In­jured Yosemite climber from Bri­tain re­cov­er­ing

Hus­band died shield­ing her from fall­ing gran­ite

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - THE WEST -

YOSEMITE NA­TIONAL PARK, Calif. — A Bri­tish climber who was in­jured last week by a fall­ing rock in Yosemite Na­tional Park that killed her hus­band is re­cov­er­ing, her fam­ily said.

Lucy Foster will re­turn home to the United King­dom once the hos­pi­tal’s trauma team clears her, the fam­ily said in a state­ment.

Lucy Foster and her hus­band, An­drew, were at the foot of El Cap­i­tan on Sept. 27 when a gi­ant slab of gran­ite about 12 sto­ries tall broke free and plunged down.

An avid climber, An­drew Foster, 32, had re­turned to Yosemite sev­eral times over the years to climb and ex­plore. Wit­nesses saw him run­ning back to pro­tect his wife, and he died while shield­ing her, his fam­ily said.

“While our loss is in­de­scrib­able, we are so proud of our brave boy in sav­ing Lucy,” they added.

The cou­ple lived in Cardiff, Wales, and de­scribed their love of the out­doors in a blog, Cam and Bear.

The fol­low­ing day, there was a sec­ond mas­sive rock fall in El Cap­i­tan, a 3,600-foot gran­ite mono­lith. A Florida man who was driv­ing out of the park was in­jured in that fall when a rock shat­tered the sun­roof of his SUV and hit him in the head.

Park ge­ol­o­gist Greg Stock said Yosemite typ­i­cally sees about 80 rock falls a year but that hasn’t de­terred climbers who flock to the famed rock for­ma­tion from around the world.

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