Updated 1 p.m. Friday with the identity of the fallen hiker.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — The hiker who fell to his death Monday while climbing the cables on the north side of Half Dome at Yosemite National Park has been identified as 29-year-old Asish Penugonda.
National Park Service spokeswoman Jamie Richards said he was an Indian national who had been living and working in the United States.
Friends set up a Go Fund Me campaign to help raise money for his funeral and to provide assistance for his family in India.
"Asish has been the epitome of character and a sunshine of positivity to everyone surrounding him," wrote his friend, Swamy Sagar Kottur. "The people who knew him would always remember the good he did and for the surreal strength of morality he has been when they need him. He will always be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers."