Hiker Proposes to Girlfriend, Then Falls to His Death at Yosemite Park

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park


*An experienced climber fell to his death while hiking at Yosemite National Park in California. It was on the same day that he proposed to his girlfriend, according to a newspaper report.

Brad Parker, 36, of Sebastopol, CA and his girlfriend, Jainee Dial, had climbed to the top of Cathedral Peak on Saturday. On that trip, Dial accepted a marriage proposal from Parker.

According to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Parker set out alone later that day to scale Matthes Crest a few miles away. It was there that other climbers saw him fall from a granite crest on Saturday evening.

On Sunday, park rangers found his body and removed it by helicopter, the newspaper reported .

A spokeswoman for Yosemite National Park did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Parker’s father, Bill Parker, told the Press Democrat his son called him after his girlfriend accepted his proposal and told him it was the “happiest day of his life.”

Bill Parker said he believes fatigue may have played a role in the death of his son, an experienced climber, after he climbed to Cathedral Peak and went on a run to Matthes Crest.


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