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Calif. man killed in Zion was checking off 'bucket list'

Published: Friday, Sept. 21 2012 12:10 a.m. MDT

Rescuers swim through fast-flowing water channels in the Subway area of Zion National Park in 2011. A man who died while canyoneering in the popular Subway slot canyon Tuesday has been identified as a retired California neurosurgeon who was working on his Rescuers swim through fast-flowing water channels in the Subway area of Zion National Park in 2011. A man who died while canyoneering in the popular Subway slot canyon Tuesday has been identified as a retired California neurosurgeon who was working on his "bucket list." (Anthony Dunster)

ZION NATIONAL PARK — A man who died while canyoneering in the popular Subway slot canyon Tuesday has been identified as a retired California neurosurgeon who was working on his "bucket list."

Yoshio Hosobuchi, 74, of Novato, Calif., was traveling with his wife checking off "bucket list" items, including a trip through the Subway. Hosobuchi had successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last year, but had only been canyoneering once before, said Zion spokeswoman Alyssa Baltrus.

Hosobuchi chose an anchor on the route's final rappel that took him down a waterfall rather than on the prescribed route, Baltrus said. During the descent, his device jammed and he was stuck upside down in the fall and was unable to free himself or pull himself upright. His wife had descended first and was unable to help from the ground.

Hosobuchi's wife was found by searchers the next day after the overdue couple was reported missing.

Many of us have “bucket lists” — things we dream of doing before we die," said Zion Superintendent Jock Whitworth. "However, many of these are often risky or require a skill level that we do not have. It is so sad that something on this gentleman’s bucket list contributed to the tragic loss of his life.”

McKenzie Romero

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