Climber killed in park rock fall

Image copyright Facebook | Andrew and Lucy Foster Image caption Mr Foster, who moved to Cardiff for university, was a sales representative for the purposes of an outdoor garment conglomerate

A climber from Wales has been killed by a rock fall in Yosemite National Park in California.

Andrew Foster, 32, originally from Cheltenham, was captured while his wife, Lucy, 28, was gravely hurt when rocks fell off El Capitan.

Park ranger Scott Gediman said it was a lamentable situation of “wrong place, incorrect time” for the Cardiff couple.

Mrs Foster remains in a “critical condition” after being airlifted from the downfall, park officials said.

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Media captionTourists captivated more rock-and-roll descends eventually that afternoon

The El Capitan rock formation is the world’s largest granite monolith and one of the best-known landmarks in Yosemite.

The pair, detected with climbing paraphernalium, are believed to have been scouting out the ascending from a path when a “sheet” of granite plummeted from a height of 200 m( 656 ft ).

It happened shortly before 14:00 local meter( 21:00 BST) on Wednesday.

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Media captionPeter Zabrok was on El Capitan when the first stone descend happened on Wednesday

“With all the craziness I don’t precisely know where they were going but likelihoods are they were going up, ” announced Mr Gediman.

“From what I understand the latter are buried in rock-and-roll … they were subdued by descending rocks.”

Mr Foster proposed to his wife in the Alps in 2015 and the couple married last year.

They hovered out for the expedition from Heathrow Airport on 11 September and had expended 2 week at the national park.

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Media captionYosemite park ranger Scott Gediman told BBC Radio Wales it was a sad statu of “wrong place, incorrect time”

They posted photos and films on their Facebook sheets presenting their plannings and training ahead of the journey to Yosemite.

Mr Foster went to Cleeve School in Bishop’s Cleeve, Gloucestershire, before going to Cardiff University in 2003 to examine engineering.

In 2006 he began working for the Cardiff-based outdoor work browse Up and Under, before joining the international busines Patagonia.

Up and Under supposed: “His passion for the outdoors, and mountains in particular, was enormous and infectious.”

A Patagonia spokesman added: “He was a much-loved member of our unit and a enthusiastic climber, mountaineer and skier who loved is available on the outdoors.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife Lucy and their families.”

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Media captionFootage of a further rock sink at Yosemite National Park this week

Paying tribute on Facebook, Mr Foster’s friend Jess Spate remarked: “Everyone who clambered with him will recollect his good humour and his unrivalled sense of adventure.”

Mrs Foster is originally from Staffordshire and went to school in Market Drayton in nearby Shropshire.

She investigated ecology at Cardiff University from 2008 and works for the international engineering company AECOM.

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