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Welsh climber killed in Yosemite tried to save wife

Welsh climber killed in Yosemite tried to save wife

"If you are looking at solid steep rock, particularly granite slopes, then there's pretty good chance chunks of that may not be able to resist the seductive pull of gravity and come hurtling down", said DeGraff.

Tonight, there are still road and trail closures in effect following Wednesday and Thursday's huge rock falls onto people in the valley below.

"There is an essence of risk assessment", Moore said as he looks at the section of El Capitan that fell.

Park spokesman Scott Gediman says one injured person was airlifted to a hospital.

'Andy and Lucy's intentions upon returning from Yosemite were, with the help of Andy's father, to covert a van into a motorhome to enable them to explore the European Alps for the next 12 months. He estimates 30 or more climbers were on the wall at the time, but he could not confirm injuries or the size of the rock fall.

The slab was about 130 feet (40 metres) tall and 65 feet (19 metres) wide and fell from the popular "Waterfall Route" on the East Buttress of El Capitan, Gediman said.

"It's that kind of random kind of stuff that happens here in the park. doesn't seem to have dissuaded people from visiting", she said. Rescuers found no other victims.

In fact, in the past 150 years, there have been a thousand major rock falls - about 7 a year.

On Wednesday pieces of a massive rock killed Andrew Foster of Whales, 32, and seriously injured his wife.

Zaybrok said he would be dead if he'd been climbing at his usual leisurely pace.

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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".

Hayden Jamieson plans to head up the giant El Capitan rock formation on Saturday.

This version corrects that DeGrazio saw the cloud of rock dust from the top of the Half Dome rock formation, not from the top of El Capitan.

The park is taking precautionary measures and closely monitoring El Capitan, the site of those rockfalls.

No climbers were caught up in the rockfall Thursday.

According to Park Rangers, a rock climber has fallen from Higher Cathedral Spire in Yosemite.

She says no one else in the auto was injured.

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

He and a geologist from the United States Geological Services are studying the monolith after this week's rock falls killed one person and injured two others. Officials say many climbers were on El Capitan when the rock fall happened. "Which is why you end up getting repeated rockfall from the same area once it gets started", said DeGraff.


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