John Bachar - In memory of a great man 1957 – 2009


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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
I'm hurtin . . .

Ice climber
land of cheese and beer
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:31am PT
Oh man, I'm REALLY hurtin now . . .

Thanks for giving us all something to shoot for John. You inspired so many of us more than you could know.

Prayers and condolences to family and friends.


Jul 6, 2009 - 12:31am PT

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:35am PT

Rest In Peace John.


Jul 6, 2009 - 12:35am PT
I'm shocked and saddened. John was a hero.
When Scott and I were getting ready in Camp 4 to climb Mescalito back in 77, John said, hey man, I'll come and play for you guys.
Late one afternoon high on the wall the sound of a sax came wafting up from the meadows. He was true to his word.
My condolences.


Trad climber
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:35am PT
I can't believe this!

I talked to him for the first time only yesterday, about shoes, and was struck by his trusting and generous nature toward a guy he'd never met.

God bless him forever. And all of his family.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:37am PT
We're all a little speechless still.


Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:38am PT
John and I became friends in recent years and the guy taught me a lot without even trying.

My thoughts are with Tyrus now. I wish him all the best that life still has to offer and hope he is well cared for.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:41am PT
Good stuff, Werner.

I never met John, just sparred with him here online. Of course I never knew him, I got the DVD of his, but I feel for you guys who really knew him. It sucks losing a buddy!

It really does.

Sorry, john, rest in peace, dude. God bless ya!

Ice climber
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:41am PT
Pam here. Truly hard to believe. My heart goes out to his close friends and family. A huge loss.

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:41am PT
no f*#king way

that ain't right

oh crap. we just got back from Mammoth oblivious to events. This is so sad. I hope that it helps that we're all thinking positive thoughts for the friends and family of John. I really appreciated all the folks that posted up for Brutus. It's not really fair that we return the favor in this convoluted way, but we know what it's like.

John was the guy that lived his dreams and thru those dreams we were inspired to be better.

I didn't know him personally, but I first saw John in person in the Gorge in the late 80s or early 90s. He was soloing Expressway, getting warmed up. He loved the Gorge, you could see it.

Many years later I got to meet him in person outside the confines of the climbing community at a show that his brother was playing at. (Positive vibe to ya man!) He was livened up at this show. Until I saw pics of on the taco of him smiling, I didn't think he smiled. At this show he was just kicking it enjoying the music. Got to shake his hand and chat a little about climbing and a little about music, but it was a cool moment.

Even later I found out what a cool cat he was. When I was trying to find a replacement boot for cracks he gave the dialed in beta for sizing the JBs. I thought I had too big, so sent them back, got the sligthly smaller size. Turns out they I should have stayed with the larger size. John, you were right.

John, thank you for the iconic imagery, the dreams, the style, oh damn yes, the style!

I'm glad I was climbing on pocketed east side volcanic stone today. Like medicine that needed to be taken.

Much good mojo to friends and family


Jim Pettigrew

Social climber
Crowley Lake, CA
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:41am PT
I'm shocked, surprised, without words! Our freind JB and I spoke just recently about traveling to Italy to climb in the Dolomites! Exchanged stories of our expeirences eating Italian and wishing for another chance to indulge. Cherish the moments with those you love! Life is short. That was a great moment I spent with John on Wednesday! I'll struggle with this for some time as so we all will.


Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:42am PT
It can't be. I just saw him Friday night, 26 June.
Please let this be a joke.
tokyo bill

Social climber
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:42am PT
A legend and an inspiration even to those, like me, who never met him. Deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:43am PT
I just got off the phone with Dave Yerian. He is really busted up over this sad news. John meant so much to him as I'm sure he did to many of you out there. I didn't know John that well, but I surely had a grand respect for who he was. Dave said it well, It's not about the climbing accomplishments, it's about the community and John was big in both respects. Peace and Love to all of our community in these tough times.
Grant Meisenholder

Trad climber
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:45am PT
Whoa- When I saw this thread earlier today, I thought it was some sort of strange joke, so I didn't bother to read. In my heart I cannot believe it. Really? Truly then, a legend has passed. He was always one of the greats I dared not even dream of aspiring to match. I don't know of any other year that has seen so many of our finest get taken too soon. There must be some epic project in the great beyond that requires a perfect mix of humor, equanimity, and hardman which only these passings can provide.

My deepest condolences to all touched by JB.

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:45am PT
I'm speechless and stunned. Everything else seems so trivial now. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and with all of us as we just begin to comprehend the magnitude of our loss.


Trad climber
Mental Physics........
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:47am PT
A very sad day....

we've lost a great friend and the world has lost a superstar.

my breath is gone....
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