Helicopter on Scene After Fatal Rockslide at Yosemite's El Capitan

Michele Moreno
September 29, 2017

El Capitan sits more than 3,000 feet above Yosemite National Park and is popular with rock climbers and BASE jumpers.

El Capitan is one of the world's largest granite monoliths above Yosemite Valley and a popular hiking spot.

Rangers from the National Park Service took the injured person to a hospital.

Ryan Sheridan said in the early morning hours Thursday that El Capitan remained active with rock falls.

The rock fall happened along the Waterfall route on El Capitan's eastern buttress. The size of the rockfall was not immediately clear.

Gediman says the two were hiking at the bottom of El Capitan's vertical face in preparation on their way to scale it when the rock fell.

The park records about 80 rock falls per year, though they are rarely fatal. As a result, one person has been confirmed dead, while another has been injured.

John DeGrazio, a climbing guide who has helped people get to the top of the Yosemite's landmark for 12 years said it was the biggest slide he's ever seen at the site. Rescue workers evacuated the victims from the scene.

A giant chunk of white granite broke loose from the face of a mountain-climbing mecca in Yosemite National Park, killing one person and injuring another.

"I saw a piece of rock, white granite the size of an apartment building, at least 100 feet by 100 feet, suddenly just come peeling off the wall with no warning", Canadian climber Peter Zabrok told Fox News.

The names of the victims are still unknown, as well as whether they were climbers or tourists visiting the park.

The pair was in the park to rock climb but were not climbing at the time of the rockfall.

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