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graham

Social climber
Ventura, California
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 14, 2006 - 05:41pm PT
A few hours ago I received a call from Michael Reardon regarding the tragic accident involving John, Anastasia and his partner Steve.

At Michael’s request I’ll post this note he sent


Around midnight last night near the Nevada state line, John Bachar, Steve Karafa (President of Acopa) and John's girlfriend Anastasia were involved in a car accident on their way home from the trade show. We're still not sure exactly how the car ran off the road (no drugs or alcohol were involved), however, Anastasia suffered minor injuries, Steve died at the scene of the accident, and John was air-lifted back to a hospital in Utah.

I spoke with John this morning and his primary injuries were to his neck and spine, of which four vertebrae were fractured. So far, it appears that John will have a full recovery physically and may even be released from the hospital in the next couple of days, however, the loss of his close friend Steve is another matter entirely. The same holds true for Anastasia.

John's father is on his way to the hospital and his son is still with his mother for the summer. I have been told that Steve's father has been contacted as well. I would ask that folks politely respect John's privacy while he deals with this matter, and will keep you posted as more details come to light.





My condolences to Steve’s father whom I just met in Salt Lake City and to his family and friends. My wife and I wish John all the best and a speedy recovery. I understand right now he just wants to get home to his son.

MG
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
St. Louis
Aug 14, 2006 - 05:45pm PT
No. f*#k. ugh.
lazide

Big Wall climber
Bay Area, CA
Aug 14, 2006 - 05:45pm PT
Holy crap! Condolences to Steve's family, and well wishes to Anastasia and John - I hope they recover quickly and with no scars. :(

Good luck you two, get better soon.
Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand, Man.....
Aug 14, 2006 - 05:46pm PT
Wow! Unreal.... Glad for those who made it are ok, and very sorry for the loss of Steve. Condolences to Steves family and friends and all the best to John and Anastasia.....
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Aug 14, 2006 - 05:50pm PT
i'm at a total loss for words. godspeed to all.
sling512

Trad climber
Chicago
Aug 14, 2006 - 05:52pm PT
Horrible news... my condolences to Steve's family and for John and Anastasia's injuries. We all pray for a speedy recovery.
vegastradguy

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV
Aug 14, 2006 - 05:55pm PT
our thoughts and prayers are with steve's friends and family....

best wishes to john for a full and speedy recovery as well.
T-2

Mountain climber
Baldwin Park , Calif.
Aug 14, 2006 - 05:55pm PT
All are in my thoughts.
Very sad news.
Tony
susan peplow

climber
Desperately Seeking Climbing Related Topic!!
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:00pm PT
Wishing John and Anastasia a fast recovery both physically and emotionally. My condolences to all the many friends and family of Steve.

It's always difficult to hear such tragic news.

-Susan

Largo

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:02pm PT
Condolences to Steve's family.

Still trying to find out the extent of John's injuries, but if they are considering releasing him from the hospital "in the next few days" I trust he's not horribly injured. Should he be so lucky when his friend and partner died.

Hope you are okay, JB.

JL
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
St. Louis
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:03pm PT
I keep rereading this and it won't sink in. My thoughts are with all involved.
Gene

climber
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:06pm PT
I'm praying for all involved.

Godspeed!

Gene
Mimi

Trad climber
Seattle
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:17pm PT
Tragic news for all involved. Our condolences to Steve's family.

To a very speedy recovery John and Anastasia. Stay strong through your love for Steve.

Thoughts and prayers,
Mimi
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:20pm PT
It would seem it's been a rough year in this regard...

Condolences to Steve's family, to John a speedy and full recovery, and all strength and kindnesses to Anastasia...
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:23pm PT
Can't really take it in. Condolences to all. Whatever we can do, we will.
JuanDeFuca

Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:29pm PT
Tragic,

My prayers go out to John and Anastasia.

Sorry for your loss.

Glad you two are going to be ok.

Jeff
Gene

climber
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:36pm PT
Does Steve have a wife and little ones?
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:47pm PT
My heartfelt sympathies to John and Anastasia, and to Steve's friends and family.

R.I.P.
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno, CA
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:49pm PT
So sorry to hear about this... Wow! My heartfelt condolences to Steve's family and friends.

Glad you are OK, Anastasia. Hopefully a speedy recovery to you, JB. You let me know when you need those CD's I was bringing. Since they won't be for jiving and climbing for a while, maybe they can help you jive in your mind while you recover, brutha!

ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:55pm PT
Thanks Mike for the post, feels like getting hit with a block hearing this kind of news. I'm sure John and Anastasia will have the help of a lot of friends in and out of the climbing scene. Pray and think for Anastasia, John and Tyrus. Deepest condolences to Steves friends and family. Hope all is well as can be John.
Peace
I'll tye some flies for Steve, maybe get me some fish
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Aug 14, 2006 - 07:00pm PT
Even only knowing known John and Anastasia from online, the news is still of course shocking and wrenching. We do become friends/neighbors/part of a community. I am so sorry for the grief and pain those who are close to Steve are suffering with such an unexpected and tragic loss, and will keep them in my thoughts.
roslyn

Trad climber
washington
Aug 14, 2006 - 07:09pm PT
sorry to hear such bad news.

here's wishing a speedy recovery to John and Anastasia

my condolences to Steve's friends and family
Tahoe climber

climber
Texas to Tahoe
Aug 14, 2006 - 07:47pm PT
My sincere condolences to all involved.
Please let the community know if there's anything at all we can do to help.
-Aaron
deuce4

Big Wall climber
the Southwest
Aug 14, 2006 - 07:51pm PT
Super sad to hear about Steve--he seemed like a great person from the few times we met at the trade shows.

Heal up soon, Johnny Boy!

Fluoride

Trad climber
California somewhere
Aug 14, 2006 - 07:58pm PT
Wow, tough year in the climbing world when it comes to loss.

Condolences to Steve's family.

JB/Ana, wishing good vibes and a speedy recovery.
WBraun

climber
Aug 14, 2006 - 08:25pm PT
Oh oh

Like WTF? All that dangerous sh#t we always do and then on the road it's hell.

Condolences to all those whom lost and best wishes for a speedy recovery John. Broken neck?

Damn ................
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Aug 14, 2006 - 08:27pm PT
Cars!!! The real risk factor for rad climbers everywhere.

Love and condolances to Steve's family as he goes on the the greatest adventure of all.

Last time I talked with John he expressed great sincerity in his appreciation for Anastasia, who is a quality person. I'm glad she's OK and am sure she'll help John with his rehab. Maybe he'll have more time to waste writing some memiors or sharing on Supertopo once the healing is well underway.

Hope everybody finds a way of finding some light in a dark situation.

Peace

Karl
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Aug 14, 2006 - 08:28pm PT
Another bright light goes out; my condolences to Steve's family and all who were close. Be well Anastasia and John. Heal up JB, you got the good juice in ya. Tragic.

Roy
T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
Aug 14, 2006 - 08:36pm PT
Sheesh really sad news. All involved are in my prayers.
Raoul

climber
Aug 14, 2006 - 08:44pm PT
F*#k. F*#k f*#k f*#k f*#k f*#k F*#K.

This hurts deeply and words escape at the moment. Prayers, love, healing.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Aug 14, 2006 - 09:25pm PT
This is horrible news. I hope that John will be well again and I am glad that Anastasia had only "minor injuries", the trama of the accident is something that will undoubtedly take time to come to terms with.

I had met Steve through Acopa. John had asked me to get in touch with him to fit shoes and get them just right for my feet. After a lot of telephone tag we set up a meeting at the Acopa USA headquarters, which was Steve's El Sobrante home. I drove over one morning and met with Steve. It was a pretty typical climber's meeting, we talked shoes, Steve's history at UC Berkeley where he graduated, my history, our common interest in climbing and his interest in the outdoor equipment industry. It was a long ranging talk, all interspersed with trying shoes on and getting it just right.

I am sure that Steve had a busy agenda working for Acopa, but he was totally engaged in the "vision" of Acopa, providing superior products to climbers to enable their climbing. It wasn't just about selling shoes. The enthusiasm was evident and there was a real connection to the community.

Steve had a full personal agenda, I believe he was engaged, and there was his outdoor activities and all.

When I left, after finding the perfect fit, and ordering the shoes, I had the feeling that I was leaving the house of a long time friend. I had thought that this was a great new acquaintence that Steve and I would be talking together about this stuff we do for a long time. He was a new climbing friend.

So I am deeply saddened to hear of Steve's death in the automobile accident. My condolence to his family and friends. I feel lucky to have known him however brief that time was.
crankenstein

Trad climber
Louisville, CO
Aug 14, 2006 - 09:42pm PT
As a long time lurker I have to sign in to relay my condolences to all involoved. I have admired John's contributions to climbing for the last couple of decades and am saddened by this news. Hope you make a full recovery John.
darod

Trad climber
South Side Billburg
Aug 14, 2006 - 09:56pm PT
I don't know any of you "personally", but I wish you a speedy recovery and my condolences for Steve's terrible loss...
noshoesnoshirt

climber
hither and yon
Aug 14, 2006 - 09:56pm PT
Woof.
Anonymous condolences.
pud

climber
Sportbikeville
Aug 14, 2006 - 10:02pm PT
Again, words mean so little.

My condolences to Steve's family.
I wish for Anastasia and John to recover soon from thier physical injuries. My hopes and thoughts are with them for thier emotional recovery as well.



madbolter1

Big Wall climber
Walla Walla, WA
Aug 14, 2006 - 10:31pm PT
So, so sorry. What a tragedy! I hope for John's quick and complete recovery!
maculated

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Aug 14, 2006 - 11:09pm PT
Wow, sorry to hear it.

Can't say anything that hasn't been said before, but my thoughts are with you all.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 14, 2006 - 11:11pm PT
I don't think I've ever posted in one of thes types of threads, always feeling a sense of inadequacy to say anything meaningful as well as a feeling of intrusion on the misfortune of someone I only know by reputation or post.

About all I have to add is that when I read this it hit me in the gut like it had happened to a long time personal aquaintance or friend.

Farewell to those that are gone, good wishes and strength to those that are left to carry on.
dirtineye

Trad climber
the south
Aug 14, 2006 - 11:12pm PT
What a shock.

John and Anastasia, if you can see this, best wishes and get well soon.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Aug 14, 2006 - 11:21pm PT
I'm so sorry to hear not only of Steve's loss, but of John and Anastasia's injuries, and...no doubt...lingering grief. My prayers are with you and for you.
todd-gordon

climber
Aug 14, 2006 - 11:26pm PT
Sorry to hear this tragic news. Speedy and complete recovery to John and Anastasia,....strength and comfort to Steve's family and loved ones.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 14, 2006 - 11:26pm PT
This is very sad and upsetting news, and a reminder to us all. I hope John and Anastasia recover quickly and fully, and my condolences to Steve's family and friends.

I spent some time with the Acopa gang at the Outdoor Retailer trade show, last weekend. I know John from having played chess with him in Camp 4, and otherwhere, but hadn't met Steve or Anastasia. Both were a delight to meet and talk with, and the Acopa booth was a refuge from the hurly burly. Like Ed H, I felt I knew Steve quite well after only a brief acquaintance. We talked about much more than shoes.

Steve offered to give me a pair of Acopa Aurora lace-ups, which is the first rock shoe I've ever tried that fits my skinny feet. He thought I'd done them some small favour or other. I said it was appreciated but not necessary. Though I did say I'd order some from him by e-mail. Now I won't be able to. But I will buy the shoes.

I had a good talk with Anastasia about her teaching career and pending move to Mammoth. Glad to hear that she's physically ok.

Let's hope that John has the best of care, and recovers fully and quickly. And that Acopa thrives, in Steve's memory.

There's been little on what caused the accident, and maybe there's no way to tell. Perhaps fatigue was a factor. Most of us have done long drives while tired, and sometimes had near misses. Whatever happened, something to think about.

Anders
Slakkey

Trad climber
From a Quiet Place by the Lake
Aug 14, 2006 - 11:29pm PT
So, sorry to hear about this. It is hard to put into words what we all feel but, I think and hope that all involved get the message. Maybe in time we can all send a big get well card etc.
golsen

Social climber
kennewick, wa
Aug 14, 2006 - 11:43pm PT
tragic. I guess the initial post must have summed up a police report. I would feel bad no matter if drugs and alcohol were involved. Result is the same. I hope JB recovers soon and anastasia gets over her injuries. I feel very bad for the loved ones left behind.
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Aug 14, 2006 - 11:52pm PT
Nightmare! Sorry about the loss of Steve. I wish John and Anastasia a quick recovery. What a bummer!
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Aug 15, 2006 - 12:32am PT
I know this post may be a bit premature but I'm a practical guy and want to ensure that practical needs get met.

John's a Dad. I'm sure Steve has family. Let's be understanding if Acopa needs some extra time to deliver their shoes, but don't ignore them. As soon as they are on their feet again (no pun intended but it happened) it might be a good time to consider giving the shoes a try. The Spectres are very similar to the old Boreal Vectors which, in my opinion, were the prefect Yosemite shoes.

But lets not talk about shoes here, except that accidents lead to medical bills. Support the cause

Peace

Karl
aldude

climber
Monument Manor
Aug 15, 2006 - 01:17am PT
Nooo...what???? First Roberta.now Steve! That road to Utah is a widowmaker!

He will be missed

John and Anastasia....get well soon
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Aug 15, 2006 - 01:48am PT
I saw your post right away Mike and I have been really bummed all day long. This year has been rough for all of us and it shows all of our lives are way too short. Let us all make the most of what we have left and help others when it is needed. And remember to do things you want to do now before you don't have another chance.

Ken
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Aug 15, 2006 - 07:25am PT
My condolences to Steve's family and a speedy recovery for John and Anastasia.

Graham, please give John my best wishes.

Cheers

Patrick
Maysho

climber
Truckee, CA
Aug 15, 2006 - 08:45am PT
So sad. Returned from scattering Jeff Schoens ashes to hear this latest tragedy.

Did not know Steve well, but we met years ago at CityRock, and he was always energetically friendly at the OR show, he will be missed.

John, may you heal quickly, we all want to see you back on the rock and snowboard. and back here with good humor.

Peter
hardman

Trad climber
love the eastern sierras
Aug 15, 2006 - 09:09am PT
Condolences to Steve's family and friends.

JB get well soon you're my hero
Rhodo-Router

Gym climber
Otto, NC
Aug 15, 2006 - 09:41am PT
That's it, I'm walking through Utah from now on.

Your pain is felt here, friends and family.
Roger Breedlove

Trad climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Aug 15, 2006 - 09:51am PT
I am so sorry to hear this news. My condolences to Steve's loved ones and hopes for a full recovery to John and Anastasia.

Roger

Big Breasted Woman

Trad climber
The Brown Crack
Aug 15, 2006 - 10:17am PT
Read about this when it first posted last night. Just too stunned to reply at that point. Seems as though this past year has been a difficult one as far as sad news and climbers are concerned. John and Anastasia, may you get well soon. And to Steve's parents, family and friends, I wish you the strength needed to endure this difficult time.
poop*ghost

Trad climber
Denver, CO
Aug 15, 2006 - 10:30am PT
+++++++++++++ VIBES +++++++++++++++++

Sending out all the positive vibes I can... what a horrible nightmare. I hope for swift recoveries and some peace in your hearts.
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 15, 2006 - 11:06am PT
So sorry to hear of this.

If you guys need anything in SLC, please let me know. There are quite a number of climbers in the medical community here, especially at both trauma centers.

My condolences to Steve's friends and family.

-Brian in SLC
spyork

Social climber
Land of Green Stretchy People
Aug 15, 2006 - 11:36am PT
That's very sad. My condolences to Steve's friends. John seems like a really good person. I wish him and his girlfriend a speedy recovery.

Steve

edit: Geez, now I realize that I met Steve at his house in the Bay Area. He helped me figure out what mismatched sizes to order to my big mis-shapen feet. He said I was lucky the size 13 fit my bigger foot, the lasts dont go any bigger! Well if it helps John any, I will buy more shoes.
JAK

climber
The Souf
Aug 15, 2006 - 12:01pm PT
Oh man :(

No good. No good at all.

Hope everyone recovers fast and strong, and heartfelt sympathies to the loved ones and friends of those lost. Things like this always leave me feeling a little numb.
the Fet

climber
A urine, feces, and guano encrusted ledge
Aug 15, 2006 - 12:09pm PT
I'm so sorry. Best wishes to all involved.
John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Aug 15, 2006 - 12:18pm PT
Deepest Sympathy and Condolences to Steve's family.

To Anastasia and John, all the best for a quick and complete recovery.
handsome B

Gym climber
Saskatoon, Saskatchawan
Aug 15, 2006 - 12:21pm PT
So sorry to hear this. Best wishes and a speedy recovery (physical and emotional) to all.


-brendan
de eee

Mountain climber
Tustin
Aug 15, 2006 - 01:49pm PT
So sorry to hear about Steve. Deepest sympathy for his family and friends.
Quick recovery for John and Anastasia.
Way too much grief lately.
David, Margy and Jake
pc

climber
East of Seattle
Aug 15, 2006 - 02:08pm PT
Warm thoughts and condolences to Steve's family and friends. Wishes for a speedy and complete recovery to John and Anastasia.

Hug your loved ones,
pc
burp

Trad climber
Salt Lake City
Aug 15, 2006 - 02:23pm PT
My condolensces to Steve's family.

Get well soon John and Anastasia!

If there is anything you need let me know.

Mike
michaellane

climber
Spokane, WA
Aug 15, 2006 - 02:56pm PT
Goddam. Words are inadequate ... this is very, very bad news.

John, we're all pulling for you.

Steve was a good man. Smart, kind and passionate about his life. I'll miss you.

Sincere condolences to Steve's family and to his partners, JB and Dario, for their loss. Guys, let me know how I can help in any way.

--ML
AKDOG

Mountain climber
Anchorage, AK
Aug 15, 2006 - 02:56pm PT
Condolences and best wishes to all those that have been affected by this tragic accident.
Speedy recovery to JB
AlliRW

Trad climber
Ten Sleep, WY
Aug 15, 2006 - 03:00pm PT
Genuine, kindhearted, sincere, and generous beyond a person's wildest expectations...Steve was one of the most honest and real people involved in the climbing industry. His belief in Acopa and his wholehearted investment in the company account for so much of its success. He will be missed, and he is missed already...
Ksolem

Trad climber
LA, Ca
Aug 15, 2006 - 03:30pm PT
I just got home from some beautiful days in The Meadows, to find this awful news. I did not know Steve, but reading the many fond words of his friends here speaks volumes. My heartfelt sympathies to all who knew and loved him.

Anastasia, you are such a sweet kind person, and JB you have been an inspiration since back in the days when we used to follow you around on your circuits in JT just to be amazed...

Be well both of you...
chrisbloch

Boulder climber
Orinda, CA
Aug 15, 2006 - 04:23pm PT
I am totally stunned and upset....

Where do I begin?

I have known Steve for about 6 years. He and I shared an office when we worked for Touchstone Climbing. We had a great time at work, and away from work. I am so sad he is gone, because he was finally doing something that he truly believed in and took pride in, not to mention the fact that he was successful.

I remember when he started the Acopa thing, with boxes of shoes stacked in his house, completely confident that he would make the business work. He would tell me of his hopes and aspirations, while we drank beer and played Tiger Woods Golf on Playstation. He had a positive attitude no matter what bumps he encountered in the road. We had a great time together, endless laughs...

But Steve wasn't just a climbing shoe guy. He was a 5.13 fly fisherman! I will always remember the time on the Truckee, and while all I caught was a buzz, he just kept catching fish! "Just cast it right there," he would say. I was completely in awe of his knowledge of the river. I would also argue that if he had spent more time on the golf course, he could have gone pro. Steve had incredible talent, and while he would beat me by 30 strokes, I always enjoyed watching him play.

Steve was a genuine man, who I confided in, and whose opinion and ideas I respected. He was fun-loving, generous, caring, and intelligent. He was an entrepreneur with realistic optimism. He was one of those friends who you don't talk to for 6 months, and in one phone call, you get caught up in 5 minutes and the friendship picks up where it left off. I am still in disbelief that that phone call will never happen again.

My thoughts are with Sara, his family, and all of the people he touched in his time here. I will miss him deeply.

Chris Bloch
Lisa Raleigh

climber
Aug 15, 2006 - 05:06pm PT
I just want to share how saddened we are at Steve's death. I've had the pleasure of working with him for the past 3 years as he, JB and Dario launched the Acopa brand here in the US. Steve was always so upbeat and personable and I looked forward to all our conversations. He never failed to greet me with a big hug at each OR show, and I had no way of knowing three days ago at Summer OR would be the last time we would see him. He epitomized what is so fantastic about our industry and he did it with a great sense of humor and style. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with JB and Anastasia as they begin their recovery process. Godspeed.
graham

Social climber
Ventura, California
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 15, 2006 - 05:34pm PT
I just spoke to both Anastasia and John. They’re doing as well as can be expected. I just want to pass along from them a kind thanks for everyone’s good words and support.

It sure hurts when we loose a friend and member of this close community.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Oakville, Ontario, Canada, eh?
Aug 15, 2006 - 05:36pm PT
It's always so sad and tragic to learn of stuff like this. My heartfelt condolences to Steve's family. Is Anastasia the same girl who sometimes posts here? Has anybody got a more recent prognosis?

I'm shaking my head - John has pushed the envelope free soloing possibly harder than anyone else who has lived to tell the tale. And now this.

You really need to live each day as though it were your last. If you are harbouring any feelings of ill will towards those who you love and who love you, you had best resolve them. You never know when you will be next.
chrisbloch

Boulder climber
Orinda, CA
Aug 15, 2006 - 06:39pm PT
FYI:

In the Elko Daily Free Press this appeared:

(Edited from a larger article)

ELKO — Six people are dead following three separate crashes on regional highways this weekend — and troopers say driver inattention, high speeds and failure to wear seat belts played a role in each of the tragedies.

Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Rocky Gonzalez said driver inattention and speed contributed to all of the crashes.

“The weather’s nice so the speeds are higher,” Gonzalez said. “When traveling long distances people need to remember to take breaks.”

.........

The third crash occurred on Sunday when a California man was killed after the vehicle he was in rolled on U.S. 93 about 33 miles north of Ely.

John Martin Bachar III, 49, of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., was driving south on U.S. 93 at 7:25 p.m. when he allowed his Toyota 4Runner to drift off the west road edge.

Bachar overcorrected to the left, the Toyota went across both lanes to the east shoulder and overturned.

“During the course of the rollover, a passenger seated in the rear was ejected,” Gonzalez said.

The ejected passenger, a 40-year-old man from El Sobrante, Calif., was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is not being released until after next of kin is notified.

Bachar and a third passenger, Anastasia Elleni Frangos, 33, of Santa Paula, Calif., suffered numerous injuries. Both were transported to William B. Ririe Hospital in Ely.
Fluoride

Trad climber
California somewhere
Aug 15, 2006 - 07:20pm PT
Yikes, poor JB, he was at the wheel during the crash. Was his friend not wearing a seat belt?

Man, that's going to leave some emotinal scars. Best wishes that he get through this with emotional strength. Something like that can be haunting for time to come.
CorporateDog

climber
Middle California
Aug 15, 2006 - 07:26pm PT
Positive vibes to the survivors and my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the deceased.

While I could never in my wildest dreams have hoped to have climbed at the level that John has done, and given that I have never been one to go for "hero-worship" - I will still say that Bachar's exploits was one of the driving forces that got me onto stone in the early '80's.

My first pair of honest-to-god climbing shoes were Fires because JB was the man.

Never met the man - would love to tho - heal quickly and recover to both John and Anastasia.
ha-ha

climber
location
Aug 15, 2006 - 07:29pm PT
condolences to steve's family.

speedy recovery to anastasia and john.
JEM

Social climber
Aug 15, 2006 - 07:31pm PT
I am very sorry to learn of the accident. John and Anastasia, I wish you a speedy recovery and offer my sincere sympathy over the loss of your friend.

JEM
Mike Ierien

Trad climber
Aug 15, 2006 - 08:13pm PT
Wow...wow. I'm just sitting here shaking my head. My prayers are with you all. Speedy recovery to all.
markolator

Boulder climber
CA
Aug 15, 2006 - 08:24pm PT
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Steve Karafa.
Anastasia, I sure hope you feel better soon, (although one can imagine it taking a lifetime to process what happened)..please tell John we hope he is not in too much physical agony, as for the emotional aspect...whew! Words fall short.
May you both heal swiftly and fully
God Bless,
Marko
Mike.

climber
Aug 15, 2006 - 08:26pm PT
Strength to you, JB, Anastasia and Steve's family and friends. Our condolence to you as well.

Mike & Moria
James

climber
A tent in the redwoods
Aug 15, 2006 - 09:10pm PT
Get well and stay strong.
F10 Climber F11 Drinker

Trad climber
e350
Aug 15, 2006 - 09:33pm PT
So sad to hear this news. Went to hop on ST for a little climbing info or other entertainment and this stuff pops up, what a bummer. Be safe out there
JuanDeFuca

Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Aug 15, 2006 - 09:41pm PT
It was an accident. They happen.


I nearly pulled the same trick on 395 near ridgecrest in a Ford Explorer. Road Hazard, over corrected, over corrected again and regained controlled at 75mph. I very easily could have shoot out into the desert and rolled it 6 times.

Scared me to death.

Also, have drifted off Hwy's when I was spacing out. Then swerved to get back on the road.

I cannot tell you how many times I have fought to stay awake driving home on 395.

I consider driving the most dangerous thing I do.

Seat Belts.




hashbro

Trad climber
Not in Southern California
Aug 15, 2006 - 11:49pm PT
Wow, my heart stopped the instant I saw the title of this thread a moment ago. Please no, not another friend gone in relative youth.

I'm very sorry for Steve's family, but joyous that John and Anastasia will pull through. Another powerful reminder to seize the moment, cuz it could be our last.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
St. Louis
Aug 16, 2006 - 12:27am PT
Yes PTPP, Anastasia is "our" Anastasia here on ST.com.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 16, 2006 - 12:30am PT
I was only at OR for 2 days, saw John and considered going over to say hi, but had an appointment.
Stayed over and yesterday sampled Jeff Lowe's via feratta so I only just got home. After 500Km of driving and only minutes from home I was a bit punchy and with the headlights on low nearly didn't see the 12' stepladder that apparently had blown out of somebody's truck and was laying diagonally in my lane. My ridiculously low 40" high car would never have cleared it.

We take the safety of driving for granted but its probably the most dangerous things most people do. I've been climbing more than 38 years and the worst injury I've ever had was a fractured spine from a motor vehicle accident.

According to insurance actuarial tables (and this boggles my mind) one in three people will be involved in a motor vehicle collision in their lifetime that involves a fatality to at least one of the persons involved.

Driving is fvcking dangerous folks. I avoid even needing to go to the store for a quart of milk until I need a whole bunch of other stuff too. I avoid rush hour traffic as much out of fear as annoyance. I avoid driving Halloween night and New Years Eve. And as a rule, I take a break at least every 200Km or LESS.


Its so sad to be continuously reminded of how potentially dangerous this world is AFTER THE FACT.
I guess it takes somebody in Jody's line of work who has to confront the harshest realities on a dailly basis to bear it in mind as much as we all really should.


My heartfelt condolences to the families involved. Speedy recovery John.
Hummerchine

Trad climber
East Wenatchee, WA
Aug 16, 2006 - 12:34am PT
Whoa, how incredibly horrible. So very sorry to hear this. Best wishes to John in his recovery, you will all be in my prayers.
Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
Aug 16, 2006 - 12:42am PT
I am very sad to hear of this tragedy. My condolences to Steve's family. This must be devastating for John and Anastasia and I hope for them a full recovery, both physically and spiritually.
Fluoride

Trad climber
California somewhere
Aug 16, 2006 - 12:43am PT
"I cannot tell you how many times I have fought to stay awake driving home on 395.

I consider driving the most dangerous thing I do."

A huge ditto on that Juan. I've almost fallen asleep at the wheel coming back from weekends in the Valley or Sierra more times than I can count. Luckily by this point I've got the drives pretty well dialed to know where I can pull over and take a catnap. Sometimes even just a half hour nap will make all the difference in making the drive a much safer one. When the head starts to nod, I'm pulling over.

After every weekend of climbing I'm usually more relieved I survived the long drive to and from the rock than the actual climbs themselves. Cause between our own driving, and the habits of others (love it when oncoming semi's on the narrow stretches of the 395 start drifting into your lane), driving can be just as dangerous than any climb sometimes.

What's really sobering is this summer, I really can't recall reading of any fatal climbing accidents. Yet we lose Roberta and now Steve to car accidents.
guyman

Trad climber
Moorpark, CA.
Aug 16, 2006 - 02:47am PT
This is not good, not at all.
John and Anastasia I hope for your speedy recovery.

Rest in peace Steve.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Aug 16, 2006 - 08:33am PT
Yep, I avoid driving (haven't driven in close to ten years, but here in Dublin public transport is good and I ride my bicycle every day to work).

Only fell asleep driving once, on 395, and if it wasn't for Claude Fiddler sitting next to me in the front (he was awake and grabbed the wheel) we all would probably have been toast.

Again, condolences to Steve's family and best wishes to Anastasia and John.
thedogfather

Trad climber
Midwest
Aug 16, 2006 - 09:09am PT
Words escape me. Only dealt with John via email and Steve on the phone. Get well John and Anastasia. Condolences to Steve's friends and family. There but for the grace of ......
Maţţ

Big Wall climber
Kiev
Aug 16, 2006 - 09:55am PT
Very sorry to hear this news. Best wishes to everyone involved.

I work a lot of wreck scenes, among other things. It's been said, but it bears repeating: seatbelts will save your life. I can't remember the exact number off the top of my head but IIRC you have a 300% greater chance of dying in a wreck if you are ejected from the vehicle. A highway patrol officer I often work the scenes with has told me that he has never, not once, found a seatbelted person in a wreck who was dead. I'm sure it has happened but it is rare.

Please, please wear your seatbelt.
eeyonkee

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Aug 16, 2006 - 09:58am PT
Terrible stuff. My condolences to John, Anastasia and Steve's family.
Touchstone Climbing

climber
San Francisco
Aug 16, 2006 - 10:03am PT
Touchstone Climbing learned Monday, that Steve Karafa passed away in a car accident this past weekend. We are all still in shock.

All of us at Touchstone would like to extend our condolences to Steve's family, friends and his longtime significant other, Sarah. Prior to working for Acopa, Steve was the retail manager for Touchstone. During his time with us, Steve developed a great rapport with many of us and with vendors throughout the industry. We are very sad to see him leave this world so unexpectedly.
dirtineye

Trad climber
the south
Aug 16, 2006 - 10:08am PT
WOW. Last time I took 4 people climbing, I asked if they wanted the seat belts in the back. They said yes, so I dug em out from under the seat, and they wore em.

IT was just a random thought, could have easily been overlooked, but I guess I'll never forget to do that now.

That's one small thing we could do to give this horrible death a purpose-- remind the folks in the back to use their seat belts too.
maldaly

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Aug 16, 2006 - 10:20am PT
Wow,
Just got rained out of the Uintas and returned to this sad news. I HATE driving yet still do way too much of it.

JB...here's wishes for a strong and speedy recovery. Take your time and absorb all the energy we can send you. Steve, don't know you too well but peace be with you my friend. Anastaisa, I'm glad your injuries were minor(?) but be careful to rest and take care.

Accidents suck.
Mal
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Aug 16, 2006 - 02:16pm PT
Does anyone have a picture of Steve Karafa they could post to this thread?
I couldn't find anything online. If he was previously the retail manager for Touchstone,
I would most likely recognize his face, and probably spoke with him at one time or another.

Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Aug 16, 2006 - 03:12pm PT
My deepest condolences to Steve's family & friends. I sure wish JB & Anastasia a speedy and full recovery. These things have a way of hurting long after the physical pain has subsided. I'm so sorry for all those involved. Get well soon!

Levy
the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
Aug 16, 2006 - 03:36pm PT
after a really good show @ OR i was a shocked to hear the bad news yesterday. I did not know Steve or anastaicia well and my heart goes out to them..
words will never bring someone back..

as for John, he is my friend, my mentor and the one person who really showed me how vision goes with climbing and first ascents!

JB- i hope you have a speedy recovery and let me/us know if there is anything we/I can do to help...

I also want to make the point that i hope it does not take the passing of someone for climbers to realize that in this day and age of numbers, hype, sponsorship and drama- JB opened the door for all the sharmas and potters to follow and WE/They/Us all owe him and the whole stone master crew major props for taking the passion of climbing and the vision that came with it and spreading it around the globe.
i would not be the person and climber i am, would have never experienced the joy and heart break of the free muir, nor had the vision to bolt in Rifle and potrero had i not had the chance to climb with JB and the masters of the 80's!

JB- you will always be my friend and hero and i thank you for allowing me to climb with you all those years!!!!!!
If we need to raise money for hospital bills i will be the first to donate and the first to hit up everyone who climbs to make it happen!
kurt smith
LongAgo

Trad climber
Aug 16, 2006 - 03:58pm PT
John,

Should the back/neck issue be anything where surgery is advised, I am happy to offer information I have gleaned from five years of back hell (now over) and a so-so back surgery. As a ringer of airport security bells from hardware in my back and elsewhere, I know Bay Area surgery, orthopedic and rehab resources well (including UCSF). Happy to offer whatever lessons and cautions my medical wars offer.

Tom Higgins
Matt

Trad climber
places you shouldn't talk about in polite company
Aug 16, 2006 - 04:14pm PT
i was avoiding posting in this thread because i didn't know what to say- "huge bummer, so sorry to hear it, what a shame, coulda happened to anyone". it's all been said.

this morning on the way to work i came upon stopped traffic where 2 fwy's come together, and as i slowed down a car in the other lane flew by me at 65 or so. the guy might have finally been on the brakes for the last 30 feet before plowing into a stopped car, lifting it up and pushing it into the next stopped car. everyone had airbags and seatbelts, no blood, i left my # and drove to work.

i'm always telling my mom that the most dangerous thing i do is drive to and from the climbing. what bitter irony that JB gets badly hurt and it's in a rig, rather than falling off of one. accidents happen, even when superheros are driving. i'm sure he'll be back at it in no time.

more condolences to steve's family, i know a lot of people who knew him well and liked him very much.

love your family and be good to your friends, you just never know.
Wheatus

Social climber
CA
Aug 16, 2006 - 04:29pm PT
I just spoke with John at the hospital in Utah. He answered the phone in his room and told me that he fractured some vertebrae but there is no paralysis or loss feeling in his extremities. John said he might need surgery but there was some indication they might release him today. He seemed either in pain or heavily medicated so his state of mind may not be clear. The doctors expect a full recovery. I only asked a few questions and expressed my condolences on the loss of his friend.

Anastasia is bruised but essentially uninjured.

Steve was a sleep in the back (no seatbelt)when John's SUV rolled.

My condolences to Steve's family and friends.

I keep telling my 10 year old son that driving is the most dangerous activity he will ever do....please slow down, wear a seatbelt and be careful.


immanti

climber
Aug 16, 2006 - 05:38pm PT
I want to thank everyone for their condonlences, thoughts and prayers, as well as for the support you've offered in so many ways. This is obviously a very difficult and sad time for all of us at Acopa. We are all hoping for a speedy recovery for John and Anastasia and mourning the loss of our friend Steve. Thank you for keeping them in your hearts and in your minds.

Dario Piana
burp

Trad climber
Salt Lake City
Aug 16, 2006 - 06:36pm PT
Dario,

Wishing Acopa the best as Acopa picks up the pieces.

I know I'll have plenty of patience while ordering shoes as Acopa adjusts. Acopa has already won my brand loyalty and it will remain through this tough transitional period.

Mike
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Aug 16, 2006 - 06:53pm PT
Just got in from a trip to the Eastside and read this terrible news. Very sad to hear about Steve and hope that John and Anastasia have a complete recovery.
AnnaJ

Sport climber
Fort Collins, CO
Aug 16, 2006 - 07:10pm PT
John, Anastasia, and Dario - Your in my prayers. I'm here if you need anything at all. I know you guys have probably gotten five million phone calls so I'll wait to get in touch.

Steve was an awesome guy. He will be deeply missed.

Anna Jenkins
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
Aug 17, 2006 - 01:13am PT
I'm so sorry to hear this has happened.

We just got back from Bishop and haven't been checking in to ST in a while.

God's peace and rest for Steve, and prayers and love to all his family, friends, and loved ones.

JB and Ana heal quickly --- and prayers, peace, and love be to you.

Driving is probably the most dangerous thing we do in our lives. I think we all know that at some gut level, but we sometimes take it for granted and forget. Driving can sometimes be an extreme activity, anything can happen. My wife and 2 children were involved in a serious 6 car accident this past Spring. The Volvo was totaled, but thank God my family was safe and no injuries occured, everyone was wearing their seatbelts and the kids were in carseats (we just bought the larger carseats so they can continue to stay in the seats until they are bursting out in height and weight by law) and it clearly saved their lives. It wasn't my wife's fault, but things happen. Be careful out there and always wear your seatbelts and drive defensively. Anticipate what can happen, don't drop your guard, and adjust your driving accordingly. Drive so you can drive another day. Don't forget the 7 Ps (words of wisdom from Galen Rowell).

Keep on loving, living and climbing. Be safe.
dt

Mountain climber
Mammoth Lakes
Aug 17, 2006 - 01:23am PT
I started climbing around 1985. Until then I was lost in Los Angeles. 20 years old and no direction. I discovered rock climbing through magazines I bought at REI and Bachar was all over them. His free spirit, courage, and style inspired me so much I have always considered John a big part of who I am now and why I chose the mountains as a lifestyle.

I have lived in Mammoth over 10 years now and have known John almost all of those years. In most ways John is just another dirt bag eastside climber, but hes freakin John Bachar! I work at Mammoth Mountaineering and our staff, young and old, are in awe of John when he comes to hang out at the store. Its funny seeing a 19 year old new kid to the area blown away at meeting John and talking climbing with him (the same way I was just 10 years ago at age 31). He is still very inspiring to so many of us.

I talked to John tonight. Sounds like he has a long recovery and will have to wear a neck collar for some time to make sure his neck is safe. My heart and so many in our community have a broken heart for John and what he must be going through. He has heard about this thread and it sounded like it made him feel better to know so much love is pouring for him. Our store has had many many well wishers come by and ask what they can do to help. More than a couple of people have offered to go where ever and work the Acopa phones and help with shipping or whatever else John and Dario and Acopa need.

John, like so many climbers and struggling entrepreneurs, didn’t have insurance and will need some good medical attention to get him climbing hard again. This community is getting donation jars going to different stores in Mammoth and Bishop. We will have a fundraiser effort to be defined soon. I don’t know how the fundraising will happen or who will collect, but anyone can email me, dave@mammothgear.com, if they want to help. Please keep John and Anastasia in your hearts and minds and we will all help them recover from this horrible tragedy.

I can’t get Steve’s wide eyed smile out of my mind. I don’t think I ever saw him not smiling. Everytime I passed the Acopa booth I would see John, Anastasia, Dario and Steve just loving it. The Acopa booth was hopping. Smiles, buyers, and good will was ever present. I’d throw Steve a big smile knowing he was stoked at the success he and John and Dario created. His perma smile grew large to meet mine as he was talking to some Japanese buyers. John was on their couch showing the shoes with an equally positive look and smile. I must have walked by 20 times and it was always the same.

I am so sorry to Steve’s family for their loss. I just hope there is a way to feel that someone lived a great life, their way, and touched so many that it helps a little.

Here in Mammoth we have had a horrible 12 plus months filled with personal tragedy. Thank God John isn’t lost. He’s our legend. The climbing community has also been filled with tragedy recently. John belongs to a bunch of great communities that will undoubtedly see him through this.
dave talsky
Nate Smith

climber
UT
Aug 17, 2006 - 02:01am PT
I just got back from the hospital having visited with John. He will be flying back to CA tomorrow along with Anastasia, his father and brother. He was able to walk for the first time today and is already flirting with the nurses. Anastasia is doing well, but is pretty shell-shocked.

Anastasia and I drove to Ely this morning to recover what personal items we could from the truck. After seeing what was left of the 4 runner I don't know how he survived...don't really know what else to say.

My condolences go out to Steve's family.

Nathan Smith
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
St. Louis
Aug 17, 2006 - 02:03am PT
I don't have any photos of Steve. The photos of Anastasia that I have would earn me a pummeling from her should I post them! Bruised or not, I'm not taking her on!!! Here are a couple of my favorites of John. I point a camera and he makes a funny face! In the one photo, he's drinking water - he needs nothing more to be the life of the party. I hope they make everyone here smile as much as they make me smile. Hopefully you guys have some others to bring smiles to all of us....


Steve's sister

Sport climber
Las Vegas, NV
Aug 17, 2006 - 02:05am PT
Thank you so much for all your heartfelt condolances and support! My parents and I appreciate all the kind words and prayers. We ask that you keep Steve's fiance, Sara, in your prayers as she has lost her greatest love of 19 years.

My father and I will be working to keep Acopa and Steve's dream alive. We appreciate the grace and continued support you will give Acopa.

Steve will be cremated on Friday and we will be spreading his ashes as far and wide as his free spirit.
Our love and prayers go out to John and Ana. We wish them both a speedy recovery. Ana, thank you for your special favor.
Love to all, Lisa Karafa
Juanito

Social climber
San Diego, CA
Aug 17, 2006 - 02:08am PT
Terrible news. Get well soon John.

Can someone post a photo of Steve?

John
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Aug 17, 2006 - 02:20am PT
Breakfasts with Bachar at Tioga Pass Resort were not only intimidating, but inspiring.

Get well quick John and Anastasia (I'm Greek, too, my family comes from Thasos in the N. Aegean).

My sincere condolences to Steve's family.

Even two days later, I still can feel the shock of the first reports.
Jacob

Trad climber
yucky valley
Aug 17, 2006 - 02:25am PT
my deepest condolences to steve's family. i never was able to meet him but he sounded like a great person.

lets post some photo's of him in his honor






ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Aug 17, 2006 - 10:38am PT
How about keeping this thread on a positive level. NOT something John or Anastasia or ANYONE else wants to be thinking about now. Let's hope for a quick and full recovery and things may take care of themselves
Peace
Hope yer doing well John!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
St. Louis
Aug 17, 2006 - 11:54am PT
Is there any information on where we can send wishes/flowers for Steve's family and friends? For John? And for Anastasia?

Any updates on John and Anastasia?

You two are still very much on my mind - take care of yourselves and get well soon.
Ultrabiker

Ice climber
Eastside
Aug 17, 2006 - 11:57am PT
Dave and Autumn Talsky of Mammoth Mountaineering Supply are taking immediate donations for John and his ensuing Medical Bills. They are also working on some "Local Fund Raiser's" for our local Hero and Legend. If you all care to, you can send what you can (Check's or MO's preferred) to:

Mammoth Mountaineering Supply
("John Bachar Fund")
PO BOX 2297
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Thanks soooooo much in advance!!!

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
St. Louis
Aug 17, 2006 - 12:21pm PT
Please post about the "local" fund raisers because I think that many of us who aren't local will make every effort to attend and give.

I assume Mammoth is taking cards as well? Thanks for the info...
the Fet

climber
A urine, feces, and guano encrusted ledge
Aug 17, 2006 - 12:26pm PT
John,

Maybe some day you'll read this and you may be going through some of the same feelings I had when I lost one of my best friends in an accident I was present at about 10 years ago. I thought I'd share what I went through in case it may help you.

Although I knew it wasn't my fault (accidents are just that) I couldn't escape the feelings of responsibility for letting it happen. People would tell me "don't blame yourself", but I kept thinking I should have known better, I should have done things differently, I could have stopped my friend from making a bad decision that cost him his life. I was depressed for an entire year over it. I finally realized I couldn't just not blame myself. I knew I had made mistakes and I couldn't just erase that. What I did come to do was to forgive myself. I knew my friend would forgive me, and he would want me to forgive myself. In this way I learned from what happened, a was finally able to let go.

For a few years after his death I would have dreams with him in them. In my dreams I would want to say to him "dude, I hate to tell you this but you're dead, I don't know what your doing here." It was funny though, I was always happy to see him, probably because I missed him so much and his death was such a shock.

I hope you are doing well.
Ultrabiker

Ice climber
Eastside
Aug 17, 2006 - 12:39pm PT
Crimpergirl:

Yes of course, Cards and Letter's also!!!!! Send and send!!!!
John and Anastasia will need all the support we can all muster up, regardless of what it is!
kin

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
Aug 17, 2006 - 12:44pm PT
Sara, The Karafa Family, The Acopa Family, Friends and Loved Ones,

You have my greatest sympathies, love, respect and support-- the same love and generosity of spirit and wellspring of friendship that Steve shared with us.

Steve, my friend, I will always hold you in highest regards and fondest of memories. Until I join you on the next Great Adventure, I will miss you more than words can say.

Your friend always,

Kin



Steve loved a campfire.




Steve and I on a 2004 Camping Trip.



Steve with his favorite fishing guide Todd France, in Montana.

dt

Mountain climber
Mammoth Lakes
Aug 17, 2006 - 01:22pm PT
wow, donations are already coming in! Keep an eye out for details of coming fundraiser(s).

Mammoth Mountaineering Supply is selling Acopa shoes at full price with 100% of sale price going to John's fund. We will cover initial shipping too.

We currently stock the Aztec, Chamelion, Sidewinder, Aurora, the kids Underdog, Spectre, and Aurora lace.

sorry, our website is down as we develop a new one. email or phone at 760 934 4191 or dave@mammothgear.com
ladd

Trad climber
land of fruits, nuts and flakes
Aug 17, 2006 - 02:33pm PT
My sincere condolense go out to the Karafa family - my prayers of comfort and courage to Steve's surviving family, Sara, John and Anastacia.

cheers
bcapps

climber
Aug 18, 2006 - 03:47pm PT
Words cannot express our loss. Everyone who knew Steve was changed profoundly by him. My prayers are with our precious Sara and the Karafa family during this difficult time.

May you rest in peace, our Brother...

BC




Goofy Steve and Super Sara:





Steve may have left us without saying goodbye, but at least he left with the Axe!
(Big Game 2002 - featuring proud members of the Super Sara Fan Club)

Anastasia

Trad climber
Near a mountain, CA
Aug 19, 2006 - 01:43am PT
What can I say about losing Steve? Nothing can replace him. We clicked immediately and spent our first night giving each other our life stories. During that night of stiff drinks and bad jokes, he told me about his great love for Sara and how she was his angel. He told me of his great respect and admiration for his father. We laughed over John’s quirks and teased each other about our own idiosyncrasies. We sat around that night sharing reveries and feeling the edges of our dreams reaching into reality.
During the trade show, we took joy in sharing our goals and celebrated as they surpassed our imagination. He was excited for he knew that he was making our present existence into one great adventure. All of us who shared it with him loved the ride and in each our own way loved him. We knew that all of us at Acopa had joined to be part of his family of dreamers.
That sundown in the aftermath of the car crash, Steve was still dreaming out loud when he left us. I watched the sky change into a thousand colors as the mountains lost their definition into a dreamscape. It was a sunset that never will be repeated again.
Unlike his dreams, he is now in a place where I can’t reach him.
I will never forget him or let his dreams fall into shadow. I am his witness.
If I can trade places with Steve, I would. If I could prevent John’s pain, I would.

My heart goes out to Steve’s family.

Right now I am working on recovering with John. We are still in shock, so please forgive us for not being very responsive. I will write a separate entry on a later date to clarify things and thank all of those involved with helping us.

Sending my best to all of you,
Thank you for your support, it is helping us through.
Anastasia Frangos
Anastasia

Trad climber
Near a mountain, CA
Aug 19, 2006 - 02:00am PT

Steve Karafa

Acopa Crew
sanie

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
Aug 19, 2006 - 03:46am PT
Sara, Betty, Big Steve and Lisa,

May you have the strength to get through each day. His absence has left an unbelievable void. We miss him, his generosity and kindness. He was a true friend. We don't have the words.

Love,
Sanie and Jeff


mikec

climber
Aug 19, 2006 - 04:04pm PT
Steve & Sara Pismo Beach May 2006

We will miss our friend.

Mike & Charity
agent k

climber
currently Berkeley CA
Aug 21, 2006 - 01:20am PT
Sad as in a morning sunrise.
num

Sport climber
mammoth lakes, ca
Aug 21, 2006 - 09:53pm PT
Saw another bit in a local NV paper - http://www.elynews.com/articles/2006/08/18/news/news04.txt

It scarily reminds me of having a friend ejected from the back seat of a vehicle I was driving at ~50mph during a rollover. I wish nothing but the quickest recovery for John and a confirmation that Steve will be remembered.
KJ

Boulder climber
Oakland, CA
Aug 24, 2006 - 01:07pm PT
ughhhh... I can't believe the news I'm hearing. My condolences go out to Sarah and Steves family.

I've known Steve for about 8 years. We worked together a while back, but we would always bump into each other since at trade shows and the climbing gym. It was always great to see him..... high energy, positive additude, a great friend. Steve taught me how to fly fish a while back in Yosemite on the Lylle fork of the tuolumne river. Fly fishing has since become a passion of mine that I will always be thankful for. Steve... you were a great friend and you will be missed greatly by all.

rest in peace buddy

love KJ
Ain't no flatlander

climber
Aug 24, 2006 - 01:23pm PT
Any update on JB's condition? Will there be surgery? Prognosis? Hope the healing goes well!
SKI - DOG

Social climber
Irvine, CA
Aug 24, 2006 - 07:11pm PT
Steve, Betty, Lisa and Sarah,

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Steve was an incredible person who filled everyone he met with joyful happiness. Whether you had just met him or had known him for almost twenty years he treated everyone with the same kind-hearted respect. He was a strong man with a very gentle heart.

Stay strong you guys, lean on each other and all of us for support.

Steve is gone, but he will never be forgotten! He's in each and every one of us who had the privilege of knowing him.

Rest in peace Steve, I love you.

SD
Loomis

climber
Praha, Ceska Republika
Aug 24, 2006 - 11:09pm PT
John, I wish you and Anastasia a graceful recovery, am so sorry for the loss of your friend Steve... Peace, Scott
Russ

Trad climber
Ventura, CA
Sep 1, 2006 - 11:24am PT
Very sad news. May John and Anastasia heal quickly and Steve's family find the strength to persevere. The support of the climbing community at a time like this is truely amazing!

Peace

Russ
Steve's sister

Sport climber
Las Vegas, NV
Sep 1, 2006 - 11:32am PT
John is having surgery today In LA. He should be back in Mammoth soon.
We want to thank each and everyone for your thoughts and prayers as we continue on with Acopa. Steve, Bettie and Lisa Karafa
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Sep 13, 2006 - 11:39am PT
Like many, I just saw John and Steve at the OR show. Once again I am reminded that we should all tell our loved ones we love them more often because you never know when will be the last time you will see them.

Let's all do MORE than our part to help out John and Anastasia.

SK

Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 14, 2007 - 02:30pm PT
It has now been a year since Steve Karafa died, so I thought an anniversary bump was in order.

I met Steve's parents and sister, and other family members and friends, at the recent Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City. There wasn't enough time to talk and hear stories, but it's clear they're doing a good job carrying on Acopa in Steve's memory.
Steve's sister

Sport climber
Las Vegas, NV
Aug 14, 2007 - 03:35pm PT
Thank you Anders!
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Aug 14, 2007 - 03:53pm PT
Lisa seems like a wonderful lady. Glad things are going well for Acopa.
Steve's sister

Social climber
Las Vegas, NV
Aug 13, 2009 - 08:37pm PT
3 year anniversary bump.

I miss you bro!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 13, 2009 - 08:39pm PT
Sista'....God do I know your pain. I will be praying for you and thinking of you. Peace will come.....and eventually Joy. I promise. Love, Lynne Leichtfuss

Edit: Good for you bumping this. Important for a variety of reasons.
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Aug 13, 2009 - 08:44pm PT
Steve's Sister,

I was just thinking about Steve today. I used to work w/ him a bit at Ironworks. I ran into a former co-worker that I hadn't seen for a long time who used to work more closely with Steve, and all of the sudden I became newly aware of his absence.

Wishes of peace for you and your family.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 13, 2009 - 10:09pm PT
Thanks, Lisa - I'd been thinking of Steve recently. It's sadly nice to be reminded of him again, and to remember him.
Fletcher

Trad climber
Shivasana
Aug 13, 2009 - 10:50pm PT
Peace and blessings all around...

Eric
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 13, 2009 - 11:58pm PT
Again, before I go to bed a hug and a prayer and I just don't know what else to do....except you can call me 24/7 if it gets too overwhelming. I am in the phone book and love yo all, Peace....Lynne
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