Yosemite climber Andrew Foster died saving wife from rockfall

Oct 01, 2017, 00:30
Yosemite climber Andrew Foster died saving wife from rockfall

A British climber saved his wife before being killed in a rock fall in Yosemite National Park.

A sheet of rock estimated as 130 feet tall and 65 feet wide fell Wednesday, killing Foster, according to Yosemite National Park Ranger Scott Gediman, reported the Associated Press.

As the tours continue around Yosemite National Park, visitor Becky Salzmann can't help to think of the Florida couple she helped comfort just a day ago.

This is the third incident in Yosemite this week, following two separate rock falls near El Capitan, located right across the river from the Higher Cathedral Spire, the report said. He says traffic on a road near the base of El Capitan has stopped. A natural part of erosion occurring over millennia, rock fall is unpredictable but often occurs during or after heavy rain or snow, like the unusally snowy 2017-18 winter. At the time, 30 climbers were on El Cap's walls, but no climbing injuries were sustained. Steindam says the chances are, "so low that I am not willing to give up climbing in Yosemite because there is a very slight possibility that might happen".

Zabor had just climbed the section that collapsed Thursday and was able to record video showing the massive dust cloud. But fatalities are rare.

"Yosemite is just a really active, wild place".

"I am a scientist, so I won't rule it out entirely", Stock said.

Staff at the Cardiff-based outdoor store Up and Under, where Mr Foster used to work, said on their return, the couple had meant to covert a van into a motorhome so that they could explore the European Alps for the next 12 months.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We're providing support and assistance to both families following this tragic event and remain in contact with local authorities".

In 2013, a rock dislodged and severed the rope of a Montana climber scaling El Capitan.

"The fact that these rockfalls did occur is not unusual in and of itself", Gediman says.

His wife, Lucy, was seriously injured in the rock fall.

Some climbers were stressed Friday as they weighed whether to take one of about 100 routes up El Capitan or do another big climb in the park, said Josh Edwards, 21, of Bend, Oregon.

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