Respects to climber crushed by rock fall
Death: Man killed and wife in hospital after accident
Tributes have been paid to a British climber crushed to death by falling rocks at Yosemite National Park.
Andrew Foster, 32, 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 planning a dream adventure next year to travel around the Alps in a converted van.
The couple, who lived in Cardiff, ran their own blog Cam and Bear in which they described their love of the outdoors.
“We are a young married couple who enjoy nothing more than getting out and having adventures in the mountains together,” they wrote.
“We are not extreme athletes and describe ourselves simply as passionate weekend warriors.”
He had proposed to his wife, who is originally from Shropshire, during a skiing holiday in the Alps in 2015 and they married the following year.
Mr Foster, who grew up in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, before attending Cardiff University, worked for clothing company Patagonia and was previously employed by outdoor store Up and Under.
Staff at the Cardiff-based shop said in a statement: “Andy Foster was an inspirational member of the Up and Under family.
“He was a highly regarded member of staff for five years, before he took a job with Patagonia.
“He remained a dedicated friend of Up and Under, and was regularly to be found in the store. His passion for the outdoors, and mountains in particular, was enormous and infectious.”
Friend Jess Spate wrote on Facebook said: “Rest in peace Andrew Foster. Always cheerful, never a mean word to say about anyone, up for anything, anytime.
“There’s nobody I’d rather climb a rapidly thawing frozen waterfall with at 2am on a work night.
“Everyone who climbed with him will remember his good humour and his unrivalled sense of adventure.”
Mr and Mrs Foster, found with climbing equipment, are believed to have been scouting out the ascent from a trail when a “sheet” of granite around 40 by 20 metres plummeted from a height of 200 metres.
They are the only known casualties despite being with a group of other climbers when the series of collapses struck, but a search is continuing.
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.”
TRAGEDY: Andrew and Lucy Foster who were caught in a rock fall in Yosemite National Park in California, Mrs Foster is in a critical condition