Warm hearts, sub­zero temps: Pair gets en­gaged on moun­tain

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - NATION -

SARGENT’S PUR­CHASE, N.H. — Ex­treme cold didn’t get in the way of a heart­warm­ing pro­posal on an icy moun­tain­side.

Josh Dar­nell, 31, of Lon­don­derry, N.H., dropped to his knee and popped the ques­tion af­ter climb­ing to a scenic spot Thurs­day on Tuck­er­man’s Ravine, on the south­east­ern side of Mount Washington. That same day it hit mi­nus 34 on the moun­tain’s sum­mit, which is more than 6,200 feet high.

There’s a happy end­ing: Rachel Raske, 27, of Low­ell, Mass., said yes.

Dar­nell’s fa­ther, Doug, tagged along to record the event with his cam­era. He said the wind was blow­ing so hard it knocked him on his back when he got out of the car.

Raske was stunned by the pro­posal.

“Af­ter about 10 min­utes of her cry­ing, I said you’d bet­ter stop cry­ing or your eyes are go­ing to freeze up,” Doug Dar­nell re­called Satur­day.

The Dar­nells had hiked Tuck­er­man’s Ravine pre­vi­ously and the younger Dar­nell de­cided he was go­ing to pro­pose to his girl­friend next to a wa­ter­fall.

The younger Dar­nell se­cretly sought per­mis­sion from Raske’s fa­ther for his daugh­ter’s hand in mar­riage be­fore mak­ing the trek.

DOUG DAR­NELL VIA THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Josh Dar­nell pro­poses Thurs­day to Rachel Raske in Tuck­er­man’s Ravine, N.H.

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