Hayley LaFlamme a 26-year-old northern California woman fell off of Half Dome in Yosemite, California this week. USA Today reported she was with three friends and family. After making it to the top, LaFlamme slipped on rain-slicked rock as she was descending the cable ladder heading back down. Unfortunately she took a 600-foot fall around noon leaving no chance of survival said spokesperson Kari Cobb.
It had rained in the morning and signs were posted warning hikers not to climb the trail but the trail was not closed. During the hike it was raining and there was lightening too. The Los Angeles Times reported 20 other people turning around after seeing how treacherous the hike was that day.
Half Dome has become a very popular hike, and because of its popularity there is a limit to the amount of people that can hike it each day. Only 400 permits are given out per day and hiking without a permit on this trail is illegal.
It is always important to take note of signs posted by the forest rangers; they post these signs for a reason. While this trail was not closed it is imperative to take extra precaution when hiking in perfidious areas. The unfortunate death of Hayley LaFlamme of San Ramon shows how even a popular trail like Half Dome can still be a difficult climb. Always check conditions of trails before hiking. If you are not sure how to access information about trails here is a link for Yosemite National Park: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.
For a direct link to information about Half Dome and how to best hike it safely click here. Just remember hiking is really fun! But make sure you are safe and understand what you are taking on.