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Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 8, 2011 - 11:57pm PT
We lost a really terrific young man yesterday. Zachary Parke who posts here sometimes as squatch was killed by a car while on his bike in Santa Cruz. If you did not know him, look back through his posts and you will see a really talented climber with a great passion for getting out there and climbing hard routes. He was one of those young guys who loved climbing the old-school valley lines. He was the real deal as a climber. Whenever I talked to Zach it made me remember that time in my life when all I wanted to do was climb.

He was also one of the nicest people I've ever known. It is hard to really believe he is gone. As is the case with all special folks like Zach, he left some really good friends behind. My deepest condolences to them.

Farewell Zach

This shot showed up on ST when someone found the camera Zach and Sebastian had lost. They posted up a photo looking for the owner.

Zachary Parke &#40;right&#41; and Sebastian on the NW Face of Half Dome
Zachary Parke (right) and Sebastian on the NW Face of Half Dome
Credit: Sebastian

Wade Icey

Trad climber
Jun 8, 2011 - 11:59pm PT

and the rest of us...watch out for bikes please..
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jun 9, 2011 - 12:00am PT
sad news indeed
too young
much too young

his party, a star on El Cap Feb 12, 2011...


A long way from where I started
Jun 9, 2011 - 12:00am PT

Wish I'd known him.

hanging from an ice pick and missing my mama.
Jun 9, 2011 - 12:03am PT
Sad news. Too many of the best leave early.

Our condolences,
Anastasia and Bill Sherman

Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Jun 9, 2011 - 12:09am PT
That sux.
We can use as many good folks as we can hang onto!
Condolences to his family and friends.

Jun 9, 2011 - 12:19am PT
far too young
kind regards to his family

Jun 9, 2011 - 12:23am PT
Hit and run. Story & some photos here:
Warning, very sad.

My best wishes for his family and friends.

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jun 9, 2011 - 01:34am PT
damnit. RIP buddy.
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 9, 2011 - 01:44am PT
Very sad news.

There but for luck go the many of us who've had close calls with vehicles while riding bicycles.

I often wondered what "squatch" stood for, maybe some short form of sasquatch? He was a lively climber, and contributor here. Another thread he clearly was into is at http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1296541/Half-Dome-Reggae-Route-Appreciation-Thread
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 9, 2011 - 01:49am PT
Zack had a nice trip report after doing the Ho Chi Minh Trail

Stephen McCabe

Trad climber
near Santa Cruz, CA
Jun 9, 2011 - 01:57am PT
One of the nicest people around. Positive, upbeat. A very skilled climber, but not pretentious at all. He was friends with climbers of all skill levels. A great guy. Many, many people will be affected. Words just aren't enough.

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jun 9, 2011 - 02:08am PT
sorry Santa Cruz guys. sounds like the scruz scene lost a good one.


Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 9, 2011 - 02:31am PT
My condolences to all his pals in Santa Cruz. I can remember some of those TRs. He must of been a great guy. Really sorry for your loss.
Jake M.

Trad climber
Aptos, CA
Jun 9, 2011 - 02:55am PT
This is really sad. I have an awesome custom chalkbag he made, and will think of him whenever I rope up. RIP my friend.

Jun 9, 2011 - 02:59am PT
Credit: Mittens
Credit: Mittens
Credit: Mittens
Credit: Mittens
RIP Zach. I love and miss you. Thanks for all of those awesome experiences in the Valley.
John Moosie

Beautiful California
Jun 9, 2011 - 03:09am PT
Aw man thats hard. I didn't know him but I definitely enjoyed his trip reports. I send my prayers for his friends and family.

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Jun 9, 2011 - 03:39am PT
Such sad news.. condolences to Zach's Friends and Family.

Fair winds....
Buenos aires...


Social climber
the Cruz of Santa, CA
Jun 9, 2011 - 04:59am PT
i still can't believe this. zach, you were not only loved, but looked up to by so many people. thanks for being an inspiration to us all, and the best damn beer buddy i've ever had.

all my love.

thank you mike, mark, and everybody else for the posts.

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jun 9, 2011 - 08:02am PT
Wow, how sad. Really really sorry to hear this. My condolences to all Zach's family and friends.

You could feel the good vibes coming off the guy in his posts here.

Climb on Zach.
Credit: survival
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