Yosemite National Park, Calif. A renowned rock climber was killed when he fell 500 feet after taking a new route up a rock face in Yosemite National Park, a park spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Todd Skinner, 47, was rappelling when he fell to his death Monday on Leaning Tower, Adrienne Freeman said. It was not immediately clear why he fell.
Skinner, of Lander, Wyo., was celebrated for having climbed hundreds of rock faces from Yukon Territory to the Himalayas using a technique called free climbing, in which climbers use no artificial aids except for a rope to protect against falls.
Skinner, who wrote "Beyond the Summit," claimed to have set climbing records in 26 countries.