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Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 8, 2011 - 08:57pm 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 (right) 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
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Jun 8, 2011 - 08:59pm PT
RIP


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

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jun 8, 2011 - 09:00pm PT
sad news indeed
too young
much too young

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



Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jun 8, 2011 - 09:00pm PT
R.I.P.

Wish I'd known him.
Anastasia

climber
hanging from an ice pick and missing my mama.
Jun 8, 2011 - 09:03pm PT
Sad news. Too many of the best leave early.

Our condolences,
Anastasia and Bill Sherman
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Jun 8, 2011 - 09:09pm PT
That sux.
We can use as many good folks as we can hang onto!
Condolences to his family and friends.
gf

climber
Jun 8, 2011 - 09:19pm PT
far too young
kind regards to his family
gf
QITNL

climber
Jun 8, 2011 - 09:23pm PT
Hit and run. Story & some photos here:
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_18230663
Warning, very sad.

My best wishes for his family and friends.
CPorter

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jun 8, 2011 - 10:34pm PT
damnit. RIP buddy.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 8, 2011 - 10:44pm 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 8, 2011 - 10:49pm PT
Zack had a nice trip report after doing the Ho Chi Minh Trail

[quote]http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Ho-Chi-Minh-Trail-6-20-10/t10673n.html[/quote]
Stephen McCabe

Trad climber
near Santa Cruz, CA
Jun 8, 2011 - 10:57pm 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.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jun 8, 2011 - 11:08pm PT
sorry Santa Cruz guys. sounds like the scruz scene lost a good one.

RIP
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 8, 2011 - 11:31pm 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 8, 2011 - 11:55pm 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.
Mittens

climber
Jun 8, 2011 - 11:59pm 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

climber
Beautiful California
Jun 9, 2011 - 12:09am 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.
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Jun 9, 2011 - 12:39am PT
Such sad news.. condolences to Zach's Friends and Family.

Fair winds....
Buenos aires...



Muddud

Social climber
the Cruz of Santa, CA
Jun 9, 2011 - 01:59am 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.
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jun 9, 2011 - 05:02am 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
cowpoke

climber
Jun 9, 2011 - 05:50am PT
I've really enjoyed all of the wonderful adventures he and his friends shared here. My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.
jfailing

Trad climber
Lone Pine
Jun 9, 2011 - 06:42am PT
This is terrible news. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

I met him on Serenity/Sons and he seemed like a way cool dude. Very sad to see him go. RIP.
neversummer

Trad climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
Jun 9, 2011 - 07:21am PT
Sorry for the loss...RIP
numchuk

climber
Jun 9, 2011 - 07:56am PT
I met Zach randomly when I gave him a ride to the valley in 2007. A truly positive person, and great climber.
Zach on the first pitch of central pillar.
Zach on the first pitch of central pillar.
Credit: numchuk
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 9, 2011 - 08:57am PT
I knew Zach a little over the years, and was lucky to have climbed with him a couple of times. Thanks to everyone who has posted, it means a lot to see how much a friend was appreciated.
steve
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jun 9, 2011 - 09:06am PT
Way sad, too young may he rest in peace.
Sashita

climber
San Francisco, CA
Jun 9, 2011 - 09:21am PT
We weren't friends, but I really liked you. One of those people you are aware of. Just exuded warmth and enthusiasm for climbing. Pacific Edge was a sad, sad place last night, and will be hurting for some time, Zach. This is going to be a hard one, for so many. Even those who hardly had a conversation with you, like me. It's hard not to feel angry and heartbroken about this. You will be missed.
murcy

Gym climber
sanfrancisco
Jun 9, 2011 - 09:38am PT
Senseless and horrible. Props to all the friends and family who helped make his short life so full and happy.
jwh

climber
Jun 9, 2011 - 10:32am PT
Credit: jwh
on the rostrum
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Jun 9, 2011 - 11:04am PT
Stay close, Amigos.
Raf

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Jun 9, 2011 - 11:05am PT
RIP Zach. You are the man. "Squatch" was from his nickname "Zachsquatch"(I might be the only one that called him that, not sure..). We were climbing with our other friend Zach Miller at Donner Summit and he saw the other Zach standing in the bushes off at a distance looking like a strange beast so Zach Parke said "Sasquatch!" and we all heard it as "Zachsquatch". Miller moved away so I started calling Parke that name. He was always the coolest nicest guy on the trip. Always positive, psyched to climb anything at any time. One of a kind. You will be missed Zachsquatch.
sullly

Trad climber
Jun 9, 2011 - 11:08am PT
My heart goes out to all he touched.
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Jun 9, 2011 - 11:13am PT
Oh No, this is just terrible.
I can only try to be glad for finally having gotten to know him.
Such a sweet guy.
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Jun 9, 2011 - 11:27am PT
way sweet! good moves and freakin tall.

May 31, 2011 - 12:36pm PT
freakin sweet! i love the delirium, always gives me some sick satisfaction
May 18, 2011 - 10:17am PT
looks like around pitch 10 on Mescalito. RAD!!!

this seems like it would work. sh#t i'd try it.
May 9, 2011 - 07:09pm PT
sweet video. sweet place. thanks!
May 8, 2011 - 05:34pm PT
good stuff.

karma will smile on you.
Apr 19, 2011 - 10:44am PT
heal up Sasha!
you have many great friends giving you support
i didn't have an actual camera on the wall but i got this phone picture which gives an idea of how it looks from up there.

this was taken pretty high (second to last pitch). It was even more amazing the day before looking from the base of the gray circle.
photo not found
Missing photo ID#205574


I could go on and on poaching his posts but the positive vibe he had was amazing. Thoughts and Prayers to his family and friends.

RIP
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Jun 9, 2011 - 11:27am PT
All I shared with him is the brotherhood of being a "Zach" and climbing, but I noticed him as a positive poster here. As a bicyclist I also feel for him. There is nothing to say other than we need to look out for everybody on the road.
Jay Wood

Trad climber
Land of God-less fools
Jun 9, 2011 - 11:35am PT
So sad.

My condolences to Zach's family and friends.

Remember, it's a lethal weapon you're driving.
le_bruce

climber
Oakland, CA
Jun 9, 2011 - 11:48am PT
No one should die alone in the dark at the side of the road. Hit and run. Senseless, just senseless.

I keep coming back to this thread, looking for a new feeling to wash out the anger.

RIP Zach. Condolences to family and friends.

I apologize if I'm darkening this thread, will probably end up deleting. The fury is just where I'm at right now.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jun 9, 2011 - 11:56am PT
TERRIBLE news... Condolences to his family and freinds...
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jun 9, 2011 - 11:59am PT
Ah, man. This really sucks.

Rest in peace, bro...God bless!

jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 9, 2011 - 12:00pm PT
Bruce
I talked to a couple of his friends yesterday who felt as you did. Zach was so young and the way he died he was so wrong for a life with so much promise, that anger, bitterness and sadness are very natural reactions.
For his friends, what remains is to come together to grieve for him, and celebrate his life. Damm it hurts right now.

steve
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Jun 9, 2011 - 12:22pm PT
There's a phenomenon in Santa Cruz that's sort of the reverse of a Youth
Climbing league.
Young hot climbers are sweetly encouraging to and supportive of comparative
geezers who are either still on their way up (yes, late starters) or on
their way up again (at a lower level) or trying to deteriorate as slowly
as they can...
Zach was a big part of that. So stoked to see people doing well and having
fun, totally regardless of numbers or resumes.
A Mentor, more or less a third of my age.
billygoat

climber
Pees on beard to seek mates.
Jun 9, 2011 - 12:23pm PT
It's a really hard time right now. It's almost impossible to comprehend what's happened. I bugged Zach all fall and early winter to make me a custom crash pad--his pads were legendary around Santa Cruz. He made me the best pad ever--fit perfectly to the back of my matrix to double as a bed. Turns out that's the last pad he ever made. There's so many ways to remember him, and I've been hearing some incredible stories--Elliot shared some especially emotional and hilarious accounts of Zach's shenanigans last night. I feel honored to have a personal memento to remember him by. Every time I go on a road trip or go bouldering, I'll be thinking of his fine spirit.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 9, 2011 - 12:29pm PT

One of Zach's crash pads. Note the "P" in the corner. They are all min...
One of Zach's crash pads. Note the "P" in the corner. They are all minor works of art.
Credit: Mike Bolte
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 9, 2011 - 12:32pm PT
Hey Scuffy, yeah that goes for me too - I'm twice as old as Zach, and it was always about the climbing and not people's age.
Billy Goat: Elliot had me in stitches too yesterday, all of us who ever had enormous penis' etched in the dirt on our cars know what you mean.

steve
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 9, 2011 - 12:47pm PT
yup scuffy nails it again.

squatch cranking at the Pacific Edge
squatch cranking at the Pacific Edge
Credit: Mike Bolte
enjoimx

Trad climber
Kirkwood, CA
Jun 9, 2011 - 01:18pm PT
RIP. Seemed like a good guy. Really sad news.
Mittens

climber
Jun 9, 2011 - 04:49pm PT
Credit: Mittens
Credit: Mittens
Credit: Mittens
Credit: Mittens
Credit: Mittens
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
WA, & NC & Idaho
Jun 9, 2011 - 05:00pm PT
I'm sorry to zach's friends and family for your loss, he looks like a great friend to have had. Wish I knew him!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jun 9, 2011 - 05:26pm PT
I'm sorry to zach's friends and family for your loss, he looks like a great friend to have had. Wish I knew him!


I'll second that. He seemed like a really fun, cool guy to be around.

I didn't know him either, unfortunately, but it's kinda weird how his passing touched me. I've been thinking about this all day at work. I was unproductive and a bit confused all day. This happened, but it's something that seemed so senseless. It's different than losing a member of the tribe whilst climbing.

This really sucks and hurts me. Rest in peace, Zach. You had style!
seth kovar

climber
Reno, NV
Jun 9, 2011 - 05:42pm PT
Peace man, rest easy.

Sad, sad news.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 9, 2011 - 08:03pm PT
Credit: Eric Williams

Eric Williams posted up a nice shot of Zach looking typically casual on ML
sullly

Trad climber
Jun 9, 2011 - 08:38pm PT
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18241704?nclick-check=1
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 9, 2011 - 09:42pm PT
hey there say, sasha... thanks for posting that link...

ohmy, now i know (from the taco here) who this is (though i did not know him, in person)... :(


say, mike, I DO REMEMBER the found camera and the post and how wonderful that was for them to get the camera, from their picture being posted...


this is so very very sad, to hear this now... :(

very sad, at as to my comment to sasha, on her thread, now:

i can see and say even MORE as to how santa cruz and their folks are unique and special--we HAVE seen here, how zach was very special, indeed, to us here... :( my condolences again, to his family and loved ones...

very awful to hear of this accident having had happened, :(

thanks for posting it, mike... (i had not seen this, except by sasha)..
thanks to you both...

Mark Rodell

Trad climber
Bangkok
Jun 10, 2011 - 02:52am PT
A man I wish I had known. A guy I would have loved to tie-in with. Thought about how much I miss by being so dang far away from climbers. Dang. Zack, you did well.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jun 10, 2011 - 10:51am PT
Sad and unfortunate whenever we lose one of the family, but a real tragedy to lose someone so young and vibrant. Zach certainly seemed like one of the best of us and will no doubt be missed.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 10, 2011 - 10:58am PT
Just saw this. So very tragic. I'm sure nothing can ease the pain and hurt his family and friends are experiencing. Condolences.
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Jun 10, 2011 - 11:21am PT
I was priveleged to hang out with his dearest friends last night.
It's a tremendous group, full of love and support.
As everyone is flipping back and forth between desparate pain and joyous
recall of their adventures with the awesome goofball that was Zach,
they're surrounded by loving friends to hold them up and to remind them of
the joy of life.

That said, it feels like a big chunk of my heart (and obviously it's even
worse for a lot of folks here) has just been brutally ripped out.
BUT
They're acting like real pros.

The bottom line seems to be that


The Kids Are All Right.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jun 10, 2011 - 04:44pm PT
missed this, too, while i was out of town.

really sad news.

best to the friends and family.
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 10, 2011 - 05:13pm PT
Have to jump in here, even without much to add.

Barely knew Zach, just a friendly word or glance in the gym. That's the way it's supposed to be: oldsters are in the way unless spoken to. Can't cramp the zest of fired-up kids unless asked. But we get to respect their sending and admire their hijinks from the shadows, closer than they think.

Still, the outer circle here damn well noticed him, and we're grieving too. All over town. Just talked to a woman who crushed on his cute smile.

We get to carry on in his memory; turn it up, burn it, be intense in Zach's honor. There are climbers dead 40 years whose light still enlivens me.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Jun 10, 2011 - 05:21pm PT
It's is a reminder to us all to hold those we love and care for close to our hearts. To tell them how we feel, and to duplicate and encourage the feelings they give us for others.

Wish I could have known Zack. I'm still sorry to see folks lose one who obviously was such a good one.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 10, 2011 - 06:24pm PT
Hurts alot. Been too many bike fatalities of young folks in SC the last few years. Not because of recklessness of the young people. Susan


edit:

Pacific Edge having memorial on Sunday, June 12, 8-9 p.m.


On Sunday June 12th please come to Celebrate Zachary Amadeus Parke at Pacific Edge Climbing Gym starting at 8 pm. Come share food, stories and love. Donations can be made to the Zachary Parke Memorial Fund at Pacific Edge.

SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 11, 2011 - 09:12pm PT
bump
JesN

climber
far away
Jun 12, 2011 - 09:20am PT
Chris and Zach at the Community Center in Yosemite
Chris and Zach at the Community Center in Yosemite
Credit: JesN
JesN

climber
far away
Jun 12, 2011 - 09:26am PT
I had the pleasure of hosting Zach and some of his dear friends at my place in Yosemite. He created all kinds of climbing gear including chalk bags, crash pads, and nut tools with amazing skill. While he will be sorely missed, some of my fondest memories of Yosemite contain Zach. My deepest sympathies go out to Elliot and Mark and everyone else touched by this tragedy. Zach was much too young, but I'm pretty sure it's safe to say he has taught all of us a lot in his short time.
Elliot and Zach checking out Stonequest.  Circa February 2010.
Elliot and Zach checking out Stonequest. Circa February 2010.
Credit: JesN
Joe

Social climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 12, 2011 - 10:06am PT
just so so sad...tonight's memorial at the edge will include a slide show...and lots of tears...
kristyle

climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Jun 13, 2011 - 05:04pm PT
Though he's probably best known for his climbing exploits in Yosemite on this forum, Zack was also an incredibly strong boulderer with a love for high ball problems in Buttermilk Country. I had the fortune of climbing there with Zack and a few friends this past May and watched him do a number of hard problems, including Transporter Room. As impressive as his ascents are, what made him truly great to climb with was how supportive he was of everyone's climbing and how entertaining he was to be around. It was on this trip that I came to understand why he loved the climbing there. I will always remember him sitting on top of those giant boulders just taking it all in.
Credit: kristyle
Credit: kristyle
Credit: kristyle
Credit: kristyle
Credit: kristyle
Credit: kristyle
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 13, 2011 - 08:53pm PT
hey there say, SC... thanks for the bump...

i did not see this memorial note, for the gym... i was babysitting...

perhaps i can send a card to his mom, at this gym...

thanks...

my deep condolences to those that were at the memorial...
thanks for sharing this with us all...

god blesss...
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jun 13, 2011 - 08:59pm PT
Nobody doubted his badassatude, but we DO remember him. He is not forgotten.
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 14, 2011 - 10:37am PT
Sad Boulders back in April
Sad Boulders back in April
Credit: jahil
bmacd

Social climber
100% Canadian
Jun 14, 2011 - 10:58am PT
Condolences and regrets to all who knew Squatch . I'm very sorry
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jun 14, 2011 - 11:17am PT
Awful news about a bright young man with a fabulous future. Condolences to his family & friends. This is the very worst news a parent can receive.
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 14, 2011 - 02:33pm PT
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_18268501
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 14, 2011 - 03:19pm PT
Hopefully we are close to some sort of resolution to the hit and run aspect of this.

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_18270718
sullly

Trad climber
Jun 14, 2011 - 03:28pm PT
It's great they've found the car. The messenger bag might turn up. My best to Zach's family and friends. So sad this happened in such a beautiful place.
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 15, 2011 - 10:48am PT
Racking up for Blown Away with Mittens, last labor day weekend.
Racking up for Blown Away with Mittens, last labor day weekend.
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 16, 2011 - 10:58am PT
Playing get the ring on the stick game with Elliot in the parking lot ...
Playing get the ring on the stick game with Elliot in the parking lot at the Sads.
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 17, 2011 - 09:51am PT
Hanging at the last belay of Blown Away, waiting for Mittens to finish...
Hanging at the last belay of Blown Away, waiting for Mittens to finish up with the mind numbing exposure.
Credit: jahil
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Jun 17, 2011 - 10:10am PT
To the friends of Squatch you keep this thread alive and keep posting up pics of your adventures with the man. You are obviously quality people and friends.

Hope you share those photo's with his family. You should print them all and give them to his family when the time is right.

Hope they find his bike bag.
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Jun 17, 2011 - 10:30am PT
I just saw a nice poster for the Zach Bike Ride, would love to post a pic of it here.

Some details:

Zachary Parke Memorial bike ride


Friends and supporters of Zachary Parke are having a memorial bicycle ride to honor Parkes life and rally cyclists.

WHEN: Gather at 5 p.m. Saturday, depart at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Town Clock, Pacific Avenue and Water Street in Santa Cruz

WHAT: The slow-paced ride will lead cyclists from downtown Santa Cruz to Empire Grade Road near the West Entrance of UC Santa Cruz where Parke was struck.







[Ed] Sad news just coming in.



Long Live Zach!!
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 17, 2011 - 02:43pm PT
The Food Bin on Mission. The other side says 'Share the Road'.
The Food Bin on Mission. The other side says 'Share the Road'.
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 17, 2011 - 02:46pm PT
Credit: jahil
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Jun 17, 2011 - 09:55pm PT
Aww man....
Mittens

climber
Jun 18, 2011 - 01:19am PT
I'll be there. Bump.
MisterE

Social climber
Cinderella Story, Outa Nowhere
Jun 18, 2011 - 08:45am PT
Man, so sad - he was such a positive man. Always enjoyed Zach's TRs.

RIP.

Edit: Thanks Murcy.
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 18, 2011 - 09:41am PT
Up on the dome, looking for Lucy Liu.
Up on the dome, looking for Lucy Liu.
Credit: jahil
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 18, 2011 - 09:56am PT
So much heart break, Zach so young, the "alleged" perp is young. My son is close in age to them both and I think of how young life, with all the world of promise, can be wiped out or ruined forever in an instant. And parents left shattered beyond all comprehension.

My thoughts go with all those on the bike ride today. Susan
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 18, 2011 - 10:38am PT
hey there say, jahil, thanks for the share of what folks in santa cruz are doing...

god bless for the journey...
:)
Stephen McCabe

Trad climber
near Santa Cruz, CA
Jun 18, 2011 - 02:29pm PT
Bump for bike ride this afternoon. See poster above on this page.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 18, 2011 - 11:00pm PT
A whole lot of folks came out today for the Zach Parke Memorial Ride in Santa Cruz. So many, it was hard to get everyone into one shot. A wonderful tribute to Zach.

Zach Parke Memorial Ride
Zach Parke Memorial Ride
Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
QITNL

climber
Jun 18, 2011 - 11:08pm PT
Awesome. One love to his family and friends.
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 18, 2011 - 11:40pm PT
Thanks for posting the pictures Mike. It was great to see so many people out there. Many climbing friends, and many more from the local bike community. It was a gorgeous evening, a little fog but some sun too.
I still can't bear to look at the pictures and all the messages that people posted on the fence, I just fall apart. I used to be a hard man, what happened to me.
His Mum was there, and it was great hearing her tell stories of him, his sister looks uncannily like him.

steve
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 19, 2011 - 09:17am PT
Zach working Xavier's Roof with some help from Conor and Elliot.
Zach working Xavier's Roof with some help from Conor and Elliot.
Credit: jahil
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 19, 2011 - 09:51am PT
his Mum was there

As the Mum of a 20 year old my heart is literally shredded when I think of her. His friends will likely be a great source of strength for her. So many lives shattered by this tragedy. My favorite saying in grief: "be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the splendor in the grass, glory in the flower, we must grieve not but rather find strength from what remains behind"

I didn't know Zach personally but the day he died I added an extra mile to my (almost) daily run. Recovering from my own serious illness I felt I wanted to honor his beautiful youthfulness and vitality and push myself even harder during my recovery. Thank you Zach ...I didn't think I could do it and I cried as I thought of you and your family but I did it and now it's a permanent part of my run.
Susan
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 20, 2011 - 10:09am PT
Zack on top waiting for Elliot.
Zack on top waiting for Elliot.
Credit: jahil
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jun 20, 2011 - 10:37am PT
So sad...That last pic Mike posted says it all.

Rest in peace, Zach.
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 21, 2011 - 10:46am PT
End of the traversing 3rd pitch on Blown Away.
End of the traversing 3rd pitch on Blown Away.
Credit: jahil
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Jun 21, 2011 - 10:53am PT
Jahil

Good stuff you're posting and hope all Zachs friends are finding a few peaceful moments in their days right now.

Like I said you should print all the pictures you have and give them to his mom when the time is right. I suspect she would really enjoy them if you haven't already printed them and given them to her.

jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 21, 2011 - 11:04am PT
Good idea Silver, I don't know her, but some of my friends do. I have a bunch more that I need to rescue from a failing hard drive, once thats done I'll pass them on.

Many people from Santa Cruz went to climb in Yosemite this weekend for Zach. It was pretty cool to see the guys who only boulder, going up Royal Arches. Elliot and Kevin went up the Regular NW face on Half dome and met another group who had just come up Snake Dike. I found climbing in the valley offered the best healing for me.

Take care.
steve
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 21, 2011 - 11:12am PT
My son Tory is in that ride ... somewhere. I got distracted and missed it.

Tory came over the next morning, Father's Day, to make me breakfast. "Zach said the Royal Arches was one of his favorite climbs. Let's go do it!" We haven't climbed in a few years; he's a busy teenager.

Zach is still bringing people together in love, just like he always did.
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Jun 21, 2011 - 11:15am PT
Steve

I would do everything you could to rescue those and if money is the issue pm me and I will help you with that.

Zachs mom needs to see all your pictures and all your friends pictures of Zach. Believe me when I tell you this she will cherish, and appreciate it very much. Just give her a little time and one day either have someone who knows her give it to her or you all go give it to her, and remind her that she and Zach are not forgotten by his friends.

For your information you can gather all the photo's and have them put into a book form for her through snapfish or one of the other online print houses that do books and or another format that works for all the pictures.

You make me cry every day with your posts about Zach. Just sad to see so much life gone. Sorry for your loss I know your pain and have lost friends way to soon as well.

Silver
Joe

Social climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 21, 2011 - 12:34pm PT
the ride was a very special way to celebrate the life of a sweet young man, it was heartening to see easily over 300 people gather together sharing memories, tears, adult beverages, and the experience of the ride...and surprisingly maybe only a couple of dozen climbers among that group, as Steve pointed out, many were climbing in the valley with Zach in their hearts...he touched so many people...
Doug, I was looking for the 'like' button after reading your post...
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 21, 2011 - 02:06pm PT
Hey Doug - you might see your son in one of these:

http://www.ucolick.org/~bolte/ZachParkeRide/

You will for sure see Joe who made the entire uphill ride on a scooter with his broken leg still in a cast...
FeelioBabar

Trad climber
One drink ahead of my past.
Jun 21, 2011 - 02:19pm PT
A sad loss.

Big love to all those close to him.

The tribe loses yet another.
jfailing

Trad climber
Lone Pine
Jun 21, 2011 - 03:29pm PT
The show of support from the Santa Cruz community is heartwarming to say the least. It's obvious that Zach made quite an impression to those who knew him.

Even though I didn't really know him, it still hurts - he was close to a number of my friends. Like some people have said, it's just sad to have lost "one of the tribe."
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 22, 2011 - 09:30am PT
Working a heinous thin, sharp crack in the Sads. Zach told me a few mo...
Working a heinous thin, sharp crack in the Sads. Zach told me a few months before that he did not consider himself much of a crack climber, he was still working on it.
Credit: jahil
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Jun 22, 2011 - 01:44pm PT
Bump
kristyle

climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Jun 22, 2011 - 02:03pm PT
Celebrate Zachary Parke

A memorial celebration of Zach.

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=176007312459252

Time: Saturday, June 25th 2:00pm-5:00pm

Location: University Terrace Park, on Meder St. between Western Dr. and Bay St in Santa Cruz, CA

Celebrate the joy, inspiration and love Zachary Amadeus Parke shared with us.

What to bring:
-It is an outdoor park, so folding/camp chairs, blankets or yoga mats for sitting, and perhaps a sun hat.
-Photos and mementos to share on presentation boards and in our memory books for everyone to see
-If you have ceramics, bags or art made by Zach we would love to share them for all to see, mark them with your name and they can be returned after the celebration
-Video cameras
-love, laughter and lots of crazy stories


There will be vegetarian snacks and pizza (duh!)
Consider carpooling or ride your bike, and please be respectful of the park neighbors

Credit: kristyle
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 23, 2011 - 09:59am PT
Zach and Mittens in the back packers parking lot after a night guerril...
Zach and Mittens in the back packers parking lot after a night guerrilla camping at a nearby undisclosed location.
Credit: jahil

We would return to the parking lot to find Zach propped up in his sleeping bag, drinking a beer after a day of fun with the Mini Traxion. We were quite the spectacle for the other legitimate users of the parking lot.
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 24, 2011 - 09:59am PT
Zach crashpad sandwhich.
Zach crashpad sandwhich.
Credit: jahil
Mittens

climber
Jun 25, 2011 - 01:06am PT
Credit: Mittens
Credit: Mittens
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jun 25, 2011 - 08:39am PT
That last shot is priceless, mittens.

Your friends miss you, Zach. God bless!
Matt Sarad

Trad climber
Bakersfield CA
Jun 25, 2011 - 10:14am PT
As the father of a son who only rides a bike and has spent many days riding in and around Santa Cruz, I am saddened to tears by what happened to Zach.

We will remember and honor him here in Bakersfield.

jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 25, 2011 - 05:03pm PT
The infamous beer mouthwash as a replacement for brushing your teeth.
The infamous beer mouthwash as a replacement for brushing your teeth.
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 26, 2011 - 10:06am PT
Credit: jahil
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jun 26, 2011 - 11:17am PT
Good stuff, jahil!!!

I like the beer-mouthwash. I've pulled that one a few times.
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 27, 2011 - 09:24am PT
Warming up in the Sads, 3 seconds later his foot slipped, but he held ...
Warming up in the Sads, 3 seconds later his foot slipped, but he held on ...
Credit: jahil
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Jun 27, 2011 - 11:59am PT
Bump nice stuff Jahil.

jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 28, 2011 - 09:58am PT
The day started like this in Camp 4.
The day started like this in Camp 4.
Credit: jahil

And ended on the Nabisco Wall. A really crappy phone picture from an a...
And ended on the Nabisco Wall. A really crappy phone picture from an awesome day.
Credit: jahil

These pictures capture the quintessential day out with Zach for me. The day starts with tea and goofing in Camp 4. We go out to the Cookie, and I back off from Beverly's Tower - Zach leads it gets me up there, and then gets me up Wheat Thin. In between mini traxion fun over everything else, Meat Grinder, Outer Limits. Elliot goofs around aid climbing and working something heinous, Mark dives into Hardd as his warm up. The picture quality is crap, I'm just happy I have at least this now.
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 29, 2011 - 10:58am PT
The daily ritual
The daily ritual
Credit: jahil
Credit: jahil
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 30, 2011 - 02:00pm PT
The other end of the Zach sandwich posted before. Big Country Jim's fo...
The other end of the Zach sandwich posted before. Big Country Jim's foot holds him down, Connor, Jamie, Dan, and Elliot in the background.
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
Climoron: Climbing trip = doubled carbon footprint
Jul 1, 2011 - 12:25pm PT
The stick game in the parking lot at the Sads.
The stick game in the parking lot at the Sads.
Credit: jahil
Credit: jahil
Credit: jahil
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
London->Paris->WV->CA
Jul 3, 2011 - 01:12am PT
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
London->Paris->WV->CA
Jul 3, 2011 - 08:48am PT
Happy Birthday Zach !
Happy Birthday Zach !
Credit: jahil
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jul 3, 2011 - 09:11am PT
Good stuff, jahil.

Zach, rock on!
sullly

Trad climber
Jul 3, 2011 - 09:31am PT
I'm struck not just by the sadness of this story, but by Jahil's friendship capacity.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jul 3, 2011 - 10:47am PT
after some P-shopping:




























jahil

Social climber
London->Paris->WV->CA
Jul 3, 2011 - 11:35am PT
Thanks Peter, those are really cool.
Sully: What I do takes 30 seconds out of my day, Peter in cleaning up those pictures spent more time than I have in the last month posting Zach pictures.

People in Santa Cruz are still talking, getting together and climbing, riding or sharing a beer to remember Zach. It just seems to be something that you can't get out of your head.

Have a good weekend everyone, and take a minute to think of your friends.

peace

steve
Mittens

climber
Jul 3, 2011 - 11:53am PT
That photo of Zach and I in fromt of drug dome was taken on Zach's 25th birthday in the Meadows. It was opening weekend, or close to it, and the first thing we climbed was On the Lamb to OZ to Hobbit Hobbit Book. What a great day. OZ was his favorite climb. We always planned on doing an "OZ Fest" where we got as many parties as possible to climb it in a day...
I'm gonna go visit his memorial today... I'm sure I'll see people there. I miss climbing with the only lunatic that's more psyched than I am.

Thanks Peter.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jul 3, 2011 - 12:08pm PT
Absolutely JA and Mittens. His passing is really iconic if also horribly hard to take, even if at my remove.

Mittens I don't find the image you are referring to, the one of you and Z in front of Drug Dome...is it above or? Please advise. If it can be Pshopped, I'll fire it out.
Mittens

climber
Jul 3, 2011 - 12:10pm PT
It's the second one that you posted.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jul 3, 2011 - 12:15pm PT
Right, thanks. Oz in the background sort of. Great image. Send me a fullfledged file and I will work on it for you and send it back. These ST image files are so tiny that they imediately develop artifacts, fringing. peterhaan@mac.com
Adamame

climber
Santa Cruz
Jul 3, 2011 - 02:11pm PT
The Zachsquatch IPA is bubbling away two days into it's fermentation stage. Its brewed from Fern Spring water, a healthy dose of Zach's spirit, and the cheesy soundtrack to Masters of the Stoned 1. I'm sure it will be nothing short of amazing.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jul 3, 2011 - 02:16pm PT
Nice work Peter and I am sure well appreciated by his vast group of friends here in Santa Cruz and beyond.
jahil

Social climber
London->Paris->WV->CA
Jul 4, 2011 - 10:30am PT
Another day at the Pollen Grains.
Another day at the Pollen Grains.
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
London->Paris->WV->CA
Jul 5, 2011 - 12:08pm PT
Credit: jahil
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Jul 5, 2011 - 12:51pm PT
I was at Northstar for the Brews and Blues thing saturday and had several Santa Cruz brews for Zach, and my liver, which for some reason craves fermented grains.

I agree Jahils posts and pics are great but what is really shining is his commited freindship to Zach.
jahil

Social climber
London->Paris->WV->CA
Jul 10, 2011 - 11:19am PT
A cold bivy in the buttermilks. Justin, Zach and Elliott.
A cold bivy in the buttermilks. Justin, Zach and Elliott.
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jul 11, 2011 - 05:54pm PT
Zach, Joel the Aussie, and Conor just staring at the beauty of the Pol...
Zach, Joel the Aussie, and Conor just staring at the beauty of the Pollen Grains
Credit: jahil
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Jul 11, 2011 - 06:15pm PT
The Zachsquatch IPA

Who's going to design the labels??
Great stuff Adamame.
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jul 13, 2011 - 11:14am PT
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jul 14, 2011 - 05:38pm PT
Ape Index ?!
Ape Index ?!
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jul 15, 2011 - 11:24am PT
At this point, he's high up, pumped and has the worst sowing machine l...
At this point, he's high up, pumped and has the worst sowing machine legs I've ever seen. Should have had another beer before he went up.
Credit: jahil
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Jul 15, 2011 - 11:38am PT
Thanks for all these bumps, Steve. It's really nice (sniff)
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jul 18, 2011 - 02:41pm PT
Zach about to start up. The pictures don't really convey how big this ...
Zach about to start up. The pictures don't really convey how big this thing is, it looked huge up close, probably the overhang combined with foreshortening. You had to be there.
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jul 19, 2011 - 12:01pm PT
Daily Peabody warm up.
Daily Peabody warm up.
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jul 20, 2011 - 04:14pm PT
Imani, Justin, Joel and Zach working the Seven Spanish Angels, or as E...
Imani, Justin, Joel and Zach working the Seven Spanish Angels, or as Elliot renamed it: Seven Deadly Mexicans.
Credit: jahil
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 20, 2011 - 04:48pm PT
Steve- really enjoying the photos, thanks.
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jul 20, 2011 - 07:01pm PT
I met Zach's mum last night at the gym, Kristel was kind enough to introduce us. I managed to mumble a couple of inane things before choking up, she told me that she's like that all the time. As a parent I can't even begin to imagine what she's going through.
A lovely lady, there seems to be a real bond between her and many of Zach's friends. I always knew they were good.

steve
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jul 20, 2011 - 07:14pm PT
Keep up the love, Steve! ( I'm a Steve too...)

At some point though, you have to let go. I really dig this thread and I know you guys were close.

Keep his memory alive on this forum, but don't burden yourself with guilt that you have to post pics of him all the time. I love it! And I can see you loved your friend. But keep in mind that Zach would probably want you to go back to climbing, enjoying life, and celebrating what he loved.

I mean this respectfully. I know you hurt. But what would Zach want you to do?

You're a good guy for remembering and celebrating your bud. I wish I knew him, seems like my kind of guy.

Keep remembering him, but don't feel like he'd be disappointed when you stopped. From what I hear, he wouldn't. He want you to climb.

I lost a close friend a couple of years too on a bad lead fall. It sucks. But I keep doing what she loved doing and I know she'd dig that.

Rest easy, Steve. But grieve for your lost friend. You obviously cared for him a lot. Live your life like Zach would want you to. That is what you should do.

edit: I know what I posted sounds inpolite, but you have to heal too, bro.

Keep posting the pics. I love them. Just know that Zach's memory doesn't fade when you stop posting them.

You're a good friend.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jul 20, 2011 - 09:30pm PT
I struggle every time I think of his Mom. I'm so happy to hear his friends are keeping her close Susan
R.B.

Trad climber
47N 122W
Jul 20, 2011 - 09:53pm PT
Even though this is late, my condolences to zach's family and friends. RB
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jul 20, 2011 - 11:10pm PT
Don't worry about me mate, I just got back from Whitney with Mittens and Gwen, in the next month I'm going to Toulumne for a week and then the Hulk. And I'm running out of pictures too - everything must end.

steve
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Jul 21, 2011 - 08:54am PT
I'm still seing phantom Zachs, Steve. Similar hair, similar posture,
plausible context, it takes a few seconds to realize it's really someone
else. I wonder if he had realized how many people he touched, and how
deeply.
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jul 21, 2011 - 10:14am PT
I don't know Steve, if you are seeing phantoms then maybe that bump on the head was a little worse than we thought !

But in the circumstances its probably to be expected - part of the grieving process and the way he was taken from us.

Its up to Zach's friends to remember him and let his ghost go to rest.

steve
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jul 21, 2011 - 10:18am PT
Its up to Zach's friends to remember him and let his ghost go to rest.

Yeah, well said.

side-note: now we got 3 Steve's posting on this thread lateley...weird.

Steve-out...
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Jul 21, 2011 - 11:44am PT
I also had a couple phantom Brutus sightings in the weeks after his death.
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jul 21, 2011 - 11:54am PT
Ahh Steve.

steve
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Jul 21, 2011 - 12:24pm PT
Steve/Jahil

You keep this going as long as you need to and I for one enjoy the commitment you show to your friend. We need more friends like you in life and I suspect that your loss was only rivaled by Zach perhaps knowing he was losing all of you as well.

I may get a lot of crap for this but I will say it anyway. I was almost killed several years ago and as I was laying there my only thoughts were of my family, and my friends. So if I may be so bold as to say this, those of you who were close to Zach rest easy knowing that he was thinking of you as he drew his last breaths.

I hope you all are doing better and finding some peace in these days as they pass by.
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jul 22, 2011 - 09:40am PT
Swan slab bat hang, Zach and Mittens go for it.
Swan slab bat hang, Zach and Mittens go for it.
Credit: jahil
Credit: jahil
Credit: jahil
Showing fine form
Showing fine form
Credit: jahil
Mittens dismounts, Zach gets a grip.
Mittens dismounts, Zach gets a grip.
Credit: jahil
Credit: jahil


scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Jul 22, 2011 - 09:43am PT
I Like!!
kristyle

climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Jul 22, 2011 - 11:31am PT
Bwhahahah! That's a classic series of photos! I can just hear everyone laughing :) Thanks so much for sharing Jahil.

Also, I'm glad you didn't mind being introduced to April. I was worried I was putting you on the spot, but I wanted you to be acknowledged for contributing all these great photos. We all appreciate it very much, and I know she does too.
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jul 25, 2011 - 09:43am PT
Elliot, Sarah, Zach and Mittens in front of Bachar Cracker. Elliot rec...
Elliot, Sarah, Zach and Mittens in front of Bachar Cracker. Elliot recounting the epic attempt on the Washington Column with Mittens earlier in the day. Mittens is on his 10th lap of Bachar Cracker.
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jul 26, 2011 - 03:43pm PT
Zach watching Elliot climbing something heinous in the Sads.
Zach watching Elliot climbing something heinous in the Sads.
Credit: jahil
Its finally happened: I've run out of pictures!
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Jul 26, 2011 - 03:51pm PT
It's been a great run.

Here's a Zach quote, as said to Genoa:

"You won't learn technique from your brother."
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jul 26, 2011 - 04:03pm PT
And for the uninitiated, Elliot, the beast in the red t-shirt in the above picture is Genoa's brother.

steve
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 26, 2011 - 04:53pm PT
that would be "extreme elliot"

sullly

Trad climber
Aug 5, 2011 - 06:09pm PT
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bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Aug 5, 2011 - 06:16pm PT
Nice post, Sully!

Apparently some people still remember this accident. Although, I use the accident term loosely...

Didn't need to happen. Was just tragic.
sullly

Trad climber
Aug 5, 2011 - 06:30pm PT
Yeah Bluering. I went up there for a play that got out pretty late. There's a stop light and reflective signage near the memorial. The driver must have been looped or texting.
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Aug 17, 2011 - 03:11pm PT
Yahoo, a new supply of pictures.
Dole them out to us slowly, Shaun.

Thank You
shaun.gruber

Social climber
Santa Cruz, AL
Aug 17, 2011 - 03:12pm PT
Credit: shaun.gruber
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Aug 21, 2011 - 08:58pm PT
Nikita's painting. See if you can find the hidden penis.
Nikita's painting. See if you can find the hidden penis.
Credit: jahil
shaun.gruber

Social climber
Santa Cruz, AL
Aug 31, 2011 - 05:46pm PT
Foggy day at the alcove swing, El Cap.
Foggy day at the alcove swing, El Cap.
Credit: shaun.gruber
kristyle

climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Sep 29, 2011 - 04:38pm PT
Hey All, I just wanted to let people know about The ZAP Project.

http://thezapproject.blogspot.com/2011/08/small-hope.html

Myjah created it to foster community and keep Zach's spirit alive within us as we pursue our climbing adventures. I thought the Supertopo community might enjoy it and want to get in on the action.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Sep 29, 2011 - 07:29pm PT
Awesome too see how you guys are keeping his spirit alive and well. Very cool memorial.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 29, 2011 - 07:55pm PT
dropped off some fresh flowers at Zach's ghost bike last weekend. The new board is up, some rosemary (the remembrance herb) plants have been planted and are thriving.

It is tough going to read through all the comments friends and sometimes strangers have left.

Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
shaun.gruber

Social climber
Santa Cruz, AL
Oct 8, 2011 - 08:24pm PT
ain't nothin' but a thang.
ain't nothin' but a thang.
Credit: shaun.gruber
monkey time
monkey time
Credit: shaun.gruber
inteeeeense
inteeeeense
Credit: shaun.gruber
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Oct 8, 2011 - 09:01pm PT
hey there say, mike... oh my.... :(
thanks for sharing... my continued prayers for his mom...
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Oct 13, 2011 - 04:31pm PT
Mittens and friends have been busy.
Mittens and friends have been busy.
Credit: jahil
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Oct 13, 2011 - 04:56pm PT
Most Excellent
Adamame

climber
Santa Cruz
Oct 21, 2011 - 02:00pm PT
For those not already in the know there is some good stuff at The Zap Project blog.

http://thezapproject.blogspot.com/
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Oct 21, 2011 - 02:41pm PT
Bump for Myjah, Adam, Connor, Doug R and Zach.
Myjah: The Zap project is such a thoughtful and appropriate way to remember, thankyou for doing this.

Its great to see Adam, and Connor getting out with Doug on the Smoke Blanchard course. Zach would have loved it - and would of climbed forwards, backwards, by headlight and with a beer in hand.

steve
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Oct 21, 2011 - 02:46pm PT
Yes, Steve,
while doing the Rock Course last week, I couldn't help but think how fun it
would have been for Zach, and with Zach.
Muddud

Social climber
the Cruz of Santa, CA
Oct 21, 2011 - 07:47pm PT
He was totally right there with you guys, Adam - he would have freaking adored all of that. Thank you so much for the entry. Every single one of them has made me cry with gratitude, even the silly one of Justin and his busted ankles.

I can't wait to get on that rock course with Doug, hopefully someday soon - I've been so excited about it ever since he mentioned it this past summer. It looks beautiful!

I'm on a temporary hiatus from crocheting ZAPs (elbow ouchies), but I'd still love to know if anybody on SuperTopo is willing to take one on an adventure when I can start crocheting again.

Much love <3

"Rad!" -ZAP
Muddud

Social climber
the Cruz of Santa, CA
Oct 21, 2011 - 07:50pm PT
Also, Shaun - omigosh, that day was so much fun! I still have the video you took of me losing my knife on the alcove swing!
Adamame

climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 15, 2011 - 09:24am PT
For those of you who knew, met, or were touched by Zach. Wombat Grips, which the late Zachary shaped some of the most amazing climbing grip ever for, is offering a 2nd round of hoodies sporting the Parke Designs Logo that benefit NOLS scholarships.

This is from the Wombat Grips website:

"In honor of the late great Zack Parke, Wombat Grips is offering another round of Parke Hoodies. While Zack is off on his next big adventure keep his spirit close to your heart. We are donating ten percent of the proceeds to the Zachary Parke Memorial Fund in the hopes of establishing a NOLS scholarship in his name."

https://www.wombatgrips.com/site/?wpsc-product=wombat-parke-hoodie

It's cool to sport the (P) logo these days, even if you didn't know Zack. All the holds that Zack sculpted are amazing and worth having on your wall too.

Here are some pics of the hoodies in action.
Kristel and Mark on Old Original
Kristel and Mark on Old Original
Credit: Adamame
Parke Hoodies make you cool
Parke Hoodies make you cool
Credit: Adamame
Parke Hoodies make smiles
Parke Hoodies make smiles
Credit: Adamame
Credit: Adamame
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 15, 2011 - 09:31am PT
Adam - I did not realize that ZAP shaped some of those WOMBAT holds! I have always given full blame for those subtle curves and wrong-way angles that turn what look like bomber holds into hideous nightmares on Scott.

jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Dec 15, 2011 - 10:48am PT
Mike - theres been a cast of thousands involved in shaping those holds - get mad with em and you're mad with half the population of Santa Cruz.

Scott remains the main offender though.
steve
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Dec 15, 2011 - 11:57am PT
I am SO STOKED to have the opportunity of getting one of those hoodies!!!
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Dec 15, 2011 - 01:45pm PT
Just a heads up that the second day of preliminary hearings was today. There were a bunch of people there on Tuesday, and I know more were going today. Zach's mum April was in and and out of the court room - this must be so hard for her as they started to get into the details of what happened.

steve
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Dec 15, 2011 - 01:51pm PT
I would think the court could have waited a few more weeks.

Seems selfish of the court to put her through this right now when she is about to have her first christmas without Zach.

thoughts and prayers for her and Zach friends.

Thanks Jahil for keeping us posted and up to date on this.

Bumping for the Zachamaniacs out there.
kristyle

climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 15, 2011 - 03:43pm PT
Bump for the Parke/Wombat hoodies! I love mine and wear it all the time, climbing, to the gym, to work, around town. You really want one of these things, and not just because it is going towards a good cause.

I couldn't be in court today, but I heard it was a pretty tough day. Let's all send some love to April, and remember to hug the people you love extra tight today.

jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Dec 15, 2011 - 03:52pm PT
Hi Silver - I'm not sure who scheduled the hearing for this time, I think that the expectation was that it would be more of a formality, but it turned out not to be. I'm sure this is going to be hard for April whatever time its scheduled.
I know that she has been reading this thread at times, so keep her in mind and keep posting your kind good wishes - thanks for that.

steve
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Dec 16, 2011 - 11:09am PT
Zap Mama says:
Bump! for Zach

and get a hoodie while you're at it (Comes with free Herrrfffff Dome)

https://www.wombatgrips.com/site/?wpsc-product=wombat-parke-hoodie

Zap Mama !
Zap Mama !
Credit: jahil
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Dec 16, 2011 - 04:30pm PT
Steve

We will keep the positive vibes going for Zachs mom and friends.

I wish you all the best and hope I get one day to run into you Steve and some more of Zachs friends. It just looks like fun is all you guys and gals know by the pictures.

Peace

Silver
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 24, 2011 - 04:41pm PT
Best wishes to Zach wherever his new adventures are taking him. And send some good thoughts to his family. There are going to be some rocky spots this holiday season.

Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 24, 2011 - 04:53pm PT
As the mom of a young son it breaks my heart.


Susan
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Dec 26, 2011 - 09:57pm PT
Boxing Day bump for Zach

Imani, Marquis, Conor, Elliot, Zach and Justin. Just another day at th...
Imani, Marquis, Conor, Elliot, Zach and Justin. Just another day at the Pollen Grains.
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jan 1, 2012 - 11:46am PT
Herf Dome ! Happy New Year Zach !
Herf Dome ! Happy New Year Zach !
Credit: jahil
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Jan 7, 2012 - 12:25am PT
Nice pack-coil ^
Zack's ma

Social climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 9, 2012 - 08:02pm PT
Steve (and everyone else) thanks from the bottom of my heart for all the wonderful pics of Zack (squatch). They mean so much to me. It is always hard at first but once the tears dry, I have a huge smile on my face and my heart. Zack is there with every one of your climbs, you know he wouldn't miss it. I celebrate with all of you every one of your achievements. Love to all. OOOOOOOO
sullly

Trad climber
Jan 9, 2012 - 09:40pm PT
Best to you Zach's mom. Please visit again. You raised an inspiring son.
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Jan 30, 2012 - 01:59pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#235497

bump for Zach found this reading the regular route thread.

Looks like a long day at the office.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 30, 2012 - 05:55pm PT
Zach's Mom...as a mom of a young man close to your son's age, my heart breaks for you. Zach was an absolutely beautiful young man, and has inspired so many. My thoughts are with you,

Susan
kristyle

climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Jan 31, 2012 - 12:04am PT
Still miss you friend, and you still keep us laughing.
Credit: kristyle
Credit: kristyle
Credit: kristyle
Credit: kristyle
Credit: kristyle
Credit: kristyle

SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Feb 9, 2012 - 12:56pm PT

Plead guilty to the hit and run of Zach Parke.



http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_19928482


Susan
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Feb 21, 2012 - 02:25pm PT
Missed this still thinking of Zachs family n friends thoughts n prayers for you all.

Hope your days are getting a little brighter and his mom is being supported and loved by you all. Big hugs to you momma Parke.
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Mar 5, 2012 - 11:44am PT
Bumping for Zach get out and do some living people.

SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Mar 5, 2012 - 01:19pm PT
yep, i think of him often...still a searing loss



susan
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Mar 7, 2012 - 04:59pm PT
Saw this again today, and made me laugh. Miss you dude. <br/>
steve
Saw this again today, and made me laugh. Miss you dude.
steve
Credit: jahil
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Mar 7, 2012 - 08:19pm PT
Steve that's hilarious.

SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Apr 2, 2012 - 01:54pm PT
Two year sentence. Very emotional sentencing. As they say, the apple never rolls far from the tree. You can read what Zach's mom said about the driver. What a heart she has. I do hope he listens.

Susan



http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_20308121/live-oak-man-jailed-two-years-killing-cyclist
valygrl

climber
Boulder, CO
Apr 2, 2012 - 09:33pm PT
Outrageous.
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Apr 2, 2012 - 10:29pm PT

Zach's Ma, After reading the Santa Cruz Sentinel, it is evident why Zach was such a Beautiful person.

Wishing you Peace and comfort...

sending you sincere Love- tonight...

Saludos..

nita
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Apr 3, 2012 - 07:05am PT
There is no right in this story.

Burdick said he did not see benefit from "sending Mr. Dess off to be warehoused in prison."

True that, all his time won't bring back the time that was too brief.
We miss Zach.

Next time.
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Apr 3, 2012 - 01:55pm PT
Just saw this and the sentencing. Wow but I agree prison only makes this worse not better. Hope the young man gets out there and does some very positive things.

Nita nails it +1000 for what she said. Mrs. Parke you are an amazing person and we are blessed you live on this earth.

Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Apr 30, 2012 - 09:59pm PT
Bumping not forgotten
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
May 18, 2012 - 03:40pm PT
Stole this from his Facebook page

Psyched to solo
Psyched to solo
Credit: jahil
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
May 21, 2012 - 12:06pm PT
Bumping and remembering. ^^^^^funny stuff^^^^^

Live it up people these may just be your last days, moments and or seconds.

jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
May 31, 2012 - 02:14pm PT
Skull Queen Stogies Zach Faberation
Skull Queen Stogies Zach Faberation
Credit: jahil
Muddud

Social climber
the Cruz of Santa, CA
Jun 1, 2012 - 01:53am PT
love that classic faber/zack silly face, and that psyched to solo picture makes me laugh every time.
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Jun 7, 2012 - 06:31pm PT
I'll bump this let's take another moment and remember to love and hug and tell your loved ones really how much they mean to you.

I never knew Zach but my heart and prayers are with his mom and family and friends tonight.


Gone but not forgotten
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 7, 2012 - 08:19pm PT
hey there say, silver...

nice thoughts and nice bump...
families still need prayers, or support, too...

SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 7, 2012 - 08:52pm PT
A year flies by so quickly. Zach has lived on so richly through his friends. Thinking about his Mom. Heartbreak.


Susan
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jun 8, 2012 - 11:41pm PT
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jun 9, 2012 - 10:35pm PT
One year on, and many of Zach's friends came out to remember him.


Credit: jahil

Credit: jahil
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 9, 2012 - 10:42pm PT
Today is a year plus one day since Zach's death. There was a ride up to his ghost bike and avocado, pizza and beer (all his favorites). Lots of friends there remembering.


Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte

Some new photos showed up on the Facebook page. I don't think Mittens or Ryan will mind if I post them up here.

Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
schwortz

Social climber
"close to everything = not at anything", ca
Jun 9, 2012 - 11:18pm PT
RIP
condolences to friends and family
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 10, 2012 - 08:44am PT
It is so hard for me to come to grips with such a tragic end to a beautiful
Life...especially with my own son so close in age. And the young teenage picture...just ripped my heart out....how I remember that look...

Such a wonderful circle of friends...a profound comfort to his Mom I'm sure...


Susan
Adamame

climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 10, 2012 - 09:39am PT
Jahil and Mike, TFPU as I wish I could have been there. Looks like a lot of good folks showed up to spread the love.
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jun 14, 2012 - 12:14pm PT
Rafa captured the moment. Zach removing the dead seagull from the gym....
Rafa captured the moment. Zach removing the dead seagull from the gym. Dirtbag dinner ...?
Credit: jahil
labrat

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
Jun 14, 2012 - 02:00pm PT
Looks like the last climbing picture might be Big Chief in Tahoe?
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 14, 2012 - 02:27pm PT
Yup - the only description I have is "some 5.13 at Big Chief".
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jul 3, 2012 - 09:34am PT
Happy Birthday Zach !

Shamelessly stolen from his Facebook page.
Shamelessly stolen from his Facebook page.
Credit: jahil
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Jul 3, 2012 - 09:45am PT
What a sweet guy.
Happy Birthday.
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Jul 3, 2012 - 10:44am PT
It's quite beautiful to see you guys honor Zach's life....

i hope one of you Santa Cruz folks takes some flowers to Zack's Ma...or at least gives her a hug...

jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jul 6, 2012 - 09:28am PT
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Aug 14, 2012 - 11:08am PT
Shamelessly stolen from his Facebook page.
Shamelessly stolen from his Facebook page.
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Sep 4, 2012 - 02:24pm PT
Saturday at the TM Store.
Saturday at the TM Store.
Credit: jahil
sullly

Trad climber
Sep 4, 2012 - 04:39pm PT
Stopped by Zach's memorial at UCSC last weekend on my way to a play. The plants there are flourishing and the written tributes haven't faded. Hope the University continues to honor Zach in this way.

Belayed at Pac. Edge and was showing my sister around to the wall I thought was a Sharma image wall. Instead it was all about Zach. How wonderful of the owners.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Sep 4, 2012 - 04:44pm PT
Looks like the last climbing picture might be Big Chief in Tahoe?


Yeah, looks like Totally Chawsome at Big Chief.

I remember him as such a positive presence here and was bummed when I heard of his passing. People in cars need to look out for bicyclists. The cars win every time and somebody's loved on is gone.
splitter

Trad climber
Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Sep 4, 2012 - 04:57pm PT
I didn't know Zach, but I am happy to see that he had so many good friends who continue to remember and honor him. That tells me a lot about him!
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Sep 27, 2012 - 09:23am PT
Credit: jahil
Silver

Ice climber
Oct 12, 2012 - 05:50am PT
Bump for the gone but not forgotten .


SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Oct 12, 2012 - 09:25am PT
^^^^^^so true. As the Mom of a son close in age I often think of her and the deep emptiness she must feel. Whenever I see a bike messenger cruising around Santa Cruz I always think of Zach. What a hole in all our hearts.


Susan
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Oct 12, 2012 - 01:18pm PT
Credit: jahil
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Dec 7, 2012 - 11:12am PT
Credit: jahil
Adamame

climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 15, 2012 - 02:13pm PT
The newst installment of The Zap Project

Paul and Adam Climb The Nose.

http://thezapproject.blogspot.com/
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Feb 21, 2013 - 09:19am PT
Just thinking of Zach today, his Mom and family. It's been a lovely few days around Santa Cruz and I think of how this young man should be bikin' around and planning his next climbing adventures with his buds. It hurts ... really hurts.

Susan

edit: I love the ZAP project...great pics ... keep up those wonderful adventures
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Feb 21, 2013 - 05:17pm PT
Thanks, Susan.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Feb 21, 2013 - 06:58pm PT
Nice reflection Susan.
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Mar 25, 2013 - 03:43pm PT
http://vimeo.com/62218629
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Mar 25, 2013 - 03:56pm PT
^^^^^ Beautiful

Zach is always missed around these parts...

Susan

jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Apr 11, 2013 - 09:53am PT
Credit: jahil
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
May 6, 2013 - 02:33pm PT
I just found this post after reading the ho chi minh trail TR.

Zach sounds like a great climbing partner/human being.

RIP.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
May 6, 2013 - 02:40pm PT
Did they catch the perpetrator?
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 6, 2013 - 02:55pm PT
I believe they did Leeper, not sure if it was posted on this thread though.

Just found it, here it is.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1524505&tn=200
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
May 6, 2013 - 03:01pm PT
Thanks DC, at least there is good news there.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 27, 2013 - 09:17am PT
Bump for Memorial Day


Susan
jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Jun 10, 2013 - 04:45pm PT
Its been two years - his mum had us all round. Good to see everyone

Credit: jahil

Credit: jahil

Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 10, 2013 - 06:44pm PT
It was a nice get together. Zach's spirit is strong with this great circle of friends.

Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 22, 2014 - 06:25pm PT
I've been biking a lot this past month with all the beautiful weather. A few of my routes take me up by UCSC where Zach lost his young and beautiful life.
It breaks my heart that this beautiful young man is not getting to bask in the beauty of Santa Cruz and Yosemite.
Warm thoughts for his family and friends...
Susan

WTF

climber
Jan 30, 2014 - 07:13pm PT
Bump for Pud.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/2331650/Ghost-bikes-ot
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