These Climbers Watched The Rocks Fall Twice In Yosemite

The pair, found with climbing equipment, are believed to have been scouting out the ascent from a trail when the granite sheet measuring about 40m (131ft) by 20m (65ft) fell shortly before 14:00 local time (21:00 BST) on Wednesday.

Another set of climbers watched both rockfalls go down on the "Waterfall Route", located on what is known as the East Buttress of El Capitan.

"The area is not closed; it's still handsome weather, so people are climbing", he said.

Yosemite National Park has had another massive rock fall a day after a slab dropped from El Capitan, killing a British climber and injuring a second. The simple answer is anytime you have sheer rock walls, something is bound to fall.

"It was quiet and dusty", says Beau Skalley, a climber from San Diego spending time in the park. But fatalities are rare.

Officials say many climbers were on El Capitan when the rock fall happened.

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Gediman says the injured person was being taken to a hospital near the park.

San Jose State professor Kim Blisniuk, whose job is to study natural hazards around the world, says that water, climate change and even small earthquakes are factors in these rock slides. "We don't see a strong link between climbing and rock falls". This comes after two consecutive days of rockslides at Yosemite.

Andrew Foster and his wife Lucy were nearing the end of a three-week trip to the California park and sizing up their toughest hike yet on the El Capitan monolith when Andrew was crushed to death Wednesday. "Let's go!' and at the same time my husband reached up and he was like 'Oh, my head, my head" because it was bleeding profusely and hurting".

"We are a young married couple who enjoy nothing more than getting out and having adventures in the mountains together", they wrote.

He said Wednesday he did not know who was killed and injured and did not immediately respond Thursday to phone and email messages seeking updated information. The biggest recent rock fall occurred in 1996 in the Happy Isles area. The park said at least 30 climbers were on the formation Wednesday during the deadly rock fall.


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