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Flathead Climber Killed in Yosemite Fall

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COLUMBIA FALLS - A 38-year-old Columbia Falls native was killed in a fall while rock climbing in Yosemite National Park Sunday morning.

Park officials said Mason Robison was days into an attempted summit of El Capitan in Yosemite, when a piece of gave causing Robison to fall. During the fall, the rock severed the rope connecting Robison to his climbing partner, resulting in a 230-foot fall onto a gear station below.

Yosemite National Parks Spokeswoman Kari Cobb, said Robison and his partner were at 23,000 feet, 600 feet below the summit of one of America's most popular rock climbing destinations.

Cobb said Robison's partner tried to call the 911, but his cellphone reception was too poor. Two other groups of climbers called in a rock slide that resulted from Robison's fall and were able to connect with park rangers.

When rangers reached El Capitan, they heard Robison's partner's calls for help and flew in a helicopter with search and rescue rangers.

The rangers rappelled down from the top of El Capitan to Robison and his partner. Cobb said rangers pronounced Robison dead at the scene on the gear haul where he landed.

Rangers brought both men to the helicopter, then turned Robison's body over to the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office. Officials from the department confirm Robison died of his injuries.

Cobb said accidents and fatalities happen each year at Yosemite National Park, one of the world's most popular climbing destinations.

Cobb said Robison's death is the second fatality in the park so far this year.

 

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