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


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Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:51am PT
Unreal! So sad! RIP JB.... you were the Man! I'm stunned..... Best to Tyrus and all of Johns family. He was beyond an inspiration. He was "how it was supposed to be done".

a tied-off Tomahawk™
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:52am PT
Take care, JB. You were awesome.

Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:53am PT
John was my insperation and goal.

So Sad.


God's Speed


Jul 6, 2009 - 12:54am PT
John lived an extraordinary life, inspirational to say the least.

I had John come out and do his fantastic slideshow in Provo.

He was asked at the end of the show out of all his achievements what was his greatest?

With no hesitation he answered, "My son."

He always talked about his son at the tradeshow, when we ate together, and when we climbed together.

This is so sad. I miss John already.


Boulder climber
San Jose, CA
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:54am PT
Even the greatest among us fall. May John rest in peace.

I only met him once, at the coffee shop in Mammoth, but his legend always loomed large for a climber coming of age in the 90s.

Big Wall climber
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:58am PT
God Dammit!!!! Bad times just keep coming and coming... Will miss you, John. :(

I'm stunned, shaken...
Bubba Ho-Tep

Evergreen, CO
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:59am PT
RIP John. You will be missed greatly.

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:59am PT
no words. he inspired my life. no words.

Boulder climber
Neil Young land
Jul 6, 2009 - 01:05am PT
I can't believe this.
my sincere condolences to his family
Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Jul 6, 2009 - 01:06am PT
I’m devastated. When John was in Boulder for his slide show a few weeks ago, I got down a bottle of whisky and we stayed up most of the night, talking about old times, but also making plans for an snowboarding trip to Alaska next year.

We’ll never get to that trip, but I am grateful for the recent rekindling of our friendship, and for memories of past, shared adventures.

Never miss a chance to be with your friends and family.

Peace to you, John.

Rick Accomazzo


Jul 6, 2009 - 01:06am PT
Disbelief and immeasurable sadness. You inspired more of us than you ever could have known. Safe journeys to all, this life and the next--

Trad climber
fresno, ca
Jul 6, 2009 - 01:07am 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. The mountains will miss him.

Jul 6, 2009 - 01:08am PT
We have lost one of the purest examples of climbing and the arc of human potential...somehow, I feel far more mortal tonight.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 6, 2009 - 01:08am PT
Heavy news... John was one of the shining stars of my generation and an inspiration to us all. My condolences to his family and loved ones. Too soon...

Trad climber
One Step Beyond!
Jul 6, 2009 - 01:11am PT
Just shocking - what a crappy year 2009 has been for climbers dying.

My heartfelt condolences to family and friends.

Climbing dropout

Trad climber
Vancouver, BC
Jul 6, 2009 - 01:13am PT
My condolences to his family and all of you who knew him ....

Trad climber
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Jul 6, 2009 - 01:14am PT
I've said about as much as I can on the first thread. John and I just drove from Denver to Durango last week. The whole time he was leaned forward in his back seat listening, talking, laughing. We discussed his son, his plans, ideas, old climbs... everything.

Yesterday we talked for more than an hour on the phone about what he wanted to do with his life... he had cool personal business plans (outside of Acopa) that made complete sense and we scratched our heads together trying to work through the details.

I have been at a loss since the first echo of this story left Mammoth.

John... thanks man. You were a friend.

As I prepare for my elderly parents to move on I am reminded of a line from J.M. Barrie... a line that never fails to bring tears to my eyes... "Death will be an awfully big adventure."


John and I waiting to start the show last Saturday in Durango, Colorado.

John and I with Ian, the manager at Pine Needle Mountaineering in Durango. He and John met up for an hour of bouldering before the show.

Jul 6, 2009 - 01:16am PT
Well, I think I’ll just go to the crag tomorrow and boulder a bit.And think about how bad this sucks! Sad, So sad.


Social climber
Jul 6, 2009 - 01:20am PT
What?! I saw the headline on the ST homepage but I thought it must be a mistake. Maybe John was posting something in memory of someone else or maybe someone made a mistake.

I truly thought of John Bachar as one of the greatest climbers. I respected his style and ethic. Heck, I even bought his shoes!

"fearless minds climb soonest unto crowns"

God Bless you and keep you in his arms John.


Big Wall climber
Jul 6, 2009 - 01:22am PT
I'm so saddened by this... Speechless, heavy heart. I feel for Tyrus.

On top of the sadness that continues to build over the loss of friends, I feel incredibly stupid right now... John and I started talking a lot when I discovered he was a funk and Prince fan. Since I know Prince personally, I gave John some super cool video and music that you can't purchase. He was totally stoked to get live stuff from Miles and Prince jamming together. He introduced me to some cool music I'd never heard.

John and I had talked a lot, planned photo shoot, after photo shoot and something always came up and we never got together to shoot. First he was in his car accident, then I bailed on him to hang out with a chick for the weekend, then the weather killed it a few times, then.... We'd planned on shooting this fall tho, when temps cooled down on the East Side.

I wish I'd canceled other things, made it happen. I wish I had some photos to go with the memories I have of the times we hung out. I wish I'd have just shot some candids while we hung out. I wish I had those photos to go with some of the killer music John had given me. I wish.....
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