Half Dome Perils

October 8, 2011 - 12:55 PM
In this Sept. 24, 2011 photo provided by Armando Castillo, hikers descend Half Dome in Yosemite, National Park. Armando Castillo knew he should not attempt the last treacherous stretch up Half Dome with storm clouds looming. But he felt he had come too far not to accomplish his goal. "About three quarters of the way up it started hailing," he said. "There's a bunch of people and everybody just stops. Some women started crying because it was slippery and pretty scary. Then it cleared up." While others turned back, Castillo pushed on, making him one of Yosemite National Park's worst nightmares, an increasing number of wilderness neophytes who mistakenly think the government is obligated to save them. (AP Photo/Armando Castillo)