A Rock Climber Is Lucky to Be Alive After Falling 80 Feet on Half Dome

August 16, 2022

A 21-year-old rock climber from New Zealand is recovering from a terrifying 80-foot fall on Yosemite’s Half Dome.

Anna Parsons was climbing the classic route Snake Dike on August 1 when she slipped and fell down the rock face. She broke nearly every major bone in her body, including her spine and pelvis. The damage to her left foot was irreparable, and Parsons opted to have it amputated shortly after the accident. She was awake and positive only 24 hours, and still in so much pain, but smiling, cracking jokes, laughing.  Outside