Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Two climbers died this morning after falling from El Capitan

Two climbers didn't survive a fall in Yosemite National Park, according to the National Park Service.

Yosemite National Park officials report that two plunged from El Capitan this morning marking the second time in almost two weeks that climbers fallen to their death.

The two men are Jason Wells, 46, of Boulder, Colo.; and Tim Klien, 42, from Palmdale, Calif.

They fell while climbing the Freeblast Route at around 8:15 a.m. local time (1515 UTC), the National Park Service said in a statement.

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Park officials said the climbers had been attempting to climb the Freeblast Route, according to a post on the Mariposa Gazette's Facebook page.

Earlier in May, a famed rock climber also fell while climbing The Nose of El Capitan.

It was the second fatal incident in Yosemite National Park in a little over a week.

Just last month, another climber, 29-year-old Asish Penugonda from India, fell to his death on Monday, May 21, as reported here.

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