John Bachar - In memory of a great man 1957 2009

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jason Crichton

climber
NZ
Sep 3, 2009 - 09:51pm PT
John, You inspired me to become a soloist and I climbed to that end for 8 years. Only someone who tries to climb some of the routes you soloed or is familiar with the areas you climbed in, could have any idea what you were actually doing so long ago. Thank you for guiding me to soloing and especially now for helping me to stop it for good just as I thought to start again. My children are too precious and I am only just learning to live fully, even in hindsight of my soloing exploits. Growing in Love is so much more important than a short lived solo and extremely risky style of climbing. I say again however thank you for inspiring me to solo, it was one of the greatest gifts I ever had.
Now I want to climb with my children.

Jason of the Valley.
guyman

Trad climber
Moorpark, CA.
Sep 3, 2009 - 10:42pm PT
Just thinking about John, DR's post is right on!!

rIGHT NOW, with 3 plus Gin and Tonics in me all I can say is

John Bachar Rules .....

GK
sunnyside

Big Wall climber
boulder
Oct 12, 2009 - 03:38pm PT
[photo
A beautiful fall day in Boulder Canyon.
A beautiful fall day in Boulder Canyon.
Credit: sunnyside
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ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Oct 12, 2009 - 03:50pm PT
Thanks sunnyside, made my day sunnier! Posted some stuff on climbing art thread, one mention of Bachar on there!
Peace
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Oct 12, 2009 - 06:51pm PT
Thinking of him all day today, Ron....
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Oct 12, 2009 - 08:06pm PT
in memory of our hero J.B. from Stoney Point with love.
in memory of our hero J.B. from Stoney Point with love.
Credit: pyro
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Oct 12, 2009 - 08:19pm PT
Yeah, Came home early from a full hard day at the mines. Thinkin' Lynnie gal this is the year yo need to focus and make it happen. Thought of JB and all the times he said come on out and let me show yo some stuff on the rock.

Word: When it happens do it....I kept putting it off. John died. Sheee.

Live, Breathe, with Peace, Patience, Perseverance and Love.....love is not ever easy. Live it one Day at a time, one step at a time .....Breathe and listen to and guard your inner chee which fo' me is God. lrl
sunnyside

Big Wall climber
boulder
Oct 13, 2009 - 07:02pm PT
In memory of one, if not the greatest boulderer, I had ever met.
In memory of one, if not the greatest boulderer, I had ever met.
Credit: sunnyside
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Oct 13, 2009 - 07:07pm PT
Hey Lynne, John can still show you! Dan kept showing me stuff well after he and I quit seeing each other at the rock! Visualization, close yer eyes and visualize, the moves will be seen! When yo coming over for some grub??? Kelly and I would LOVE to have yo over!
Peace
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Oct 14, 2009 - 11:20am PT
Thanks for the encouragement Ron ! Close relative seriously ill. Will take a rain check on the dinner if that's ok. Peace to you and Kelly. lynnie
philo

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Oct 14, 2009 - 12:59pm PT
Really beautiful remembrance of John in Alpinist #28.
IDreamOfBishopCA

Sport climber
Nottingham
May 18, 2010 - 08:50am PT
Rest in peace John.

I feel bad only just finding this out. I dropped out of the climbing scene a couple of years ago due to work and time pressues, and still mean to take it up again.

This makes me feel tearful. It seems to me to be the beginning of a turn of the generations. When I was growing up in the UK in the 70s and early 80s, "Yosemite Climber" and "The Games Climbers Play" were our bibles... Those carefree, long haired guys with bandanas flowing in the breeze were our alter egos. We'd grow our hair as long as we dared, smoke weed on the gritstone outcrops of the Pennines, and talk about "The Valley" as if we knew it!

In the 90s, I spent a few years working in northern CA, and spent all my spare time down that eastern side. Camping in the desert by the hot springs, bouldering till my fingers bled, still chasing the alternative, rock rat California dream! I feel homesick when I think of Bishop even now.

I haven't read the thread, and I suppose many people will have typed the cliche about checking out while doing what you love. I look at it another way. John's talent burned so bright, he was always among the strongest fittest climbers. When we age, most of us compromise. I'm 47, I hope to climb 5.12 again. John couldn't consider setting his sights lower. He was an extreme soloist. He could do no other.

Peace and love to the rock climbing community! I'll be coming home some day.

Nige
Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Jul 5, 2010 - 01:04am PT
Might as well bump it now! Funk On Mother Funker!
t*r

Trad climber
panda. monium.
Jul 5, 2010 - 01:23am PT
john. thank you so much for your honesty, for living the dream, and telling it like it is.
Jeffonbike

Sport climber
Mindelheim, Bavaria
Jul 5, 2010 - 01:20pm PT
Dear John - now a year passed by and the cut still feels fresh in my brain. Many times your are in my mind and I remember the little but intense time we spent together. Take care at the place you went now - big hug - Jeff
squishy

Mountain climber
May 26, 2012 - 04:58pm PT
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
May 26, 2012 - 05:12pm PT
squishy... That's a great shot. Plenty of balls in that stance high above and no pads!
squishy

Mountain climber
May 26, 2012 - 05:16pm PT
Taken by Sam Roberts, posted on FB, eldo canyon 5.12a
pile

Trad climber
CA
May 26, 2012 - 05:24pm PT
bump for bachar, he lives on in our memory and when we speak of him
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
May 26, 2012 - 05:40pm PT
Sorry Squishy, but that is JB in the Owens River Gorge, on a route called Hard Copy, 5.12a
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