Veteran rock climber Brad Parker summited Cathedral Peak in Yosemite National Park with girlfriend Jainee Dial on Saturday, and then proposed. "This is the happiest day of my life," he told her when she accepted, according to his father. Then the couple parted ways, and tragedy struck. Parker, 36, intended to climb Matthes Crest, about three miles away. He was climbing alone, and without ropes, in the Tuolumne Meadows area when other climbers saw him fall around 5:45pm. His body was found by park rangers, and retrieved from the backcountry the next morning.
"What happened is so unbelievable," Parker's father tells the Press Democrat. The route he was on is not known to be particularly dangerous, and Parker was a careful and experienced climber, his dad says, theorizing that his son may simply have been too tired after already having climbed Cathedral Peak that day and then running to Matthes Crest. In Yellowstone National Park Sunday, an 8-year-old girl also fell to her death, the Raw Story reports. Zahra Allahyari was hiking along a popular path with her family when she accidentally stepped off a trail and lost her footing, plunging 550 feet. (Western Europe's tallest mountain recently saw its deadliest accident in two years.)