UK climber in tragedy planned dream trip

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

Speak­ing on Thurs­day, Scott Ged­i­man, from the park, said: “From what I un­der­stand they were buried un­der rock... They were crushed by fall­ing rocks.”

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.

An­drew Fos­ter was killed in a rock fall in Yosemite.

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