Climber dies from fall in Yosemite after proposing to girlfriend

A climber (top right) traverses Matthes Crest in Yosemite National Park in 2006. Brian Zambrano/Flickr

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- A Bay Area man died while rock climbing in Yosemite National Park shortly after his girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal, CBS San Francisco reports.

Brad Parker, a veteran rock climber and Sebastopol resident, was killed after falling from a climb along Matthes Crest, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Parker, 36, had completed a climb to the summit of Cathedral Peak where he proposed to his girlfriend Jainee Dial. She accepted his proposal, but the couple separated as Parker went to climb along Matthes Crest by himself.

Yosemite Park Ranger Kari Cobb told the Press Democrat that Parker was climbing alone and without ropes on the granite crest when other climbers saw him fall around 5:45 p.m.

This was the second climbing death in Yosemite this year.

According to the Associated Press, Parker appeared on the cover of California Climber magazine in 2012. He worked as a yoga instructor.

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