Incident:Gear Stolen in Yosemite Falls (Upper) 2018/10/12

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Incident:Gear Stolen in Yosemite Falls (Upper) 2018/10/12
Date 2018/10/12
Location Yosemite Falls (Upper)
Severity Gear loss
Canyoneering-related Yes
SAR involvement No
Navigation problem No
Environmental problem No
Communication problem No
Planning problem No
Skills problem No
Body movement problem No
Rigging problem No
Rappel problem No
Insufficient gear No
Gear failure No


Gear Stolen


We had stashed much of our technical gear at top of Yosemite falls late Friday night. Some of the gear that was hidden just off the trail near the observation deck was gone the next morning (2 sets of vertical gear, 2 helmets, 200ft rope and backpack). Fortunately one of the 600ft ropes was only carried a couple hundred feet away and dropped, otherwise we would not have been able to do this descent. Most of my gear I stashed beyond the railing, hidden behind boulder in a much more exposed position, was not touched. That allowed me to rig on Saturday and 2 others to descend, then the other 3 members got to descend on Sunday and tear down. But they had to hike back down to the valley Saturday and retrieved more gear from our vehicles to make this work.