Authorities Identify 2 Yosemite Climbers Who Died After Falling From El Capitan

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Authorities identified two rock climbers who died after falling from the El Capitan granite cliff in Yosemite National Park on Saturday.

Tim Klein, 42, of Palmdale and Jason Wells, 46, of Boulder, Colo. were identified as the climbers, according to a National Park Service statement.

The El Capitan monolith in the Yosemite National Park on June 4, 2015. (Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

The El Capitan monolith in the Yosemite National Park on June 4, 2015. (Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Park rangers received multiple 911 calls at 8:15 a.m. regarding an incident at El Capitan, the Modesto Bee reported. When they arrived, rangers along with search and rescue personnel found the climbers’ bodies, according to the newspaper.

Park officials said the climbers had been attempting to climb the Freeblast Route, according to a post on the Mariposa Gazette’s Facebook page.

The investigation is ongoing and no further details were available, according to the National Park Service.

Saturday’s incident came nearly two weeks after a hiker fell to his death while ascending the Half Dome trail during thunderstorm activity, officials said.

KTLA’s Wes Woods II contributed to this story.

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