John Bachar - In memory of a great man 1957 2009


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Social climber
Ventura, California
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 5, 2009 - 11:59pm PT
I lost my breath today when I could only get his voice mail but I hung on that such a thing would be impossible. John was always one to do the impossible though.

There are too many good stories to tell but for now a heavy heart can only post this photo.

Rest in peace Bro
ron gomez

Trad climber
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:01am PT
Amen Mike! Wish I could say more but I'm ballin my eyes out and shaking like a leaf.

Jul 6, 2009 - 12:04am PT

Jul 6, 2009 - 12:07am PT
Oh, No ,No , No,

Please tell us NO. Mike!
Double D

Jul 6, 2009 - 12:08am PT
You will be sadly missed. Thanks for all the good times, laughs and total inspiration. Godspeed to you...

Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:10am PT

Trad climber
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:11am PT

Beautful and so appropriate. Peace to John, family and friends. This is shocking.

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:11am PT
I remember driving all the way out to Fort Collins in the early 1970s to meet JB and go on a grand bouldering tour and try and pick off as many Gill problems as we could. Back then, nobody drove from Yosemite to Colorado to go bouldering - but we did.

John was so stoked that hed wired all the stuff at Horsetooth Res. and could give me perfect beta. Then it was off to Pueblo where we actually met Gill and he gave us the most fantastic guided tour. Bachar could basically climb anything back then, and his free soloing was off the charts. He was the best, and anyone who saw him on the sharp end knew they were watching something rare, a real trad master.

Sh#t, Im rambling, but it does some good to write what I can.

Like I said earlier, they better get the lead out upstairs because a legend is on his way, and he wont be sitting around up there, neither.



Trad climber
From a Quiet Place by the Lake
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:11am PT
As I said in the other thread No way not John. So much to say and so little time to say it.

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:12am PT
This touches me and no words can do it justice. To a personal idol and a hero...RIP. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:13am PT
Too sad for words....

Boulder climber
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:15am PT
Never met him
Wish I'd had the pleasure

The man was a legend, a myth

Godspeed sir! Godspeed!

Jul 6, 2009 - 12:15am PT
I'm numb... shaking...
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:21am PT


Stellar Dude to our family in the past......

And forward to the nowdays....Hashbro and John at the '08 Josh Reunion.

Dan Leichtfuss, John Bachar and Ed Sampson at KP'S home in JTree ...."talkin' about the good times."

Heartsick, too many losses.


Big Wall climber
Cape Town / Japan
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:23am PT
What tragic news. I like many others thought that JB was invincible.

My deepest condolences to all his friends & family.

RIP John Bachar.
KP Ariza

Jul 6, 2009 - 12:25am PT
This one of the most bizarre things I have ever heard

This F-ing sucks

Prayers out to friends and family

Trad climber
the end of the world as we know it, & I feel fine.
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:26am PT
A Love Supreme... what a wonderful album... I'm breaking it out right now.... it's comforting to know he grokked the spirit of that Coltrane classic... what a spirit he was while here... and will be where he's going.


New Mexico
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:28am PT
My heart is heavy.

Ice climber
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:28am PT
I'm just stunned. John always seemed to have such mastery in his climbing that I could never imagine him going out this way.
A car accident, maybe...........but not soloing. Not John.

His impact on climbing was so massive I can't imagine anyone else filling his shoes. From his introduction of bringing sticky rubber shoes to the states, to his stance on ethics, his goofy clothing style (sometimes), his committement to soloing etc..

His legacy is huge and we have lost someone we'll never see or find again. It's so sad. REminds me that you have to take those moments with people when you can because they may never come around again.
rick d

tucson, az
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:29am PT
adios man
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