Sad news about Steve Karafa and John Bachar


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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.

Trad climber
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

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.

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!


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.

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.



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.


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

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.

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.

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...

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

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.


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!

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.

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.

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.

Trad climber
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, doubt...lingering grief. My prayers are with you and for you.
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