British climber killed in Yosemite rock fall was planning dream holiday with wife

British climber Andrew Foster (Camandbear)

A British climber crushed to death by falling rocks at Yosemite National Park was planning a dream adventure with his wife.

Andrew Foster, 32, from Wales, was trapped when more than 1,000 tonnes of rock fell from the face of the El Capitan monolith on Wednesday.

Mr Foster and his wife Lucy, who was also injured in the incident, were leaving their home in Wales after Christmas to travel around the Alps for 12 months.

Earlier this month, Mrs Foster posted on Facebook a picture of her smiling husband standing in front of a white van they had just bought.

She wrote: ‘We’re moving out of our lovely house to live in a van for a year and travel around the Alps skiing climbing and being X-treme to the max! X

‘We’re not leaving until after Christmas.’

Mr Foster had proposed to his wife during a skiing holiday in the Alps in 2015 and they married the following year.

Tributes had been paid to Mr Foster on the Instagram account he shared with his wife.

‘So so sorry to hear the loss of Andrew. My heart is breaking for you and your family,’ one person wrote.

 

Other climbers posted the aftermath of another rockfall at Yosemite this week (instagram/ryansheridan)

A spokesman for the park confirmed Mr Foster’s identity.

His wife remains in hospital.

The pair are believed to have been scouting out the ascent from a trail when a ‘sheet’ of granite around 40 metres by 20 metres plummeted from a height of 200 metres.

Speaking on Thursday, Scott Gediman, from the park, said: “With all the craziness I don’t exactly know where they were going but chances are they were going up.

‘From what I understand they were buried under rock… They were crushed by falling rocks.’

He could not be specific about their injuries but said they were ‘consistent with tonnes of granite falling on you’.

They are the only known casualties despite being with a group of other climbers when the series of collapses struck, but a search is ongoing.

One witness, Mike Kane, tweeted that the collapse was “very loud”, adding it was a “miracle more (were) not hurt’.

Meanwhile, a second rock fall at the site in California on Thursday led to one injured person being airlifted to hospital – and other climbers posted pictures of the aftermath.

Mr Foster’s death is the first fatality from a rock fall in the park in four years.

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Prior to that, the last fatality involving a climber in a similar accident was in 1999.

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.’

Writing on Facebook, Mr Foster’s friend Jess Spate said: ‘Rest in peace Andrew Foster. Always cheerful, never a mean word to say about anyone, up for anything, anytime.

‘Never so much as a cross word even when he must have been as cold and tired as it’s possible to be while still walking.

The El Capitan monolith (Rex)

 

‘There’s nobody I’d rather climb a rapidly thawing frozen waterfall with at 2am on a work night.’

Mr and Mrs Foster ran their own blog, Cam and Bear, in which they described their love of the outdoors.

On it, they wrote: ‘We are a young married couple who enjoy nothing more than getting out and having adventures in the mountains together.’