Incredible video shows aftermath of Yosemite rock fall
A spokesman for the park confirmed Mr Foster’s identity, while his wife – who was also hiking – was injured and remains in hospital.
The pair, found with climbing equipment, are believed to have been scouting out the ascent from a trail when a “sheet” of granite the height of a 13-storey building — about 130ft long, 65 ft wide and in some sections 10ft thick — tore off the side of the mountain and fell from a height of 200 metres.
Scott Gediman, from the park, said: “With all the craziness I don’t exactly know where they were going but chances are they were going up.
Climber watches massive Yosemite collapse from above
“From what I understand they were buried under rock… They were crushed by falling rocks.”
He could not be specific about their injuries but said they were “consistent with tonnes of granite falling on you”.
They are the only known casualties despite being with a group of other climbers when the series of collapses struck, but a search is ongoing.
Park rangers tend to the injured after second rock slide at Yosemite
Rescue helicopter flies over scene of El Capitan rock fall tragedy at Yosemite National Park
Journalists reporting from the scene on the first collapse are reportedly helping those injured by the second fall.
This is the first death from a rock fall in the park in 18 years when another climber was killed, according to the parks service.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are in contact with the local authorities and providing assistance to both families at this very difficult time.”
One dead and one injured after rocks ‘the size of an apartment building’ tear off of famous El Capitan mountain and bury climbers
Witnesses described seeing a piece of granite “the size of an apartment building” fall from the mountain.
“I saw a piece of rock at least 100 feet by 100 feet suddenly just come peeling off the wall with no warning,” said Canadian climber Peter Zabrok, 57, who was scaling El Capitan and just above the rock fall.
Zabrok said he has climbed El Capitan dozens of times and has “never seen anything like this”.
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