Climber Dies During Free Solo in Tuolumne Meadows

Rock and Ice report that a climber attempting a free solo in Tuolumne Meadows has died after a fall.

Brad Parker died in a fall on Saturday, August 16, while climbing Matthes Crest in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite, California.  The Press Democrat reports that Parker was attempting to free-solo the Matthes Crest Traverse (5.7) a large fin of granite rising 500 feet that traverses for half a mile.

Climbers saw Parker fall at approximately 5:45 p.m., reports the Democrat.  A rescue ensued and Yosemite Park Rangers located Parker’s body that night, and on Sunday morning a helicopter airlifted the body out of the backcountry.

Parker was reportedly a very experienced climber from Sebastopol, California, that worked as a yoga instructor and deep tissue masseuse. He was 36 years old.

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