Killed Climber Was Following 'Big Dream' in Yosemite

Andrew Foster was crushed in a rockfall Wednesday
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2017 3:40 PM CDT
Killed Climber Was Following 'Big Dream' in Yosemite
Lucy and Andrew Foster were hit by falling rocks Wednesday in Yosemite.   (Instagram)

Andrew and Lucy Foster were "on a dream holiday"—a three-week trip to Yosemite from their home in Wales—to celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary when tragedy struck, the Guardian reports. A sheet of granite weighing more than 1,000 tons fell from a height of 650 feet Wednesday, killing 32-year-old Andrew and severely injuring 28-year-old Lucy. The British couple were at the base of El Capitan, likely preparing to scale the massive granite wall, when the rocks fell. A park ranger tells the BBC that Andrew and Lucy were in the "wrong place, wrong time." Lucy is still in critical condition in the hospital. People reports she has a fractured skull.

Andrew and Lucy loved outdoor adventures. They told friends it was a "big dream" to climb in Yosemite after already scaling the hardest rock faces the UK has to offer. “We are a young married couple who enjoy nothing more than getting out and having adventures in the mountains together," they wrote on their blog. Andrew's death was reportedly the first death related to a rockfall in Yosemite in 18 years. A second rockfall in Yosemite on Thursday injured one person. (Read more Yosemite National Park stories.)

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