55°
Cloudy
WED
 77°
 54°
THU
 72°
 54°
FRI
 77°
 54°
SAT
 68°
 47°
SUN
 71°
 43°

Extreme-sports writer dies while rock climbing in Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Officials at Yosemite National Park say a 45-year-old extreme-sports writer fell to his death rock climbing in Yosemite.

Authorities identified the victim on Thursday as Michael J. Ybarra, a freelance correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and a Los Angeles Times contributor.

Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb says Ybarra was climbing alone in the Sawtooth Ridge area on the border of the park and Mono County when he fell about 200 feet. He was reported missing by his family Sunday. A Mono County helicopter spotted his body on Tuesday. Cobb said park rescue crews retrieved the body Wednesday.

Ybarra is the second accidental fatality this year in the park. A ranger died when a tree fell onto his cabin in January. There were 14 fatalities in 2011.


© The Press Democrat |  Terms of Service |  Privacy Policy |  Jobs With Us |  RSS |  Advertising |  Sonoma Media Investments |  Place an Ad
Switch to our Mobile View