John Bachar Memorial Fund, For Tyrus.


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Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 6, 2009 - 12:28pm PT
With all the climbing tribe emergencies we've had these last few months, a few of us threw around the idea of a slush fund that people could contribute to when they had the resources, rather than only when the emergency hits.

Only now we have had another major blow without time for that to develop.

*It seems that we have a young man of our clan who is going to need some support, love and otherwise.

*Is an immediate fund startup for Tyrus necessary?

*We can show our love of John's position amongst us even if we can't send Tyrus to college.

*Are John's folks alive and would the money be appropriate going through them?

*I would nominate someone like Jello to collect and administer the fund, but only if he was willing.

*There may be more appropriate money minded people among us, (You know who you are.)to help work this thing over.

*I'm a bit of a numbskull about money, but I would help in a way that I could.

*I'm a bit broke, but I can come up with a check for this for sure. I've got $50 or $100 to open the door.

I hope I'm not sticking my foot in my mouth somehow. I apologize if I am. If I'm out of line, I will gladly nuke this thread.

With that, let the discussion begin.
Peace to you all,

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:44pm PT
Seems like a good idea to me. I'm in.

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:49pm PT
Bruce those are great ideas. You continue to show the quality of your character. You are a good man. Times have been tight of late but I will donate everything I can.

Let's make this happen!
Grant Meisenholder

Trad climber
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:57pm PT
I was thinking the same thing. Seems like the best way the community at large can support without being intrusive. There should be an account which we can transfer funds to by wire would be my suggestion. Or maybe PayPal?...
Double D

Jul 6, 2009 - 01:09pm PT
I'm in. Perhaps someone with some legal abilities could properly set up a fund.


Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 6, 2009 - 01:15pm PT
I think you're right Dave, but at least this is something we can DO, rather than just wringing our hands.

It is heartwarming to see the great people and "famous" of the climbing world and Supertopo stepping into all those wonderful threads already. Like you....

Boulder climber
Neil Young land
Jul 6, 2009 - 01:15pm PT
I'm in

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 6, 2009 - 01:17pm PT
I was so hoping that the "not so evil one" would chime in here.

He's knowledgable about such things and not as evil as he wants us to believe!

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jul 6, 2009 - 01:49pm PT
Let me know how I can help.


Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jul 6, 2009 - 01:59pm PT
You hippies never cease to amaze me. Thank you for
thinking this. Though not in a position to help as
much as I'd like, let me know how to and I will.
Thanks again.

Trad climber
fresno, ca
Jul 6, 2009 - 01:59pm PT
The money would be great, but we might also be able to help out with some other intangibles, like guys showing up for Tyrus for lunch, hang out time etc. It would mean a ton if a couple guys (strangers at first even) took this on and kept going after the kid, just showing up and being present. He's gonna need it for years to come. I wish I lived closer. I just don't want a kid like this to deal with it alone after the first few weeks of "help" wear off. These things have a tendency to become distant after a couple months. Some sort of organized effort by those who live close would be super cool. One man can make a difference for the long haul. Tyrus is at a fork in the road and I think a good man or two can help him not walk alone.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jul 6, 2009 - 02:05pm PT
Good Ideas, I'll do whatever I can to help. Just email me. lrl

Trad climber
mammoth lakes, ca
Jul 6, 2009 - 02:11pm PT
I saw John around the area, but only met him once about a year ago. I was recovering from back surgery and feeling sorry for myself out at the crag. John gave me an amazing pep talk citing his own recent recovery and really got me motivated again. I live in Mammoth and dont know tyrus, but would love to help. I work as a ski patroller at mammoth mountain so maybe I could help with some of the winter activites.

Social climber
El Portal
Jul 6, 2009 - 02:13pm PT
Got to love you brother.
Your heart; huge.
Count me in.

Big love coming your way.


A deep dive in the shallows of life..
Jul 6, 2009 - 02:16pm PT
I would love to help, Bruce.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jul 6, 2009 - 02:22pm PT
Passing the hat is great, and I don't put it down, but what is really needed is a well structured fund that can solicit tax deductible contributions from deep pockets.

I spoke with Jello last night after getting the news and know that he feels for Tyrus, but Jeff has his hands full as is so, while I'm sure he appreciates the nod, perhaps we need to look elsewhere.
Hey Fatty, whats up??????
Phil Bard

Trad climber
Lake Oswego, OR
Jul 6, 2009 - 02:29pm PT
I have as yet many details to work out, and am still dealing my own sense of loss, but I have decided that one way I can help Tyrus is to again offer up some images I took of John soloing as limited edition prints. We succeeded in raising over $5500 for John back during the aftermath of his accident with this idea, and it seemed like a win/win for all involved, you get a print for your contribution and all the money goes to the cause. It would be a different set of images, some published before and some perhaps not, offered again as 11x14's in editions of 25 going for $75 plus shipping.

I'll post up when I have further information and a webpage. This is something I can handle through my business, so it wouldn't be necessary for whoever was managing a fund for Tyrus be responsible for.

Phil Bard
Cirrus Digital Imaging


Trad climber
Sacramento, CA
Jul 6, 2009 - 02:33pm PT
Im in. Please PM me with details and image choices.
Jay Renneberg

Social climber
No Ut
Jul 6, 2009 - 02:36pm PT
Bruce, of course we need to do this, and I'm incredibly honored that you would nominate me to manage the effort. Unfortunately, of necessity I'm in the process of relinquishing almost all responsibilities - this just isn't something I can take on and do properly. But I will help as much as I'm able.

Fatrad's and Ken's relief fund for climbers is a good model to follow in the long run and is worthy of our support, too. But in honor of John and because Tyrus is young, I think it's good to move now to get donations flowing for his own fund, and then work on a longer-range strategy to grow the fund even while Tyrus gets help in the moment. It's a real challenge.

Ken, Fatrad, could you guys set up a separate fund for Tyrus, similar to the general fund you're working on now?

We need a place/person to send donations to right away.


Gym climber
Wild Omar, CA
Jul 6, 2009 - 02:47pm PT
Count me in.
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