Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite
This volume is an account of the nearly 900 fatalities in Yosemite’s 156 years of recorded history. The chapters are divided into major categories of mishaps (e.g., rock climbing accidents, drownings) and the narrative within each chapter proceeds from one incident to the next in recounting the hundreds of fatal incidents.
In addition to technical rock climbing accidents, river drownings, animal attacks, lightning strikes, lost hikers, and deaths while hiking or scrambling, the book covers such infamous incidents as the airplane laden with 5,000 pounds of marijuana that crashed at Lower Merced Pass Lake in 1977. About a ton of the cargo was "salvaged" by locals and visitors before authorities could intercede.
Suicides accounted for 60 of the deaths, while homicides number 44. This book reflects exhaustive research and concludes with a chapter entitled “What Can We Learn From All of This?”
: 608 pages
: Michael P. Ghiglier and Charles R. Farabee, Jr.
: Puma Press
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