered by rangers.

The fall is under investigation but it appears to be accidental, Gediman said.

He did not know if Leeder had gone to the park alone or in a group.


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Photo: Yosemite National Park's Half Dome. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times.