A Fresno man fell to his death while rock climbing in Yosemite National Park last weekend.
Cody Byers Long, 24, fell between 400 and 500 feet while rappelling down the face of Royal Arches, a climb near the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley, on Sunday afternoon, park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said.
Byers Long, who had previous climbing experience, fell about 3 p.m. Cobb said his body was retrieved the next day because it was near nightfall when emergency responders were alerted.
A National Park Service investigation of the accident should be complete within a couple weeks, Cobb said.
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After climbing, Cobb said Byers Long and his climbing partner decided to descend by rappelling instead of walking down from the summit. She said the climbing partner called 911 from the side of Royal Arches after seeing Byers Long fall.
Cobb said Yosemite averages between two and three climbing-related deaths in a year — a fraction of the 12 to 15 fatalities the park normally sees annually.