One False Move | Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

September 9, 2014 1:54 PM

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Amidst all the other catastrophes going on in the world, the death of free-soloing rock climber, Brad Parker, caught my attention. I'm not sure his death would have captured the digital spotlight with everything else going on except for one tragic tidbit. After all, people who climb rocks without ropes have a tendency to fall and, sometimes, die; and while devastating to family, friends and those close to him, I'm not sure normally this story would have made it out of his hometown of Sebastopol, California or the relatively small (now smaller) community of rock climbing enthusiasts. What catapulted Brad Parker's death to the top of the news wave is the marriage proposal he made just hours before his death.

Appropriately, the proposal Brad Parker made to his girlfriend, Jainee Dial, took place last Saturday on top of Cathedral Peak in the Yosemite National Park. According to the news stories I read, the two descended after the proposal was accepted, and Parker decided to climb nearby Matthes Crest. Fly...

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