Climber Dies on Nose of El Capitan

22-year-old fell 200 feet

A climber fell 200 feet and died while descending the Nose of El Cap. (Wikimedia Commons)

A 22-year-old climber died from his injuries Wednesday after a fall on the face of El Capitan in Yosemite, Climbing reports.

The climber, who has not been identified, and two other teammates had reached Camp VI, about five pitches from the summit, when he decided to return to Camp V to retrieve some gear. He tied into his single rappel rope but didn’t clip his Grigri to the rope properly and fell 200 feet, hitting ledges near Camp V.

Yosemite Search and Rescue retrieved the body and the two climbing partners by helicopter on Wednesday.

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