Yoshio Hosobuchi

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Yoshio Hosobuchi, a retired neurosurgeon from Novato, spent the past few years traveling with his wife as they crossed items off his bucket list. Last year, he hiked Kilimanjaro, and Wednesday the couple aimed to check off one more: the Subway Slot Canyon in Utah's Zion National Park.

But their daylong adventure ended in unimaginable tragedy. Hosobuchi, 74, lost consciousness and died after hanging upside-down overnight in a waterfall, unable to free a foot that became stuck as he rappelled down the canyon wall. The accident occurred Tuesday night, and Hosobuchi had died by the time park rangers arrived Wednesday morning.
Published in San Jose Mercury News on Sept. 21, 2012
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