Late last week, a series of rockfalls hit one of Yosemite’s most popular climbing destinations, El Capitan. The first of the falls, which occurred Thursday afternoon, killed one climber, Andrew Foster, and seriously injured his wife, Lucy Foster.
Over the weekend, details have been emerging on the Fosters, of Cardiff, Wales, and what happened when the couple was hit by the rockfall.
According to Wales Online, the Fosters were scouting the ascent of El Capitan when “a ‘sheet’ of granite around 40m by 20m plummeted from a height of 200m.”
Mrs. Foster spoke to her husband’s aunt, who told The Times, "She said: 'Andrew saved my life. He dived on top of me as soon as he could see what was going to happen. He saved my life'."
According to the BBC, Mrs. Foster was being treated for life-threatening injuries in an area hospital and had been told of her husband’s death.
The couple were avid outdoor enthusiasts, and ran their own blog, Cam and Bear, that detailed their adventures.
They were engaged in the French Alps in 2015, and married the next year.
Foster’s friends and family have expressed their sorrow and appreciation for the climber. One friend, Jess Spate, wrote on Facebook, “Rest in peace Andrew Foster. Always cheerful, never a mean word to say about anyone, up for anything, anytime.”