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Climber falls to death after marriage proposal: Brad Parker dies that night

Yosemite National Park.
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A climber falls to his death after a marriage proposal on the happiest day of his life. Brad Parker dies following a hike he took by himself to an upturned rock at Yosemite National Park. According to ABC News on Aug. 19, Parks was a veteran rock climber from North California. The events unfolded in the hours following a proposal he made to his girlfriend earlier that day while they were together at another climb.

Brad's girlfriend, Jainee Dial, said yes to his marriage proposal Saturday afternoon after they reached the top of Cathedral Peak. His father, Bill Parker, tells a local news source that it was the happiest day of his son's life.

After their romantic engagement, Brad Parker took off alone to climb Matthes Crest, a rocky ridge about three miles from Cathedral Peak.

Witnesses who spotted the climber before his death that evening -- saying he was climbing without ropes and fell on an "established route," according to the report citing Yosemite Park Ranger Kari Cobb.

When rangers hiked in to where Parker's body was at, they stayed with it overnight then were taken by helicopter the next day.

Brad's death is reportedly the second climbing death tat Yosemite in 2014. Cobb says that's the average yearly number.

Bill Parker thinks his son died from fatigue after the Cathedral Peak climb, as well as the run he made up to Matthes Crest.

Press Democrat reports that Brad Parker's ashes will be spread at different regions that he loved, such as Tuolumne Meadows area, the Pacific Ocean along the Sonoma Coast, and some in the ocean around Kauai; the Parkers relocated there eight months ago.

The climber's death after his marriage proposal to the woman he loved is hard to understand when it was the happiest day of his life and new adventures were about to launch.

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