Re­spects to climber crushed by rock fall

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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.”

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