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 An excerpt from an article on the Yosemite Search and Rescue Team:


Eric Gabriel hangs off the side of the mountain 2,700 feet above the ground. At this height he can only see  treetops, and they’re hazy at best. The air is still, the absence of sound, a bit unsettling, and the pressure of the equipment he has strapped to his body is playing with his equilibrium.
In less than an hour he’ll be forced to make a hard decision on this mountain.  He’ll ask his  teammates, feeding rope to him from the summit, for advice. The head of the Yosemite rescue unit, watching from the ground, will weigh in, too, but the final decision will be Gabriel’s.  No one will be happy with it...
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