Warm hearts, subzero temps: Pair gets engaged on mountain
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.
Josh Darnell proposes Thursday to Rachel Raske in Tuckerman’s Ravine, N.H.