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Montana hiker dies in Yosemite rock climbing accident

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This April 2013 image shows Yosemite Valley at Yosemite National Park in California.AP

Authorities say a Montana man has died in a rock climbing accident as he tried to climb to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

A Yosemite park spokeswoman says 38-year-old Mason Robison was killed after a rock dislodged and severed his rope as he and a partner were about 2,300 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor.

Spokeswoman Kari Cobb says the two climbers were about 600 feet from the summit around 9:15 a.m. Sunday when Robison put a piece of gear into what's called a "flake" or a deep crack in a large rock that runs along the slope, when it dislodged and severed his line.

Robison fell about 230 feet, with the second line eventually stopping his fall, but leaving him dangling and hanging motionless.

Rescue teams were flown to the the summit of El Capitan, where rangers rappelled down and recovered Robison's body.

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