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Climber dies in Yosemite

A 36-year-old rock climber died Saturday after falling roughly 300 feet from a climbing route in Yosemite National Park, according to park spokeswoman Kari Cobb.

Brad Parker, of Sebastopol, was free soloing the Matthes Crest Traverse in the Tuolumne Meadows area of the park, Cobb said. Witnesses saw him fall at approximately 5:45 p.m.

Cobb said it was getting too dark for a helicopter to respond when the emergency call was received, so park rangers hiked into the area and stayed overnight until Parker’s body could be retrieved the next morning.

The body was flown out of the area by helicopter Sunday morning and transported to the Mariposa County Coroner’s Office.

Parker possessed multiple years of rock climbing experience, Cobb said.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported he’d earlier in the day climbed Cathedral Peak, about three miles away, with his girlfriend. The paper reported he’d proposed to his girlfriend at Cathedral Peak and she accepted.

This was the fourth accidental death in the park this year.

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