Posted: May 21, 2013 10:32 AM by Dennis Bragg - MTN News
Updated: May 21, 2013 11:39 AM
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA - Rangers say a Columbia Falls man died Sunday after a flake of granite came loose and sliced his climbing rope near the summit of El Capitan.
Yosemite National Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb says Mason Robison, 38, was about 2,300 up the famous Muir Wall when the rock came loose.
She says Robison was about 600 feet from the top and was climbing in the lead position when the accident happened just after he was placing a "cam" behind the chunk of granite.
Cobb says Robison fell to the end of his haul line, more than 200 feet. It wasn't immediately clear whether he struck a ledge or the rock wall on the way down.