Climber falls to death in Yosemite hours after proposing to girlfriend

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Matthes_crest_yosemiteYOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — The family of an avid mountain climber is grieving after the man fell hundreds of feet to his death in Yosemite National Park just hours after his girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal.

Brad Parker, 36, died when he fell from the face of Matthes Crest in Tuolumne Meadows, where he was climbing alone without ropes Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Earlier that day, Parker and his fiance had climbed the summit of Cathedral Peak, where he proposed, the paper reported.

Parker had told his father the good news.

“This is the happiest day of my life,” his dad, Bill, recalled his son telling him, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Parker set off on his own to climb Mathes Crest. Witnesses reportedly saw Parker fall about 300 feet about 5:45 p.m. The incident happened so late in the evening, a recovery team had to stay with the body overnight before it could be flown out by helicopter, said Kari Cobb, a park spokeswoman.


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