Yosemite climber hospitalized after 30-foot fall on Cathedral Spire

Lucy and Andrew Foster

FACEBOOK CLIMB Lucy and Andrew Foster were set to scale the famous El Capitan rock face

The rock falls came during the peak of the climbing season for El Capitan, with climbers from around the world trying their skill against the sheer cliff faces.

Geologists said Friday that there was no more danger than usual of another rock fall after two slides, one involving a slab of granite the size of a 36-story building, on the El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park.

The climbing community in the Bay Area is shaken up after two unsafe rock falls in Yosemite Valley this week.

Even with the rockfalls on Wednesday and Thursday, climbers are already harnessing-up to get back on the granite in the park. His wife, Lucy Foster, was injured and is recovering in a Modesto hospital.

"It's a lot like a lightning strike", said Alex Honnold, who made history June 3 for being the first to climb El Capitan alone and without ropes. Another man suffered injuries and was hospitalized Thursday during a second rock fall, added The Fresno Bee.

Staff at the Cardiff-based outdoor store Up and Under, where Mr Foster used to work, said on their return, the couple had meant to covert a van into a motorhome so that they could explore the European Alps for the next 12 months.

Andrew Foster
FACEBOOK EXHAUSTED Lucy had hours earlier posted

On Wednesday, a climber from Wales was killed and his wife seriously injured.

Yosemite National Park remains open and Gediman says visitor services have not been affected by the rockfalls over the past couple of days. It fell from 650 feet above the base of El Capitan, or about 1,800 feet above the floor of Yosemite Valley. It was preceded by a 1999 rock fall that crushed a climber from Colorado.

He says the massive rock fall was among seven that happened in the same general area during a four-hour period on Wednesday. But Gediman said all of the rock falls combined on Wednesday weighed 1,300 tons (1,100 metric tons).

Yosemite National Park's geologist has told The Associated Press there is no more danger than usual of another giant rock fall after two huge slides occurred this week on the famed El Capitan rock formation. He dived on top of me as soon as he could see what was going to happen.

Park officials say rockfalls are normal, but Skalley says he thinks rain and snow this month played a role in the fall.

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