British climber who died in Yosemite rock slide saved his wife's life

British climber who died in Yosemite rock slide saved his wife's life

A Welsh climber killed by falling rock in Yosemite National Park this week reportedly died while trying to shield his wife.

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. There's no word on his condition.

DeGrazio said he had just guided a group to the top of the Half Dome rock formation a few miles (kilometers) when they looked across to El Capitan and saw large clouds of rock dust rising into the air.

"We'll all be thinking about it, that it's there, but it's in our nature to climb", he said.

Andrew Foster's death is the first fatality from a rockfall at the park in four years, according to park services.

Indeed, rockslides are a natural occurrence, and climbers need to be aware of the risks when they make an ascent.

A climber crushed during a rockfall at El Capitan while celebrating his one-year wedding anniversary used his body to shield his 28-year-old wife from the crumbling cliff side.

A preliminary estimate showed seven rockfalls from El Capitan's southeast face occurred Wednesday, amounting to about 1,300 tons of granite.

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His wife, Lucy, was seriously injured. But Gediman said all of the rock falls combined on Wednesday weighed 1,300 tons (1,100 metric tons).

"It was more significant than anything I've seen before", DeGrazio said.

Authorities say one person was killed and one was injured, and they are searching for more possible victims. Witnesses described the rockfall as being "the size of a 13-storey apartment building".

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

A giant chunk of white granite broke loose from the face of a mountain-climbing mecca in Yosemite National Park, killing one person and injuring another.

Andrew Foster, 32, was killed while preparing to ascend El Capitan, a 1100m granite monolith that attracts climbers from around the world, with wife Lucy.

It was not clear whether the two victims were climbers or tourists at the site during the height of the climbing season. Californian Chris Koenig said he visits Yosemite a lot.

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