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Veteran rock climber killed in fall in Yosemite

Brad Parker, seen climbing in Utah in 2013, was not using ropes when he fell.

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Brad Parker, seen climbing in Utah in 2013, was not using ropes when he fell.

SEBASTOPOL, Calif. — A veteran Northern California rock climber died in a fall in Yosemite National Park, just hours after proposing to his girlfriend during another climb, authorities said.

Brad Parker’s girlfriend, Jainee Dial, had accepted his marriage proposal Saturday after the couple reached the top of Cathedral Peak. His father, Bill Parker, said his son told him it that was ‘‘the happiest day of his life.’’

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Later in the day, Brad Parker headed off by himself to climb nearby Matthes Crest, a ridge of upturned rock about 3 miles from Cathedral Peak.

Then tragedy struck. Other climbers witnessed Parker fall about 5:45 p.m., Yosemite park ranger Kari Cobb said. Parker, 36, went climbing alone and without ropes and fell on an established route.

Park rangers hiked in and located Parker’s body, remaining with it overnight before a helicopter retrieved it.

Parker’s death was the second climbing death in Yosemite this year.

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