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Updated March 3, 2021 at 8:19 AM CT

They skied down Yosemite’s Half Dome

     Two skiers navigated a thin layer of snow - with no margin for error - down the precipitous shoulder of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park and alternately skied and rappelled back to the valley floor in an insanely dangerous feat.

 Jason Torlano, 45, and Zach Milligan, 40, completed the descent in five hours Sunday by carefully carving their way in crusty snow and using ropes to rappel several sections of bare rock known as the “death slabs” beneath the iconic face of Half Dome, per the Fresno Bee reported.

“I was just trying to stay in control and stay alive,” Milligan said. “You’re on that spine and you don’t have a lot of room for error.”

No one is known to have attempted the entire 4,800-foot descent from peak to valley. 

 “If you fall to your left or right, you’re definitely dead,” says JT Holmes, a professional free skier who’s a friend of Torlano. “If you fall down the middle, you have a small chance of not falling to your death—but it’s a maybe.” Snowboarder Jim Zellers is believed to have been the first to descend the 800-foot upper section on the shoulder of the dome in 2000.



Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News

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Attributes: AASNSports; FresnoBee


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