Half Dome fall means 14 dead in Yosemite in 2011

August 1, 2011 - 5:13 PM
Yosemite Hiker Death

In this July 23, 2011 photo provided by the National Park Service, visitors are seen climbing Half Dome via cables in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Officials at Yosemite National Park say a 26-year-old woman fell 600 feet to her death while climbing Half Dome over the weekend. The woman was identified Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, as Hayley LaFlamme of San Ramon, Calif. Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb says LaFlamme was hiking with three friends Sunday when she slipped in the rain while descending the enormous granite dome. She fell on the shoulder of the dome where the cables end that help hikers navigate the final ascent. (AP photo/National Park Service, Kari Cobb)

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Officials at Yosemite National Park say a 26-year-old woman fell 600 feet to her death while climbing Half Dome over the weekend.

The woman was identified Monday as Hayley LaFlamme of San Ramon.

Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb says LaFlamme was hiking with three friends Sunday when she slipped in the rain while descending the enormous granite dome.

It's the 14th fatality this year in the park, which averages between five and six by August.

Last month, three people were swept to their deaths when they entered the Merced River above the 317-foot Vernal Fall.