Thursday, October 22, 2009
John Bachar (1957-2009)
Legendary climbing icon, John Bachar, fell to his death on July 5; the L. A. Times reported this tragedy. Bachar, one of the original Yosemite "Stonemasters" was best known for his free soloing (climbing without a rope) exploits. Details of the accident are sketchy; but, he apparently fell during a climb in the Mammoth Lakes area of California. Several excellent U-Tube videos of Bachar's climbs are offered on the Climbing website. Rock & Ice offered an interesting insight into the philosophy and personality of John Bachar. He was "one of a kind".