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Experienced rock climber dies after proposing to girlfriend

Experienced Rock Climber Dies After Proposing To Girlfriend

Brad Parker, 36, had just proposed to his girlfriend hours before falling to his death during a hike at Yosemite National Park.

The experienced rock climber and yoga instructor went climbing alone Saturday when he fell 300 feet.

According to The Press Democrat, Parker had been climbing since 1996, making his death an even bigger surprise to his family.

A park ranger said he was climbing without ropes and other climbers said they saw Parker fall just before 6pm.

Before his tragic death, Parker and his girlfriend, Jainee Dial, climbed to the summit of Cathedral Peak where he proposed to her. He told her it was the happiest day of his life.

This is the second climbing death in the park this year. His family said they plan to cremate him and spread his ashes at Yosemite, Sonoma coast and in Hawaii.

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bbh907 August 19 2014 at 5:40 PM

How very sad! Condolences to his family and his fiance.

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domingbfan August 19 2014 at 7:35 PM

what a twisted mess some of you people are.

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teacher1966 August 19 2014 at 7:14 PM

I knew there had to be at least one stupid, heartless, ignorant comment here.

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BRILLIANT ONE teacher1966 August 19 2014 at 10:29 PM

I feel sorry for the guy but why was he climbing without ropes!!

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angelo65 August 19 2014 at 9:21 PM

Marriage is a long, slow and painful death anyway...

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swimdude1978 angelo65 August 20 2014 at 10:31 AM

Yes, he got it over with quickly...

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djpalmerhouse@ce August 19 2014 at 7:52 PM

I can't ever remember a free climber who simply retired from the sport. Ways to die are everywhere...why go out and look for one. Same goes for Everest climbers. Is this sense of accomplishment really worth the risk of dying for? Apparently so. I'll take my chances on the freeway, thanks.

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Brian Workman djpalmerhouse@ce August 19 2014 at 8:41 PM

To retire you must die by falling and come to a sudden stop!

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skyofblue17 djpalmerhouse@ce August 20 2014 at 3:52 AM

I think they get addicted to it.

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steel_nuts August 19 2014 at 6:54 PM

That is why it is called SAFETY GEAR DUH

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smitty39168 August 19 2014 at 6:04 PM

Well you tempt fate once too often and this is the result.

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belldn3 August 19 2014 at 10:52 PM

He died doing what he loved.

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donstillings August 19 2014 at 6:16 PM


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Patrick donstillings August 19 2014 at 7:53 PM


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jag4metoo August 20 2014 at 1:44 PM

how sad condolences to his family and fiance

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