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Climber witnesses another rock fall in Yosemite Monday

Courtesy: Peter Zabrok

Peter Zabrok narrowly missed the deadly rock slide in Yosemite in September.

Monday, he had another close call.

"I feel more scared now. I'm shaking again. I wonder if I'm tempting my fate," he said.

Zabrok, from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada was on his 59th climb of El Capitan when the most recent rock fall happened.

"We just watched another four houses fall off the part of the wall behind me you can see. It hit the base as you can see over my shoulder," he said, during a FaceTime interview while he was camped on the landmark. "I was thinking they were the size of houses. There was about four of them."

He says the rocks fell along the climbing route known as "Zenyatta Mondatta".

He says they fell into a "clean space" but "there was one climber at the base of the wall. The rock fall missed him by 100 feet."

Zabrok is about a week into this most recent hike, and hopes to finish in 4-5 days.

"I think of myself as a big wall camper than a big wall climber," he said, during a FaceTime interview while he was camped on the landmark.

"How else do you get these views of the meadows, the mountains, the sunset?" he said, as he panned the cell phone to show the surroundings. "We try to control the risk, but that’s part of the game, right. If there wasn’t risk, it wouldn’t be an adventure."


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