Rocker Climber Dies Hours After Girlfriend Accepts Wedding Proposal

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A 36-year-old California man fell to his death in Yosemite National Park last weekend just hours after his girlfriend accepted his wedding proposal.

Brad Parker, a yoga instructor and veteran rock climber from Sebastopol, proposed to his girlfriend Jainee Dial at the summit of Cathedral Peak on Saturday.

“This is the happiest day of my life,” Parker told Dial, according to his father Bill Parker.

The pair separated so that Parker could climb Matthes Crest alone, without ropes. Climbers witnessed him fall from the granite crest which is up to 500 feet high. It was shortly before 6 p.m.

His body was later recovered by park rangers Sunday morning.

His friends and family are stunned at the loss.

He was “an amazing human being,” his friend Sarah McKay said. “Eternally positive... His whole life was about getting out and enjoying the world.”

“He was all about fitness and spirituality,” said his uncle, Kit Kersch. “He did more in his 36 years than most people do in 75 or 80 years of life.”

“We're all so stunned,” his father told the Press Democrat. “What happened is so unbelievable.”

His family hiked Cathedral Peak in his memory.

“It’s the only closure we’re able to get,” Bill Parker said.

Sources: Daily Mail, Press Democrat

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