Yosemite climber died saving his wife from El Capitan rockfall

Laura Christensen
October 1, 2017

A climber who was killed by falling rocks at Yosemite National Park in California saved his wife's life, his aunt has said.

An enormous mass of granite plunged from the side of El Capitan on Thursday and filled the valley below with a cloud of dust.

Scott Gediman, a park ranger in Yosemite National Park said it was a tragic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. There's no word on his condition.

A climber who was above a deadly rockfall at Yosemite National Park says a hunk of granite "the size of an apartment building" fell off the mountainside.

"It was quiet and dusty", says Beau Skalley, a climber from San Diego spending time in the park.

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

A rock climber for five years Chloe Steindam says she has been to El Capitan and surrounding rock formations where hikers come from around the world to test their skills.

Evans' wife, Rachel Evans, told KSEE that the couple and two other relatives had ended a three-day visit to Yosemite and were leaving Thursday when the rock slide happened.

A wall of rock crashing down from the face of Yosemite's El Capitan.

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El Capitan, a granite monolith that stands at 3,000 feet, endured another fall the next day that totaled 30,500 tons.

DeGrazio says he's seen avalanches and rock falls in the past but that Wednesday's rock fall was "more significant than anything I've seen before". One person was hurt.

Zabor had just climbed the section that collapsed Thursday and was able to record video showing the massive dust cloud.

His wife, Lucy, was seriously injured in the rock fall.

Images showed a woman being carried into a helicopter by two rescue workers.

Wednesday's slide killed Andrew Foster, 32, of Wales, who was hiking with his wife at the bottom of El Capitan far from trails used by most Yosemite visitors, preparing to ascend El Capitan.

These climbers snapped photos from above during the incident.

The cracks and corners that make Yosemite granite so attractive to climbers is of course indicative of the fact that El Cap, Half Dome and the other formations are made of numerous pieces, sometimes deeply fissured.

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