Thanks, one of those people you "sat behind through high school" so we weren't close, but it's always sad to hear of a tragedy like this.
I did half dome year before last... beautiful last site to have before you meet the painter of that canvas.
when I did it I brought a UL climbing harness and "snake tongue" for retaining myself to the cables, was it necessary? no way! but for about 7 oz. it was a nice piece of mind to have.
that said it seems every year people get "summit fever" and take risk's maybe they shouldn't the year I went another person from I believe livermore (very close to san ramon, and my home in hayward) also fell to his demise on the dome, again in rainy weather. Always sad, but sometimes avoidable...
(the pic in my avatar is from that trip, BTW with the dome being just out of range on the right, it truly is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been)