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Jun 9, 2011 - 08:50am 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.

Trad climber
Lone Pine
Jun 9, 2011 - 09:42am 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.

Trad climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
Jun 9, 2011 - 10:21am PT
Sorry for the loss...RIP

Jun 9, 2011 - 10:56am 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

Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 9, 2011 - 11:57am 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.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jun 9, 2011 - 12:06pm PT
Way sad, too young may he rest in peace.

San Francisco, CA
Jun 9, 2011 - 12:21pm 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.

Gym climber
Jun 9, 2011 - 12:38pm PT
Senseless and horrible. Props to all the friends and family who helped make his short life so full and happy.

Jun 9, 2011 - 01:32pm PT
Credit: jwh
on the rostrum

Gym climber
Jun 9, 2011 - 02:04pm PT
Stay close, Amigos.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Jun 9, 2011 - 02:05pm 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.

Trad climber
Jun 9, 2011 - 02:08pm PT
My heart goes out to all he touched.
scuffy b

dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Jun 9, 2011 - 02:13pm 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.

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Jun 9, 2011 - 02:27pm 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.

Jebus H Bomz

Jun 9, 2011 - 02:27pm 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 - 02:35pm PT
So sad.

My condolences to Zach's family and friends.

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

Oakland, CA
Jun 9, 2011 - 02:48pm 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.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jun 9, 2011 - 02:59pm PT
Ah, man. This really sucks.

Rest in peace, bro...God bless!


Social climber
Does this rock make my ass look fat?
Jun 9, 2011 - 03:00pm PT
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.

scuffy b

dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Jun 9, 2011 - 03:22pm 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.
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