My (OUR) friend John Bachar


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ron gomez

Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 5, 2009 - 10:50pm PT
Someone call me. Just lost a huge friend! Tyrus I'll pray for you and your Dad.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Jul 5, 2009 - 10:51pm PT
No....what happend?

Trad climber
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Jul 5, 2009 - 10:56pm PT

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Jul 5, 2009 - 10:58pm PT
If this is true, I'm sad. I can't say much more.

Rest in peace, dude! And God bless ya.

Trad climber
Jul 5, 2009 - 10:59pm PT
Sad news.

Ron, email sent.

Trad climber
From a Quiet Place by the Lake
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:02pm PT
Noooo, Not John. I cant believe it
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:04pm PT
The next bus to the next world has a bunch of our friends seated together. As soon as we have a little more info, let's get a thread started with the proper respect and attention and put our prayers, tributes and recollections there.



Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:10pm PT
Rest in peace John, thank you so much for the legacy you have left, you touched so many people, some like myself without even a handshake.

My prayers are for you and your loved ones.

Deepest condolences,
Josh Mucci

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:20pm PT
Oh No.
Not Again.
This has to be one of the most impossible periods we've had around here.

Thanks John for all the sparks you made fly for so many of us for so many years.

My sincere sympathy to your family and all those old friends that you knew best.

You will resonate here forever.

Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:24pm PT
The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long."
Laozi (Tao Te Ching)

Rest in Peace Man.

You now have a healthy body once more.

Jerry Dodrill

Sebastopol, CA
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:25pm PT
Jesus. I can't believe this.

Trad climber
fresno, ca
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:30pm PT
oh icon. Tragic. The coming response from the climbing world will no doubt bear testimony to his greatness. Wish I could have met him. True condolences to his family and those who knew him well.

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:39pm PT
That had to be one helluva stout route or a bad hold. And yet, we're only human after all.

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:42pm PT
Absolutely tragic- John was an amazing person and an iconic climber- the climbing world will feel his loss deeply.

My thoughts and prayers to his friends, family, and loved ones.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:43pm PT
Sorry Ron, think I mailed you twice. Not thinking too well. Peace.

Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:43pm PT
"An honorable death is better than a dishonorable life."
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:43pm PT
Met john at the whizz domes with Dave Yerian and merry , around mid-eighties he never really said much to me and I was in awe watching him climb body and soul. Only later in Mammoth snowboarding did he seem to losen up and become more friendly. Glad I got to share some time with an icon and legend. RIP Bachar, you truley were the master. Paul Linaweaver

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:44pm PT
makes me kinda sick....too much death lately. Werner probably has some choice words.

C'mon Braun, say something...
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:46pm PT
Layton spoke to him ten days ago; got a new pair of shoes. He is as stunned as I.
It gives one pause to reconsider everything.

My twin brother's laundry room
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:50pm PT
Bachar and I had plans to climb this summer in the Meadows. He wanted to get his granite legs back underneath him.

The news is a punch in the heart. Another friend gone.

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:51pm PT
NO NO NO NO F*#K I don't think I can take much more of this.

My sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies.

Jul 5, 2009 - 11:52pm PT
john, my fav shoe designer and icon, i'm crushed.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:52pm PT

barely able to type. This is how I will remember John. I knew him for 38 years.

Jul 5, 2009 - 11:53pm PT
This is so, so sad. R.I.P.

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:53pm PT
The worst. Simply the worst news.

Trad climber
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:59pm PT
Damn. Peace to family and friends. Truly a bright light.
Camster (Rhymes with Hamster)

Social climber
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:00am PT
wow! so sad.

Ice climber
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:01am PT
This is a very sad day in the world of climbing . May God Bless John and all his family .
Camster (Rhymes with Hamster)

Social climber
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:02am PT
before I went to Patagonia, John told about me all his adventures down there with Bridwell. Truly hilarious stuff....this is crazy.....

the last bivy
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:02am PT
painful and startling, that first post had a foreboding to it so we knew it was a powerful death
Peace to all friends and family LP
Camster (Rhymes with Hamster)

Social climber
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:09am PT
When I was a youngster working in LA's film industry and escaping to J-Tree on the weekends (in the late 80s), JB would show up there in his 4-Runner with the entire back section loaded to the gills with ACES and other Boreal shoes. I remember buying a pair from him for dirt cheap. Not sure if they were rejects or what. But he'd tell us punks how good they were, etc. etc., and they ended up becoming (at least) my shoe of choice. For a very good reason. We had the same shape of foot. He also told me about Peter Croft getting rescued off that climb...crap, what's it called....which made for a really interesting interview with Peter I did in 1991 for Mountain. Man, sad to hear of his demise. A truly wonderful to all his family.

Trad climber
the end of the world as we know it, & I feel fine.
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:22am PT
This is so sad. It truly is difficult to believe.

I offer some words that I hope are appropriate and will comfort:

"Death cannot be understood without compassion. Compassion teaches me that when my brother dies, I too die. Compassion teaches me that my brother and I are one." Thomas Merton

"You don't get to choose how you're going to die or when. You can only decide how you're going to live." Joan Baez

Blessings and peace to you John... my heart goes out to all who are missing him.


Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:46am PT
How can this be?????
Tony Puppo

Jul 6, 2009 - 01:27am PT
How do we see when the guiding light goes out?

So sad, my best to Tyrus, Paola and family

chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Jul 6, 2009 - 02:29am PT
Just turned on my computer,I can't believe this ... Memories flashing by...

My deepest condolences to all of John's Friends and family.

Just stunned and sadden by this news.

Social climber
Now in the OC
Jul 6, 2009 - 02:31am PT
This is heart wrenching. I never got to climb with John, nor play music together. I was hopeful for both. What a crazy, f'ed up year this has been for climbers. It seemed like John alone could beat the odds, he did for so long.

Surfers have a Paddle Out for their fallen brethren. Can we have a gathering to share our love for Bachar and share thanks for all he gave to us?
we could have a tribute in the Climbing zone at OR, in a few weeks. There is also a day-after impromptu gathering in the Uintah's (Ruth Lake)that draws a lot of John's friends from the climbing world. Of course JTree would be a natural place to gather as well. Bring some pics to OR and we will have a memorial board and book in the climbing zone.

Social climber
Jul 6, 2009 - 02:43am PT
hey there... oh my... this is a bad shock tonight...

dear john...
you are gone.. and i'm crying...
the proof of how well loved you are...
i have only known you from what folks had said...
never will i have a chance to enjoy you in person,
as all your beloved friends and family have...

thank you for a life well lived, that we have gotten to enjoy here...
these folks have honored your name and your life so very well...
that you were and still are, one very fine climber and man...

dear family... i'm sending my deep condolences here...
this is very sad and hard to believe....

all you folks are wonderful climbers to come and sit with here...
now one is greatly missed.. and even more so, out there in the great outdoors....

very sorry for you loss, dear friends and family of john bachar...

may the good lord guide you all through this very awful and hard sad time... god bless and much love to you all...

Monument Manor
Jul 6, 2009 - 04:18am PT
Such a good friend :

The allnight jams @ the Stumps

The " Night Jet "

Mass solos in Tuolumne

Meeting James Brown in Reno

The attempted 4wheel drive ascent of Boundary Peak

And on and on.......

I'm devastated

Ride On John*


Trad climber
Placerville, California
Jul 6, 2009 - 09:40am PT
listen to a nice song.

look up at migrating clouds.

run your toes thru the dirt.

chew a pine needle.

in loving memory of a great man who shows me how to celebrate presence.

Trad climber
Sittin' Pretty in Fat City
Jul 6, 2009 - 11:57am PT
As empty as it feels to type this, I offer my deepest symapthies to his family. He left a legacy of achievment.

Trad climber
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:17pm PT
I am stunned. Just heard this news after a late night of fun and music and almost broke down.

I am so, so sorry for all of his close friends, family and the climbing community. This is a real shocker.

I think I'll go sit on top of a peak today and contemplate what this man contributed to our sport and community.
(And I'm not a big summit-type person.)

My heart goes out to his son and close friends.

Jul 6, 2009 - 12:30pm PT
Ron I'm lost for words, and shocked.


A deep dive in the shallows of life..
Jul 6, 2009 - 01:35pm PT
The weird thing is...we were all just posting on his 4th of You Lie thread...and I was thinking what an amazing, compassionate person John Bachar was...and...'s just words.

Trad climber
New England
Jul 6, 2009 - 01:40pm PT
Ugh, what can you possibly say....

I feel for Tyrus, this isn't fair to him. Hopefully he can take comfort in the fact that a community is behind him.

RIP John, you were an inspiration.
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City
Jul 6, 2009 - 02:02pm PT
Our sincere condolences to all friends and family..

the museum clan

Social climber
Newport, OR
Jul 6, 2009 - 02:08pm PT
...Just read about this...Don't yet know what happened...John has been a friend and my biggest inspiration in climbing since I was 15...God Bless you Man!

Sport climber
Silverado, CA
Jul 6, 2009 - 03:33pm PT
When I first read the thread about the "unknown climber" I thought of John, hoping it wasn't him. Now it looks as though it was.

John was an early hero for me and always had a good word when I would see him at the crags or a trade show.

A sad day indeed...
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