Backpackers this year were not fully prepared for how spectacular the spring runoff was. Although warned by rangers that Yosemite had one of the biggest snow packs of recent memory hikers are finding trails are especially muddy and slippery and two hikers have died trying to cross the bridge at Wapama Falls.
In fact this year has been a very deadly one with 18 deaths reported so far. Scientists say that the much higher than normal death count can’t be directly attributable to climate change but still they say that there will be a direct connection between changing temperatures and precipitation and the risk of visiting natural parks such as Yosemite.
A 2006 report NRDC found that higher temperatures were linked to a number of potentially dangerous conditions in our National Parks.
- Yosemite Claims 18th Casualty of 2011 (yosemite.lodgingandthingstodo.com)