Even Bigger Rockfall Strikes El Capitan - 1 Injured

Climber crushed by Yosemite rockfall was on 'dream' trip with wife

Climber crushed by Yosemite rockfall was on 'dream' trip with wife

Ian Mort, 60, of Los Angeles, could smell the dust and he sat in jammed traffic after Thursday's rock fall as he headed into the park for his first trip, but he said he wasn't concerned. It was preceded by a 1999 rock fall that crushed a climber from Colorado.

"It was in the same location of the previous rock fall", Sheridan told The Associated Press by cellphone from the mountain. Park officials told tourists to use the Southside Drive to exit the valley, as the rockslide had closed down Northside Drive.

In 2013, a rock dislodged and severed the rope of a Montana climber scaling El Capitan.

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.

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He says freak accidents happen and he plans to head out for another climb Friday. Debris reached a road, so detour in place; drive with caution in Yosemite Valley. The woman, who also was struck by the falling granite, was identified as his wife Lucy Foster, 28. This time of year is peak climbing season in Yosemite.

Another man was injured Thursday when rock and rubble broke through the sunroof of his SUV, hitting him in the head. Another man suffered injuries and was hospitalized Thursday during a second rock fall, added The Fresno Bee.

Television images show Jim Evans of Naples, Fla., conscious and his wife holding a jacket around his bloody head. He too is recovering in a Modesto hospital.

But Thursday's slide was significantly bigger than the day before. Two other people were injured and one was killed in rockfalls.

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Longtime climbers of Yosemite National Park said Thursday they've never seen a rock fall like the one "the size of an apartment building" that plunged down the vertical face of El Capitan, killing a British climber and seriously injuring his British climbing partner.

The scientists are trying to determine how big the second rock fall was and how it happened.

One man was killed in the incident, a 32-year-old British tourist identified as Andrew Foster.

Two straight days of massive and risky rock falls at Yosemite National Park have left one person dead, two injured and mountain climbers stunned.

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Mountaineers from around the world travel to the park in the Sierra Nevada to scale El Capitan's sheer face.

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