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Largo

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 28, 2009 - 01:26pm PT
A great man such as John Bachar deserved exactly the send off (memorial) he got yesterday, Monday, July 27, 2009, at Mammoth Lakes, California. Friends drove prodigious distances and flew in from various western states to be present. As many commented, such a collection of American climbers in unlikely to ever reconvene.

On this difficult day, I was witness to a few miracles. I had struggled with accepting that my childhood friend and climbing partner, John Bachar, was really and truly gone. When I first arrived at the memorial, I suddenly felt like I was drowning. If it wasnít for the immediate intervention of Jody Langford and Karl Baba, I would have been in for a very long afternoon. Thanks, boys.

Next, the climbing community can count itself blessed to have Rick Accomazzo. Ricky Emced the event (that ran for better than three hours) and was the emotional glue that held together a situation which in less sure hands could have gone south in a hurry. Rickyís personal memories, poignant commentary and steadying presence behind the microphone set a tone of openness, strength, and, in a word, love, that transformed a potentially dire situation into a rare kind of celebration. I always counted myself grateful to have Ricky as my hometown climber partner. Yesterday, I was proud of him as a human being.

I was especially impressed with the presence of Johnís immediate family Ė his father (I cannot imagine having to burry a child), brother, sister, son Tyrus, Tyrusí mother, and Johnís girlfriend. I now understand where John got his courage. I very much appreciate John seniors (John ll) words to me.

I speak for everyone when I say we were all honored to have Royal Robbins drive all the way there from Modesto and speak to us about John. Early on, Royal was like a God to us, the climber we all aspired to be. Having Royal on hand was like having a high priest there to sanctify an event few of us could really fathom. Rather than cower us with pronouncements, Royal kept things personal, human and real, and we were all much the better for it. Thank you, Royal.

Throughout the event I saw the outpouring of grief and good will cut through whatever differences might have arisen between people. At various times I found myself recounting the most fantastic memories with people with whom I, sadly, had grown estranged for reasons ranging from entanglements and petty misunderstandings to nothing at all. In the process I got reconnected with the people around whom I was formed. I touched into myself in a vital, half-forgotten way and recalled where I came from. These things will serve me for the rest of my life.

For all of those who were not there, I trust your presence was felt and your thoughts and feelings made real to John because that's the way we all roll.

I hope that those who took pictures will take the time to share them with all of us.

And to my friend, John Bachar Ė Iíll be seeing you later. Till then:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyFypz1lya8

Sincerely,
John Long

PS: All the thanks goes to Ron Gomez for making this event a reality. Thank you, Ron.
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Jul 28, 2009 - 01:33pm PT
Thanks for posting on the Memorial John.
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jul 28, 2009 - 01:42pm PT
Thanks, John.

Only the sudden hip surgery of my 93-year-old mother kept me from being with all of you yesterday. I grieve the lost opportunity to be with you and especially John's family.

Thanks for bringing us a glimpse of the day. I continue to struggle to express thoughts and feelings about John's loss.
seamus mcshane

climber
Jul 28, 2009 - 01:43pm PT
Largo- poignant and touching all at once, no surprise there, as your words rarely fall short..
Thanks for the scoop. It sounds as if the memorial was very special indeed. A lasting tribute to my hero.
Today, I turned 40. You made my day, again.

"All climbs were easy for Bachar, and he had to make his own difficulties. He completely dominated the cliff with his grace and confidence. He never got rattled, never lost control, and you knew if he ever got killed climbing, it wouldn't be his fault; it would be a gross transgression of all taste and would prove that climbing was absurd and all wrong. You'd sell all your gear and curse God for the rest of your life- on aesthetic, not moral grounds." From " The Only Blasphemy"

Climbing is still right.
I'm not gonna sell my gear just yet.
I'm not quite cursing God again, but close.

John, thank you for all your inspired tales of heroes past.
RIP Tobin, Yabo, and JB.

I'm sorry for your loss. It hurts me too.

sm
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Jul 28, 2009 - 01:56pm PT
Thanks, John.

Funerals and memorials are always so bittersweet, but it sounds like the sweet part helped to compensate a bit for the sadness.

My condolences to all of John's friends and family.
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Jul 28, 2009 - 01:57pm PT
John,
the life experience of seeing a friend off into never-never, or forever-forever, or whatever-whatever land sanctifies the origins of your true and well-understood smile.

for tears travelling across wind-worn cheeks amongst john's peaks exude hope in every direction.

which is where john bachar now resides.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:01pm PT
The Munge Abides - truly.
Bill Sherman

Mountain climber
Thousand Oaks, CA
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:02pm PT
In one of those magical Sierra sunsets, I left the memorial and began my drive back to LA. After passing through a brief rain shower, I was blessed with one of the most vibrant rainbows I've seen in a long time. Anastasia commented that it was John showing his approval of the day and his presence looking down on all of us.

Largo, you summed up the day perfectly. It's not something I will ever forget as well. It was a great medium for all of us climbers to come to grips with what has happened and how we have all been influenced by Bachar.
froodish

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:02pm PT
Thanks for sharing that John.

My condolences as well to family and friends.
Dave Tapes

Trad climber
Silverado CA
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:12pm PT
The greatness of those assembled to honor John Bachar, was, and could only be surpassed by the man himself.

Thanks Largo.

DW
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:12pm PT
Thank you for your post and account of John's Memeorial Largo.

Having just returned home to Seattle from a two week road trip it was impossible for me to be there...though I will likely always wish that I had been.

John was a bright and powerful Spirit, and a better friend one would be hard pressed to find.

A favorite quote from Coltrane,

"I want to be a force for good. I know there are bad forces here that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the force which is truly good.'

Thanks for having been that very thing JB.

Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:17pm PT
I didn't know if we we were even going to addres this here, but if Largo is in, so am I, photos downloading right now.

An incredible amount of heartfelt emotion.

Dave Yerian's plea for love and understanding will stay with me always. Not to minimize any of the other incredible, shares of others...
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:20pm PT
Gary sent me this quote in an article he had received...
it is from Mimi Farina around 1970:

"You can't decide how you are going to die,
you can only decide how you will live."

it seems to sum up so much, at least for me.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:25pm PT
nice post, john.

i've been to far too many of these in the last year or so. yesterday was rougher than i'd expected, probably because it brought back all the other memorials i've been going to. but it was wonderful to see folks i hadn't seen in years.

tyrus was remarkably composed and thoughtful. the straw porkpie was an especially nice touch.

thanks to ron and everyone else for doing so much heavy lifting at a difficult time.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:30pm PT
klk, when young Tyrus placed said porkpie on his granpa's fully sun exposed head was equally poignant as when he sponataneouslly grabbed a tissue to dab the tears in his mom's eyes.

Quite a kid, that Tyrus!
James

climber
My twin brother's laundry room
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:33pm PT
Thanks John. I wish I had been there.
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:34pm PT
The whole day was interesting and blessed. The drive up was the best drive I've ever had to the ditch *or* Tuolumne, in all the years I've been driving back and forth. It's as if someone were pushing traffic and obstacles out of my way the entire trip. I left in time to get there an hour early, I got there 2 hours early. Without speeding, I was in the ditch, from Visalia (45-hour south of Fresno) in 2:15. Mammoth in under just 4 hours. It was freaky.

Anytime I got behind someone who was driving too slow, they pulled out at the first opportunity. Every single one of them. When does *that* happen, even with just one or two cars?! Even when I came up on a semi pulling doubles between the gate and the Valley, as soon as I rounded the bend and saw him, he dove into a tiny pullout to let me by.

As far as the memorial... An amazing day, an amazing group of people gathered, for an amazing man. As Largo said above, "such a collection of American climbers is unlikely to ever reconvene.". While sad to be there for the reason we were, I was happy to have been able to share a portion of Bachar's life with him and to be a part of something so amazing. It was also great to see so many friends and to meet so many awesome folks. Lots of people I've looked up to over there years. Many of them, even moreso now.

I am truly inspired by John's family and so thankful they allowed all of us to share the day with them. It was the second best gift they'd given us. Truly wonderful, strong people. Tyrus... Wow! That's the first word that comes to mind. The secong word....? As he said about his father, what a BadAss. Tyrus is the definition of control and such a cool, honest kid who seems to have an amazing amount of depth for his age.

The drive home brought some of the most beautiful sights in that section of the East Side, I'd ever seen. I took many photos. I can't think of any better way to say it than Bill - "it was John showing his approval of the day and his presence looking down on all of us. " It really felt that way. Now that I think about it, the whole day felt that way.

I did shoot some photos at the memorial (not many tho). Most of us were a little uncertain about cameras, etc...

"The greatness of those assembled to honor John Bachar, was, and could only be surpassed by the man himself."

Perfect, Dave!
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:35pm PT
It has been said that you can tell alot about a man by the company he keeps;......in that case, John was a king, for yesterday gathered in his honor and remembrance, a most excellent group of friends and loved ones;.....no finer a group of friends could one ever ask for. John was well loved and with be truly missed.

Royal Robbins


Tyrus Bachar


John Bachar's Father (Also John Bachar Sr.)

graham

Social climber
Ventura, California
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:37pm PT
Johnís memorial yesterday in Mammoth was beautiful. The gathering of friends and family was exceptionally powerful. The Jazz rendition of Amazing Grace by a solo saxophonist brought hopefully the last tears to my eyes leaving me to smile going forward with all the great memories I have.
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:40pm PT
Oh man, that (Amazing Grace) was really the breaking point, Graham...
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:43pm PT
Ron Carson


Mike Lechlinski


Daryll Hensel

Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:44pm PT
I believe that one of the things that Tyrus said was,
"My dad was 6% bodyfat, 72% water and 27% badass!"

The math works for me.
L

climber
Somewhere with big rocks and tall trees...
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:48pm PT
Thanks for sharing John's memorial with us, JL et al. Many of us were there in spirit...but sometimes you just need the flesh-n-blood details.
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:50pm PT
I really wish I could have made it...God Bless you John and all of you!
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:57pm PT
Lynne Leichtfuss


Moria Cranor


Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jul 28, 2009 - 03:09pm PT
Jo Whitford


Jim Bridwell

SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jul 28, 2009 - 03:11pm PT
Thanks for sharing, John.

Goodbye, JB. You'll be missed, but never forgotten.

see you further along the trail.


What can you say about Rick A. He's the best too.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jul 28, 2009 - 03:26pm PT
Thank you for the moving report, and pictures. Even with all the sadness, it's good to see that an old friend was sent off in proper style.
Fletcher

Trad climber
a buttery white sand beach... I wish!
Jul 28, 2009 - 03:32pm PT
The eloquent words, Stevie Wonder, the photos... much beauty has been shared... Amen. I'm quite moved.

JB may have left the place in which his being was temporarily residing, but man, his spirit is still creating and inspiring. Look at the beauty he's brought out in so many recently.

Now onward, each at our own pace.

In peace and gratitude,
Eric
powderdan

Social climber
mammoth lakes
Jul 28, 2009 - 03:36pm PT
it was pretty funny walking up to the pokonobe lodge and seeing a half dozen stonemasters hanging out next to a volkswagon bus. i guess some things never change. amazing afternoon. rip jb!
burp

Trad climber
Salt Lake City
Jul 28, 2009 - 03:45pm PT
Thanks for sharing, Largo.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 28, 2009 - 04:03pm PT
Bridging the discontinuity


Pretty sure the Tibetan prayer flags were Jody's idea...
F10

Trad climber
e350
Jul 28, 2009 - 04:27pm PT
Thanks JL,

Sounded like it was a fitting memorial,
I was in the area but unable to attend so I did the next best thing to remember John,
put on my Acopa's did some climbing at Clark Canyon in the am.

RIP JB

jb
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jul 28, 2009 - 05:25pm PT
Hugely important event on probably hundreds of levels for us, and for climbing in general, one of the great gatherings ever in our art.

Here are some shots I took. Mostly I couldnít raise the camera.... I felt it was all so sensitive, private actually. When I got there early, Dave Yerian was standing by Royal who was acting as an affable yet daffy parking lot greeter. As I approached the two, it was as if an avalanche of grief catapulted me into Yerian. Royal had to look away, even though he couldnít remember me for awhile. Dave and I sobbed.

I also have to note that Tyrus, Johnís 13 year old son, was spellbinding. He actually retold the events of those last few days, especially that morning. He also ruminated on the issue of "the why" in a manner that also required him to pause for about two minutes, staring at us in a way that was not void but full of content and an awareness that frankly I thought, spanned our entire event and the death of his father. It was just amazing and I think many felt that John was continuing on in this brilliant son.

Dale Bard was also amazing. Of all people there, he knows what it means to lose a loved one, having lost Alan 12 years ago on THE SAME DAY AS John died.... Dale and Alan were almost like twins. He stressed the importance of joy in the event, to celebrate John and carry on but he did this in a way that was still meaty, strong and loving rather than fey or oblivious. I was really helped out by this, as I am sure many were.

I could go on, maybe later. Anyway here is what I have:

Ricky Acomazzo emcing the event superbly. What a man.

Steve West, reading a letter that Roger Breedlove wanted to have read to us since he coud not come

Ronnie Kauk arrived just before the talking began, hanging out in the back feeling it all I am sure:

Dale Bard in mid talk:

Tyrus Bachar during his unforgettable recollection and soliloquy:

Royal contemplating while getting sunburned to bits during the talk:

Vern Clevenger who many probably want to have an update on. He is okay:
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 28, 2009 - 05:58pm PT
Accomazo


Royal Robbins


John's dad John Jr


John's bro Dan,


Tyrus, the one, the only



Dave Yerian, giving the definitite, impassioned, 'come together' talk. That speech will be with me forever. Thank you, Dave.


(note shades loaned from Royal to protect emotional eyes.)

a third of the triad, Dale Bard


Lonnie's dad


Largo

The Artist formerly known as Gramicci



Croft


Sheryl Crow, er Lynn Hill;



"Hippy Gramma" Parker (her words) bringing it all around;




Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
Jul 28, 2009 - 06:07pm PT
Largo, you put it all so perfectly, others put up pics that all say a thousand words, and those pics of and quotes by Tyrus...wow

Thank you,

Doug
rmuir

Social climber
the Time Before the Rocks Cooled.
Jul 28, 2009 - 06:12pm PT
A singular moment that will live on in our collective and remarkably-intertwined lifetimes. This was a fitting tribute and memorial to the passing of a great man!

In keeping with our cherished tradition I, too, took very few pictures. The need to capture the time was far less important that the desire to live in the moment. JB's power has been even more evident over the last several weeks; a power to cause us to look forward into our reflection in the past. ...with a fondness and gratitude that I will never be able to fully express. A love, supreme.

RIP JB. Grow in love. Each one of you!

Jeff Lowe

John Long, Kevin Worrell, and Richard Harrison

Richard Harrison, Rick Accomazzo, and Mike Graham

Dale Bard and Peter Haan

Maria Cranor, Rick Accomazzo, and Gerry Accomazzo
rmuir

Social climber
the Time Before the Rocks Cooled.
Jul 28, 2009 - 06:30pm PT
Ed... You old hippie, you! Who else would channel Mimi FariŮa? To rephrase Richard FariŮa: "Been up so long, it looks like down to me."

Stuff that's hidden and murky and ambiguous is scary because you don't know what it does.óJerry Garcia
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Jul 28, 2009 - 06:42pm PT
I am really sorry that I was not able to attend Johnís memorial. Although John and I were not close, like all old soldiers, from the beginning of time, we have more in common than we could have ever imagined when we were young hotheads.

When I thought I might make it to the memorial, I started trying to work out my own thoughts of Johnís history, fame, contribution to climbing. The letter that was read was actually my prepared notes to say something at the memorial, if it was appropriate, or at least have comments to make to Johnís family in private. (I cannot image losing one of my kids; the grief must be unbearable.) Thanks to Steve West for reading it on my behalf.

Hello All,

I am sorry to say that I cannot attend the memorial service for John.

I have been thinking about Johnís contribution to climbing and the out-pouring of grief and condolences. I knew John only a little in the first few years he started climbing in the Valley. He, along with other young climbers, mostly those who became the Stonemasters, was tearing up the place and extending the nature of free climbing in ways that astounded the earlier generations.

They were also loud and obnoxious, as almost all teenagers are, but boy could they climb.

We could see that it was still climbing, but it was very far removed from previous experiences: they looked like regular people and seemed to have the same basic qualities, but they didnít seem to have any boundaries.

After a life time of watching that group of young climbers establish modern rock climbing, reflecting on Johnís unique contribution to climbing is interesting: he made a specialty of free soloing hard routes, which he had done previously (more like art--a musician, an ice skater, a danceróthan sport), and he pushed bolt protected ground-up free about as far as can be done. He mastered the space within these stylistic boundaries and fostered a positive public image both for the benefit of making a living and, later, for being an accessible, and loved, member of a larger climbing community.

I think that those of us who know the inner workings of climbing most appreciate Johnís life time of climbing. We know how difficult it is to climb so well on hard ground, to climb so smoothly. Many of us have mastered that for a few seasons. But it is really hard to sustain that over a life time, and pretty amazing to do it without protection, to force the mastery to uncompromising levels. Some of our tribe have followed this path for relatively short periods, sometimes recklessly, sometimes at extremely high levels of difficulty, but John maintained it for many years, a unique achievement.

It was his choice, his efforts, his creativity, his commitment. A stellar achievement.

He will be missed.

I am sorry that I cannot say this in person to Johnís family and friends at the memorial.

My condolences

Roger
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Jul 28, 2009 - 07:11pm PT
Felt blessed to be with a fine tribe of heros and misfits (the same guys) to send John off with respect and panache. I salute the community and especially those who showed their Heart.

Great to meet those whom I only knew by name or online and also great to reconnect with old friends.

Thanks to everyone who took part and made this happen. I know there are many who would have loved to attend. As it was, there was barely room for those who showed up so let me suggest that we climbers just choose a date or a place (Cathedral Beach? Tenaya Lake beach?) and have an "Open to all Bachar - Inspires us" event that we roll ourselves organically.

A while back I suggested those who buy my recent Bachar Images donate the profit portion of the deal to the Tyrus fund. At the time I hadn't met Tyrus but figured John loved him and I'm ready to support that.

After meeting him, I'm stoked to be a part of helping the Man jr. Out. Tyrus rocked the memorial by speaking the truth, and conveying what it was like to hang with John in a story-driven jazz ramble that made you feel like you were there with John eating carnitas and surfing radio channels on a road trip. The little brother is going to make us all proud with a bit of support from the community.

My Tyrus fund thread along with my thoughts on John are posted here.

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=906230

I was honored that Ron Gomez made use of some of my words regarding grief in his address.

Kudos to so many for taking a high view of John and their relationships with him without whitewashing John's sharp edges in the process.

Thanks to Cashner for hosting a fine "after-memorial" to Largo and Jody for deferring the costs of prints I gave out, and to all those who buried hatchets or prioritized Love and Brotherhood over any petty stuff.

The event and the atmosphere reflected John's personal power. It was hardly a surprise that, when it was all said and done, a rainbow testified that John was in good hands, just out of reach.

Peace

Karl



Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jul 28, 2009 - 07:12pm PT
Steve Snyder

Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jul 28, 2009 - 07:19pm PT
Ron Kauk


John Long

Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jul 28, 2009 - 07:53pm PT
Jeff Lowe


Mike Graham

Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jul 28, 2009 - 08:02pm PT
Peter Croft

can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 28, 2009 - 08:10pm PT
I thought one of the more poignant quotes was made by Royal Robbins when he said "John Bachar was my hero" Hearing Robbins say that was amazing to me. It was nice to see so many old friends again. It was a very special occasion in a wonderfully beautiful place
Gobee

Trad climber
Los Angeles
Jul 28, 2009 - 08:42pm PT
Thanks for your salt and light.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jul 28, 2009 - 09:20pm PT
Phil Bard


Dale Bard (not related)

ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Jul 28, 2009 - 09:21pm PT
Tyrus Bachar
Michell, Yvonne Bachar and Val
Tyrus, Val and Dario
Dario and Tyrus
Johns last gift to his son, Dario delivered these to Tyrus. John had these made on his last trip to the factory and Dario brought them out for Tyrus.
Yarian and Bachar still clowning
Phil Bard an Robin Thompson getting the memorial ready
The man, the myth, the legend
Jim Bridwell, Glen Denny, Ron Gomez
Bootsie Bachar
Val with vintage sign
Ron and Don Lauria
Royalty
Johns longtime friend, Steve West
Mike and Jennifer Bond
Karine and Peter Croft
John BacharII with Tyrus's bucket
Ronnie Kauk
Tyrus on the "sexaphone". He and John made this and it plays!
Mrs. Parker gave an Indian prayer and blessing to the memorial
The "Kid"
Mrs. Parker with her grandkids, Ursala, Lonnie and ??
Ron Kauk, Rick Accomzzo, Mike Grahm, Kevin Worrall, Dale Bard, John Long, Richard Harrison
Accomazzo and Kauk
Rick Accomazzo, Catherine Cullinane, Ron Kauk, Mike Graham
Jim Bridwell, Kevin Worrall, Rick Accomazzo, Ron Kauk, Mike Graham, Maria Cranor, Dale Bard, John Long, Robs Muir, Richard Harrison
Big Wall Masters John Long, Jim Bridwell and Dale Bard
Phil Bard and Steve West
Acopa's Dario Piana and Steve West
Kelly Gomez and Peter Croft
Lynne Leichtfuss and Peter Croft
Sorry for such a long post, but I hope you like the photos. Thanks to EVERYONE who helped make this such a fitting tribute to John and for his family!
Peace
bobinc

Trad climber
Portland, Or
Jul 28, 2009 - 09:27pm PT
Thank you for all of the heartfelt words and the pictures. I am so sorry that John has left this incarnation but it is clear he lives on in so many hearts (including mine).
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jul 28, 2009 - 09:29pm PT
Steve West


Dave Yerian


Flanders!

Trad climber
June Lake, CA
Jul 28, 2009 - 09:34pm PT
From a favorite book:

"Because you are important, everything you do is important. Every time you forgive, the universe changes; every time you reach out and touch a heart or a life, the world changes; with every kindness and service, seen or unseen, my purposes are accomplished and nothing will ever be the same again."

What a magical time in Mammoth yesterday!
I saw allot of kindness yesterday, allot of tender hearts. You see it too, in the pictures on this thread; deep and lasting friendships, love and concern for one another.

Thanks Yerian for your sharing your heart with us, and reminding us once again what it's all about .

Doug
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jul 28, 2009 - 09:49pm PT
Lynn Hill

Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jul 28, 2009 - 09:52pm PT
Kurt Smith

Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jul 28, 2009 - 09:54pm PT
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Jul 28, 2009 - 10:53pm PT
Thank you all so much for sharing this Memorial with the rest of us. Blessings and love to all of you.
Phyl
hossjulia

Trad climber
Eastside
Jul 28, 2009 - 11:44pm PT
It was an incredible day and I felt very privileged to be there.

The sax solo came up through my soul, through my feelings and out to the sky. Powerful. Cleansing.
All of the speakers that I saw had important messages for all.

The opportunity to talk with so many about such an impressive and important member of our tribe, cathartic.

Thanks especially to Doug, Dave Y, Anastasia, Autumn Talsky and of course John L. for this post.

I had one of the best days in a long time today just enjoying all Tuolumne has to offer and I have yesterday to thank for that.

Thank you all, condolences to his family and close friends, and thanks JB for showing us the way!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jul 29, 2009 - 01:18am PT
can't let this go off the first page.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 29, 2009 - 01:39am PT
hey there to largo and all... say, thank you so very kindly for sharing this memorial with us here...

may the good lord continually watch over john's son and family...

god bless...
Port

Trad climber
San Diego
Jul 29, 2009 - 02:00am PT
like largo said there will likely never been such a gathering of real climbing talent ever again.
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Jul 29, 2009 - 02:06am PT


Great pics all and what a fitting tribute! Really good job to you all.
Thanks...
Maysho

climber
Truckee, CA
Jul 29, 2009 - 02:53am PT
Thanks so much to all for sharing the pics, and for all those who put the event together. So sorry not to make it. Running our first summer adventure camp on Donner Summit for 40 kids and leading 15 kids in my own climbing camp yesterday, leaving town for me was not going to happen, but I am passing on the climbing spirit big time, and I did tell the climbing kids what I was missing yesterday both as a tribute to a hero and a reminder to new teen climbers of the seriousness of soloing.

Love to all who were there yesterday, so many friends I wished I could have seen.

Peter
E

Social climber
Tujunga CA.
Jul 29, 2009 - 10:41am PT
Nice John,
Wish I could of been there to say goodbye to our friend.

Erik
guyman

Trad climber
Moorpark, CA.
Jul 29, 2009 - 11:34am PT
Thanksí to the Bachar family for letting all of us share your celebration of Johnís amazing life.

Ron Gomez and others put in a ton of hard work to make this happen, thank you.

Ö..when the man played the saxophone, I felt the presence of John right there with all of us. I had tears in my eyes but slowly a smile started to crack and I felt better about things.

I went to Stoney Point yesterday; it was great to be alive and climbing with good friends.

GK
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 29, 2009 - 11:58am PT
Eddie, Jo,'n Ed


other poignant moments;

malabarista

Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Jul 29, 2009 - 12:04pm PT
thanks for this thread, wish I could have made it...
Phil Bard

Trad climber
Lake Oswego, OR
Jul 29, 2009 - 01:03pm PT
I just want to say thanks to all who helped make this an event worthy of John. Especially to Steve West, Ron Gomez, John Bachar jr., Paola, Val and Tyrus, Rick A. and to Robin Thompson.

Tyrus

The Pelican
Anastasia

climber
Not here
Jul 29, 2009 - 03:36pm PT
It was a beautiful event. Thank you Michelle, Lynn, Paola, Ron, Val, The Bachar and Karafa family. I kept seeing rainbows throughout the drive. It finally hit me that it was John telling us that he was home. I also saw the most beautiful and yet familiar sunset. I don't know if this is all in my head but I swear... I remember seeing that same sunset over the desert after the car accident. It makes me think that Steve and few others were there enjoying the show sharing a laugh with Bachar.
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Jul 29, 2009 - 05:05pm PT
I'm so bummed that I missed this event. My car is out of commission and gordon didn't have room for a ride.
Great photos everyone! Lots of friends!
We should have another memorial in Joshua Tree this Fall.
A man this great deserves many memorials!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 29, 2009 - 05:07pm PT
I watched that white Pelicn, but didn't get a shot, I saw others taking pictures, glad to see one.

I thought of that as a positive omen of some sort.
Eric McAuliffe

Trad climber
Alpine County, CA
Jul 29, 2009 - 05:13pm PT
i did not know john personally but dearly wish i could have attended the memorial. John has inspired me to just go all out and try your hardest and not let anything hold you back. Another memorial service in Josh sounds fantastic!

on a positive note i feel so great about climbing and the people who do it, seeing how everyone has come together in this hard time to celebrate one hell of a mans GREAT life and give his son an immeasurable amount of support. Peace and love to all


E
fluffy

Trad climber
boulder
Jul 29, 2009 - 05:28pm PT
i am really feeling the love in this thread. thank you all for sharing your feelings and emotions.

the photos are incredible too.

thank you from the bottom of my heart. maximum respect.
LongAgo

Trad climber
Jul 29, 2009 - 07:55pm PT
Sorry I could not be there, but so good to see the passion power of climbers put to honoring a great, to coming together, celebrating the good in the game, and loving.

Now (and at regular intervals into the future), let's put our money where are tears and loss are - to supporting Tyrus in his time of need.

Karl thread is good place to get a commitment going, "'till it hurts" in the lingo of fund raisers:

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=906230

LongAgo
Tom Higgins
Phil Bard

Trad climber
Lake Oswego, OR
Jul 29, 2009 - 07:56pm PT
The Usual Suspects
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 29, 2009 - 08:06pm PT
Maysho, you were missed, but I knew in my heart there was a good reason you wern't there.
Gobee

Trad climber
Los Angeles
Jul 29, 2009 - 08:13pm PT
What a honor and privilege to see.
I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer,
But Royal is the imbodiment of the Golden Age and seeing all you rad studs (best of the best),
made me think, we would not even have climbing or any routes to climb, if it were not for you, I'm cut to the quick.
Hey Mike "Bondo" Bond, I haven't seen you in like 30yrs, you have not changed at all! I'm like a worked Hacky Sack, Ha! Ha!
Remember Surfer Craig, the Lifeguard at Curry pool, Dan "Woody" Woodward, and Cutty!
Man we were way off the deck- with are feet on the ground, back then.
Climbings the best, movement is freedom,
dang, I feel one coming on?
Hand over heart, what a send off,
Matt
Bondo, the missing link!
Damian C

Trad climber
Berkeley
Jul 29, 2009 - 09:03pm PT
So sad to have missed it, but it looks like just the celebration John deserved...

Thank you all for sharing.
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Jul 29, 2009 - 10:33pm PT
I was very disapointed to miss the memorial for John, my family and I were attending a wedding in Canada for one of my closest friends. Seeing the joy of two people starting a new life together helped to heal the pain of losing John. A shout out to Dave Yerian- haven't seen you in a while- Peace bro- Paul Linaweaver
10b4me

Gym climber
Happy Boulders
Jul 29, 2009 - 10:44pm PT
This was a gathering of giants. A fitting tribute to John.
Namaste
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
Jul 30, 2009 - 12:11am PT
Thanks so much for letting us participate in John's memorial remotely. He is sooo special. And the gathering of demigods of climbing is a proper honor and tribute. I'm sure John is smiling seeing all his friends together.

Thanks again.


Glenn
aka "Klimmer"


PS I would hope that the demigods went and did some climbing together afterwards somewhere . . .
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 30, 2009 - 12:16am PT
hey there blitzo... oh my... i sure understand... :(

also, dear peter... say, you are so fine, say, as it is said "someone must hold the fort down"---say, you DID EXCELLENT with those kids... you were kind of like "in the line of duty" and you missed this most special event (which would have blessed you greatly)----but---you will be blessed in the long-run for being there "at such as time as that" for those kids...

job well done...
may you be part of any of the the other get-together memorials that may be planned...
Gobee

Trad climber
Los Angeles
Jul 30, 2009 - 02:01am PT
Lynn(looking good) with, not so "Cheep Sunglasses", O'Yah
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jul 30, 2009 - 02:06am PT
shooting images at such occasions always seem a bit of an intrusion to the other people there, though for the most part no one seemed to care too much.

Also, it is a distraction from what is going on, when you're thinking making images you aren't thinking about the matter at hand, in this case, John's life. At some point, the images start to make sense and the process becomes less distracting.

Here are some that I took on my old camera, B&W film (Fuji Neopan 1600) mostly with my 50 mm f1.4 lens on the Nikon FM2N body, old school... the lens was mostly closed down to its minimum aperture, f22. There was a lot of light, probably too much...

on the deck with famous photogs...

Tyrus and his posse

Ellie Hawkins and Peter Croft

Stonemasters remembering.

Jaybro, Jeff Lowe, Karl Baba. Jeff look through Karl's photos of John for a momento.

Lidija Painkiher

Jim Bridwell, Maria Cranor, Mike Graham


Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 30, 2009 - 02:32am PT
once agian, you're the man, Ed. Did you develop that film yourself?
quasitrad

Trad climber
Corvallis, OR
Jul 30, 2009 - 05:39am PT
Thank you all for sharing stories and pictures of the memorial service.
Michael Kennedy

Social climber
Carbondale, Colorado
Jul 30, 2009 - 06:34am PT
Quite the gathering ... thanks to everyone involved for putting together a wonderful send-off for John, and for sharing pictures and thoughts from that day.

I went up to the Dike Wall early Tuesday morning. Sobering. Beautiful Sierra granite above Lake George. It was good to just sit there for a while in the sun and breeze, thinking about my own close calls and friends who've passed and the connections we have, the tribal legends and rituals we share.

It's an honor to be a part of this community.




eeyonkee

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Jul 30, 2009 - 08:53am PT
Looks like the event of a lifetime. Thanks to all who posted pictures and responses.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jul 30, 2009 - 10:18am PT
From Largo's opening post on...what a fantastic verbal and visual tribute. Thanks, everyone. Wish I could've been there for this.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 30, 2009 - 10:42am PT
Tyrus being Tyrus, standing on top of a door jousting with kayak paddles

Uplander

Social climber
Upland
Jul 30, 2009 - 11:42am PT
Godspeed John
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Jul 30, 2009 - 11:42am PT
It was a moving & fitting tribute to one of climbing's more colorful characters. John's influence will be felt long after his demise.

Lots of great folks there. I was glad to be able to attend, despite the fact it took place on a Monday.
L-R: Kevin Powell, Michelle Locateli, Richard Harrison, Pat Nay, John Long, Mike Lechlinski, Dave Bruckman, Darryl Hensel, Spencer Lennard, Edit: Jim "Rubidoux" Wilson & in front: Steve West, Bill Leventhal

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Tyrus Bachar plays his John-built Sax.
Rick Accommazzo hosting the event. He did a superb job!


Kurt Smith paying tribute as Royal Robbins, Val & Rick Accommazo look on.
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Jul 30, 2009 - 11:43am PT
Ed, I'll pull this if you want to update up thread:

Straight back (behind Lidjia) is Bill McChesney (chez on here) talking to Kevin Calder.

MisterE

Trad climber
One Step Beyond!
Jul 30, 2009 - 12:20pm PT
Pelican: Self-sacrifice, abundance.

Pelican demonstrates the power of reflection and insight, buoyancy in life and how to ride the air currents of life. To rest and relax in spite of life's heavy weight.
F10

Trad climber
e350
Jul 30, 2009 - 01:28pm PT
Levy group photo

" ? " to Spencer's left is Rubidoux Jim Wilson
ionlyski

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
Jul 30, 2009 - 02:05pm PT
Hey Chris Mac,
How bout just making this "the" permanent, default thread, sitting at the top of page one, never to to be removed or deleated but forever cherished and not forgotten?

Thanks everyone for sharing. All of us are affected, even us "nobody specials". I have to go cry some more.

Arne
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 30, 2009 - 02:13pm PT
Mr E, you made me cry again.
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Jul 30, 2009 - 02:14pm PT
F10- Thanks! I had forgotten that was Jim Wilson.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Jul 30, 2009 - 03:05pm PT
Still coming down, even two days later, from such a profoundly moving experience and tribute to a fallen hero. Because I was down by the lakeshore, I didn't get to photograph the principals as they testified; however, I did snap a few up on the deck earlier.

Dave & Suzanne Yerian


View across the deck toward Crystal Crag and the Dike Wall:


The deck again:

tolman_paul

Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
Jul 30, 2009 - 03:10pm PT
Thanks to everyone that was there for sharing this momuntus event for those of us who couldn't make it. It sets in stone that John truly was a great man. It's amazing how someone who to some extent stood alone, has brought so many together.
the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
Jul 30, 2009 - 03:10pm PT
largo,
As usual you always put into words so easy for all to cherish...
It was such an emotional and powerful day. Tyrus carried on with the control that runs in the bachar bloodline. It was an honor to be there for one who has done so much for my life and my dreams.

Rick- you never cease to amaze me and your calming demeanor kept me in awe all day long. Thanks for letting me attempt to speak the words that i feel for John.

to the Stone Masters- Along with JB, you too have moved, touch and affected so many lives over the years and what i tried to say but could not through too many tears is thank you for showing me how to climb, how to live and how to dream. All that i am and all that i have climbed is a direct result of "letting the KID tag along" all those years!!!!

I will miss John very much and will do my best to keep the flame alive!!!
Kurt smith


out of retirement

Social climber
CO
Jul 30, 2009 - 05:27pm PT
Hey all, thanks for all the pictures.

It was good to see pictures of all the friends I have in California.

Looks like you gave John a good send off.

All the best,

Dan Michael sometimes from Colorado and other times Cali.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jul 30, 2009 - 07:46pm PT

Don't think this super pic of John and son, Tyrus has made it on the thread yet. Still missing Gentleman John so very! Someday I hope to have the nads to share a funny story about just why I call him G.J. It's hilarious and John truly is and remains....a Gentleman. lynne
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jul 30, 2009 - 08:24pm PT

Sunday night John's Dad and Family hosted a nice wine/appetizer evening while we set up tables, chairs, prayer flags and all the rest of the stuff. It was very healing to get to share love and stories while putting everything together under Paola's excellent direction. Love you P. :D



One of JB's favorite places....


Along with Paola, his kindred spirit and love of his life. Heart and tears and hugs still with you beautiful lady.



Kelly and Ron Gomez made it happen with grace and ease. Thanks guys for all the planning, co-ordination and effort.



Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Jul 30, 2009 - 08:53pm PT
The memorial brought out some thoughts and lessons for me that I think are best addressed on another thread, but I wanted to link it here

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=917040

Comments about this probably belong over there as well

PEace

Karl
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jul 30, 2009 - 08:57pm PT


Monday was crazy. The memorial celebration was over the top great. John was and is spoken about with love and accolades to his incredible life. Tyrus, we still all be 'memberin' yo bro...your Pop was our friend along with being a hero and you are our charge and responsibility....Dude !!!!


Following photos are all those that were gathered lakeside. The mic's and sound equipment were great. On the left with fork in mouth ..... Johnny Woodward. Across right from Johnny in the white shirt with black prints is Karl Baba. Thanks Karl !!!!! Yo the Dude for bringing and passing out all your great photos of JB.

Again, anyone that can help with I.D.'s please post. Thanks.










Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Jul 30, 2009 - 09:23pm PT
It was a humbling experience to be in such distinguished company honoring John Bachar. Reflecting on times of yesteryear looking into the eyes of individuals I hadnít seen in 40 years or more was simply amazing. In comparison of the many gathered to pay tribute I have nothing of any extraordinary accomplishment in the mountains other than consistency of witness season after season; a witness to lives woven together in a fabric of experience that has been played out in some of the most beautiful places on the planet.

The question of what has been accomplished in all the toil will be continually debated for generations to come. I would say at this point in my life as a climber/skier the loving friendships and the camaraderie we feel as a tribe is what I cherish most. The outpouring of positive energy released by the passing of John Bachar is evidence enough that our partners in pursuit is what has made it all so worthwhile.

I hope for Johnsí family and his many great friends peace in knowing his energy and spirit has lifted us all to a greater level of appreciation. Our dear friend Paola, you have such grace. We love you and are here moving forward in support to live well, love much and let go.

Charlie D.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jul 30, 2009 - 09:57pm PT

Poignant moments....Paola looked so beautiful. Her dress made her eyes look so beautifully green. She said it was John's favorite. Peace tonight Paola and may your thoughts be mixed with a closeness together still, tho you are on two different planes.



Dudes heart to the fallen. Expression says it all. And we do all grieve. Yes we do, big time.


Lynn Hill .... what an awesome human being. Lynn stepped up and said to Acopa at the Memorial that she would help them be a name. Sweet Gal. You will be supported! Lynn also told all those at the Memorial that on the first free ascent of the Nose it was JB that gave her the battle cry, "It goes Boys". Sweet !!! Dan Boy spoke nada but Good about Lynn Hill.



Thanks Lynn, and Peace to you and your son.




Rob Raker....my hub's climbing partner and my daughter Leah Leichtfuss/Edge. JB, even in passin' through does his magic and brings people together. Leah was age 11 when Rob climbed with the family last. :DD

So John Amigo, Dude, Friend....sheee I miss yo Bro. Aunt Lucy said it best in that yo Dude are jess passin' through to the best, the heavenlies. (I be up there soon enough so don't knock DL out til I can witness that scene !!! hehehe. Lovin' Ya and Peace....lynnie
Jello

Social climber
No Ut
Jul 30, 2009 - 10:37pm PT
Thanks JL, for your post. I was only ever peripherally connected to the CA/Stonemaster scene, but this event proved to me forever that our tribe is large, and transcends geography, time and social constructs. A fitting tribute to John Bachar, who elevated all of us by his example. In whatever realm he chooses, Tyrus seems ready to carry the torch.

-Jeff
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jul 30, 2009 - 10:39pm PT

Cheers Dude...Can't say any more. Play on ....We'll be there soon enough to enjoy. Love Ya Mr. John Bachar. Lynne
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Jul 30, 2009 - 10:53pm PT
I spy Marci Reardon, wife of Michael Reardon in the red hair, across from Marci is her daughter Nikki, Ed Hartouni by the bar with the fantastic sax player Jason in the black shirt, and in the blue shirt, the marvelous Don Lauria, that might be Dennis Oakshot in the hat and ponytail. Ken Yeager in the orange shirt with his back to us, Karl Baba in the white and black shirt next to Ken Yeager, Jonny Woodward is in the black shirt at the table with Ken Yeager all in the first photo. Steve West's beautiful girlfriend in the last photo is in the black top. Lynnes photos.
Fig's Lady

Social climber
Bishop, CA
Jul 31, 2009 - 01:18am PT
Hello All

I want to thank all the people I met at John Bachar's Memorial.
I loved the great vibes, the sense of community, and how welcome I felt. I have heard the term "tribe" to describe this wonderful group of people. It is.

Here are some pictures. Forgive my lack of name recall and please fill in the blanks.

Paula
A beautiful place



Golden-mantled ground squirrel paying its respects

Tyrus and his great shoes

Dennis

Tom Kleinfelter, Rosalie Hernandez, Wills

Nan and Tony Puppo, Vern Clevenger

?? and Vern Clevenger

Ron H.

Al, Steve, Jim Bridwell,Ellie, and Stephanie

Jim Stimpson and Fig Fiola

Fig Fiola and Banny Root

Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jul 31, 2009 - 02:39am PT
Sweet, Figs Lady.... :DDD
dogtown

climber
Cheyenne,Wyoming
Jul 31, 2009 - 03:15am PT
Mike Wrote: (Johnís memorial yesterday in Mammoth was beautiful) Iím sure it was, God bless him and his Family and all that attended. Sorry I could not. I have thought about John over the years many times, How he made me laugh, and how I stood in disbelief of his skillís, Hell, his stuff still blows my mind. The impression you made on me Mr. I will never forget.

Thanksí and Peace. Bruce.

Fig's Lady

Social climber
Bishop, CA
Jul 31, 2009 - 05:52am PT
Ooops. I meant Ed not Ron in the earlier post picture
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Jul 31, 2009 - 04:24pm PT
Go here to see Bardini Foundation newsletter dedicated to Bachar's memory with Baba's great shot of John in Joshua Tree:

http://www.bardini.org/Newsletters/Backside27.pdf
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Jul 31, 2009 - 04:44pm PT
Just curious, but what's the story behind the sax player statuette above? A memorial?

edit: if so, it is very cool.
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
nowhere, I'm headed for certain doom
Jul 31, 2009 - 04:56pm PT
If it is, it's very fitting.
John loved those sounds.
I, too, missed the gathering, but I was thinking of John, sitting on my ledge in the Sawtooths.
burnsie

Social climber
nevada city CA
Jul 31, 2009 - 11:23pm PT
What a great loss to the climbing community and for John's son Tyrus and John's family. I couldn't imagine having to live and have any of my children pass on before me. My brother just went through that.
Just looking at the photo's of the memorial you could feel the emotions and the awe of such a loss.
Its good to see the ol climbing "tribe" in one place, its to bad it was for such a sad reason. Even the "kid" showed up and your no longer a kid Kurt.
What a tremendous show of the community coming together for Bachar and his family.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 1, 2009 - 01:03am PT
A few more pics and fun for jb.


So its Dave the man and in the background in the white T....Warbler.
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Aug 1, 2009 - 01:07am PT
Yup, Good job Lynne

Ken
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 1, 2009 - 01:19am PT
So then we have our Jtree friend, Al Dude, and a Mammoth local whose name I knew and forget. Sorry !! Check out the "goggles". Mammoth Dude made them by himself. They are cool, soft and sweet leather with tooling. Nice !!! Peace Dude from lynne



Borrowed the handmade goggles so my fans could take pics. Shee, bitd I would never post a photo like this. A Fool mixed with hilarity. But ya know John Bachar showed me don't take yo self seriously. One time lots of John's friends mailed pics of his legs and climbing out at Josh. They made fun of his skinny legs and were laughing. I mailed jb and said, "what up" these old fat dudes criticizing yo legs. He said, "they just be having fun...it's ok." He meant it. JB Loved yo all. Knew who he was and lived it to his best.

JB not only freed the rock....freed alot more for himself and us. So we can spend our days going for it .... in his name and his zen. lrl
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 1, 2009 - 03:10am PT
It's you!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Aug 1, 2009 - 03:24am PT
hey there say, lynne gal... wow... you are twice the sunshine that the good lord made you to be, with them ol' goggles on...

:)

keep shining... :)
running on MT

Mountain climber
Winthrop, WA
Aug 1, 2009 - 12:15pm PT
Dear All,

Thanks for the memorial pics. I'm still crying for the man I met in '71 at SP. He left the ropes behind and our sport was never the same.

Just a couple words from JB and for him, before I go:

"Climbing is a journey of devotion. The environment, by its severity, dictates movements of the spirit." - John Bachar

"You don't try, you just do" - John Bachar

"Empty mind of all thoughts. Let your heart be at peace. Watch the turmoil of beings, but contemplate their return. Each being returns to the common source. Returning to the source is serenity. Not realizing the source, one stumbles in confusion and sorrow. When one realizes... tolerance, detachment, dignity and kindheartedness arise. Practicing the way, you are ready for whatever life brings." - Lao Tzu

"And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart; For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed. When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain. And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance."

-Kahlil Gibran

The Eagle

BY ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring'd with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.

I spy a tiny hold
rest awaits
nothing but air below
my heart beats

I make the move
a smile takes over
I am consumed
joy again in this familiar moment

many don't understand why
I don't care
It's not to live or die
It's to live and dare

-Lee Jenkins

"Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that
the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforseen incedents and meetings and material assistance. which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

-W. H. Murray
From Everest, the West Ridge, by Thomas Hornbein

"Death will be an awfully big adventure." - J.M. Barrie

"We are all gonna die.....and when I go I hope it is on a rock" - John Bachar

Love and Light to Tyrus, the Bachar Family, and the Stone Master Johnny Rock wherever you are.

mt
aldude

climber
Monument Manor
Aug 1, 2009 - 03:09pm PT
Nice pics Lynnie....those beer goggles are WORKIN!! That dude in the pic is Shawn P. - artist,percussionist and major BURNER (Burning Man). Check out Shultzie - hasn't aged a bit*
flakyfoont

Trad climber
carsoncity nv
Aug 1, 2009 - 04:09pm PT
still at a loss for words, emotions can paralyse. My condolances to the Bachar Family. Such a great gathering to remember J.B. had to work, new job , couldent attend . thanks to all for posting ,Kathi and I pay our deepest respects to those that have lost a loved one,a good friend and a mentor. Sincerely, Bill and Kathi Trethewey
fielgeit

climber
Aug 1, 2009 - 07:36pm PT
RE: John Bachar, his memorial, and our future . . . Though I didn't know JB, we are the same vintage. I was in the little leagues on rock, always looking up to guys like the Stonemasters, and JB. I had my moments dancing with the gods, but I was just a mortal moving over stone, most of the time. I noticed as I read through the transcript of the memorial, someone played Amazing Grace on a sax. In my closing, did you know this hymn was penned by a pirate (arn't many climbers "pirates" in one form or another?), who "through many dangers, toils, and snares . . ." almost bit it many a time. Once he was drunk and disorderly aboard ship, and the captn' had him keel hauled (to be drung under the ship's keel for punishment while the vessel in under way). A rope broke, John Newton (author / pirate of AG) was floundering. The captn' had mercy on John, threw a harpoon through his leg, and hawled his ass aboard ship. Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wreck like me . . . We have had our asses saved many a time on the rocks. Sooner or later grace will lead us home. DS
midi510

Mountain climber
Mammoth Lakes
Aug 1, 2009 - 07:47pm PT
Lynne, a couple of IDs

To the left of Johnny in the shades is Steve Claussen of Wave Rave snowboard shop. Thanks for the feedback on the sound system. In the photo by the water, back row from right: three of my kids; Lydia, Sierra, & Ethan then Dave and Autumn Talski owners of Mammoth Mountaineering Supply. Autumn taught my kids and Tyrus at Mammoth Elementary School. Tyrus and Lydia were always competing in math. They were way ahead of the rest of the class. Lydia is also the girl down by the lake behind the saxist statue. She was born three months after Tyrus and they were very close. They used to talk about getting married. Val told me that Lydia was Tyrus' first kiss. I haven't asked Lydia about it yet.

Kirk
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 1, 2009 - 08:10pm PT
Thanks all...including aldude, D. Sweetland and midi510. Just when I think we be healing the "passing onto the next life" of Dan....then friend John, it hits the heart all over again.

Yikes !

Have a few more pics ..... will post soon....anyone else?
Conrad

climber
Aug 2, 2009 - 10:55am PT
Thanks all for contributing to this thread. It is warming to see the compassion we have for our fellow humans. Memorials remind us that we are, after all, closer than we think we are are.

John's presence was greater than merely physical, his actions defined a generation. By soloing and taking a stance on protection he was instrumental in keeping climbing close to the roots forged by the pioneers of the sandstone towers of the Elbe River. He made us understand that we could climb at a high level and do so in manner which respects the medium. This is what I'll always keep close and hope to share with the younger generation.

On the day of the memorial I was in the heart of the Teton Range. The afternoon storm came in early and with a fair amount of power. Rain preceded hail, lightening seconds before thunder with a sky that highlighted the sublime. The peaks reveal themselves in a different light after a storm. As the evening cooled the clouds gave way to a clear night. The following morning the upper mountain was coated in a translucent layer of verglas. It was a reminder that we are guests in the mountains and that they are much stronger than we will ever be. I guess it is from this strength of the mountains that we draw our own climbing energy. Special, this game we play.

Tyrus - you're a fine young man. I look forward to meeting you.

Thanks again.
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Aug 2, 2009 - 12:07pm PT
Good words Conrad, we too had a special day of weather...double rainbows arcing into the sierra's, cleansing rain shower at the end of the day, white pelican flying overhead. These mountains are a special place and we do get a better appreciation of their beauty from the prospective we see them. It was all sunshine during the talks, a day we could not have planed with the best of intentions.
Peace
Phil Bard

Trad climber
Lake Oswego, OR
Aug 2, 2009 - 02:44pm PT
Amazing Grace under amazing skies...

PB
Dimes

Social climber
Living in the past.
Aug 2, 2009 - 05:28pm PT
Paola contemplating the process

Dimes

Social climber
Living in the past.
Aug 2, 2009 - 05:33pm PT
John's Dad

Dimes

Social climber
Living in the past.
Aug 2, 2009 - 05:35pm PT
John's brother Dan.

Dimes

Social climber
Living in the past.
Aug 2, 2009 - 05:36pm PT
John's lovely sister Michell.

Dimes

Social climber
Living in the past.
Aug 2, 2009 - 05:39pm PT
Mr. Ron Gomez

Dimes

Social climber
Living in the past.
Aug 2, 2009 - 05:47pm PT
John soling on Bearded Cabbage in Josh. Note the vintage Green PA's.

Dimes

Social climber
Living in the past.
Aug 2, 2009 - 05:51pm PT
John soloing Bearded Cabbage

Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Aug 2, 2009 - 06:13pm PT
Just a bump to say thanx for all the wonderful shots folks!
splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Aug 2, 2009 - 08:28pm PT
Sounds and looks like a wonderful memorial.

I thought of JB many times in the last 10 days during a eastside climbing vacation that ended today at the Puppy Dome boulders.

What an inspiration!

Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 2, 2009 - 08:28pm PT

Driving alone for hours with so many thoughts .... so many mixed emotions....probably like everyone else headed to Mammoth to grieve and celebrate an incredible human, a friend and a man we will all miss more than can be expressed in words.


Hitting the East ..... where the hills and mountains appear from nowhere out of the barren flat lands. Actually at this point I cried and really disliked the rocks for claiming a friend that was woven into their lives as well as so many of our lives. John's impact on this planet, the rocks and we the people was huge and special.



Thinking as I drove...Beautiful as you are mountain, rock, sun, clouds and sky I dislike you intensely and won't be walking your hood ever again. Keep your rocks I can find life and pleasure elsewhere where the creation doesn't kill a friend and mentor.


Then Family and Friends surprised me by turning up and said, "Lets go climbing". Well, I wanted to tell them I hated the rock, but couldn't. Their enthusiasm was just to joyous and contagious. So off we went to Clarks Canyon out of Bishop....Men, women, children and dogs. :D



Off we go....cool place....me still fuming at the rock.

[img]http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn18/lrl-
glue/bacharmemorial019-1-1.jpg[/img]

Trekking off to area #13




Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 2, 2009 - 11:34pm PT
So in honor of You John Bachar Dude, Amigo....the kiddos started pullin' down. Aspen Edge, grandie of Lynne and Dan Leichtfuss wearing JB's Acopas and doing it with ease. :D




Aspen, Genevieve, Torrey ( Torrey doing the boy thing placing firecrackers behind the girlies while best behaved dog on planet looks on.)
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 3, 2009 - 12:12am PT
Josh Edge, grandson, walkin up the rock. Grandpop Dan Boy would be quietly proud Dude. Peace and Love from Lynnie. Joshie....nice !


Tribute to John who made so much of this happen. Dude, Missing yo.


Torrey actually thinks he can fly and makes us help him....


Meade cruising in sandals...do it gal. :D

Genevive....doing it for John .... the next generation will make it happen JB. In Your Honor......







Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 3, 2009 - 01:31am PT
Yeah, then lynnie....so swearing now.... JB yo offered so many times to take me on the rock .... show me how to set anchors and show me the technique. I thought life was forever.....

In your honor Dude and thanks for all the help, times and what you were and are to all of us....lrl.




Fletcher

Trad climber
a buttery white sand beach... I wish!
Aug 3, 2009 - 02:10am PT
Hey dear Lynnie,

Thank you for all the great photos and heartfelt thoughts. Seeing those kids out at Clark's Canyon made me think about the beauty of the cycle of things. It keeps rollin' on, one way or another, doesn't it?

Peace,
Eric
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 3, 2009 - 02:22am PT
Yeah, it does Eric....John will be honored by all of us that loved him. Peace and Love to the Master and his family and friends still missing the Dude...Big Time. lrl
captain chaos

climber
Aug 3, 2009 - 12:42pm PT
Largo and all my friends from the days of old... sorry for such a late response here, but I've been on the road for the past week and just returned. I know what your going through and feel for you, its not easy loosing someone this close, not now, not ever. I myself have been wandering around empty and hallow ever since I got news of this, and not being able to make it for the memorial made me feel even more at a loss. Regardless, it was great to see the pictures of all you guys at the memorial, it really made me feel homesick and realize how much I missed all you guys. I really wish I could have made it over for the memorial but I was locked into something I couldn't get out of, so the best I could do was be there in heart and spirit... You take care and hope to see you all of you again soon- Craig
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 4, 2009 - 02:41am PT
Not letting Johnny Rock going anytime soon. I have a few more pics but thought yo dudes would have more to post....kp any ?
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 4, 2009 - 10:07pm PT

So we promised you Dude that we would help in any way we can to continue to work and promote the Acopa Cause. Log on to the Taco here and let us know what's happening. Please keep us posted as to how and if the Lynn Hill working with Acopa will turn out.

Peace Dario, Great to meet you !!!! Lynne....what ever we can do...we will.


Easy to take for granted....but the entire day was significantly special. From all the people that altered their life course to be there, to the weather, the clouds, rainbows and wildlife flying in to say Yo John ......[img]

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After the scheduled speakers others were able to share their hearts. Wish I could have. But not meant to be. John, and I hope, his family and loved ones know my heart. Peace






Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 4, 2009 - 10:38pm PT

Julia Parkers prayer was powerful. Just before her prayer, bet she's thinking. Anyone remember her exact words....Lonnie, Ron. ???


I do remember her saluting the north, south, east and west and saying that John was passing through....Love that phrase....passing through ....to the Heavenlies.

She also said JB would come over for good food, the taco's the enchiladas ....Gal jess wish I could know you and your obvious love and kindness you give to the ones around you. Peace and Love, Lynne
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 4, 2009 - 10:49pm PT
Thanks, Lynne - nice to have these little vignettes and pensees.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 4, 2009 - 10:57pm PT
Yeah, MH, life is nothing without the bits of love and caring and meaning we pass on to one another. Life consists of people and planet. Really, nothing more. Peace, Lynne
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Aug 4, 2009 - 11:04pm PT
Lynne, that's not lucy Parker, Unless she has really aged since I last saw her. That's her mother and daughter, Ursula in the first photo. Lucy is a pretty good friend of mine. I haven't seen her in about eight years.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 4, 2009 - 11:17pm PT
Thanks Blitzo, I took notes and it's how she was announced. Maybe someone can help us get the history right here....Anyone out there that can help us ....Danke

Please, it would be special to get the history right. Peace, lynne.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Aug 4, 2009 - 11:17pm PT
Thanks Lynnie. As always, you bring to us the clear facts that life is fundamentally emotional and actually tenuous. What a lover you are. Here is a redo on your Dario image.

Maysho

climber
Truckee, CA
Aug 4, 2009 - 11:25pm PT
Thanks Lynne for all the shares, that is Mrs. Julia Parker, wife of Ralph, mother of Lucy, and Virginia (RIP) grandmother of Ursula, Lonnie, and Yodi, great grandmother of Ursulas' kids whose names escape me.

Peter
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 4, 2009 - 11:28pm PT
Thank yo Peter mi Amigo !!!

I love but my tech skills are sketchy. Smiles, Lynne

and Maysho...also Peace and Thanks. This community is so good for watching the back, love and peace....jess incredible. So John Boy, we all be working together to send the love to you and your loved ones across this vast universe that yo knew Dude. Smiles and Peace Bro.....:DD

Edit: pretty tired. Hope to put more on manana. Love, Lynne.

Double Edit: Friend of Mr. Bachar....I am missing yo. Peace Dude, but get back safe or I myself will kill YO. :D

Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 5, 2009 - 06:40pm PT


Dave Yerian, center in green shirt and jacket. Gave a very cool talk from the heart...no notes, just thinking about the past and people and wanting healing. Special talk, special guy.

Edit: If you wonder why I have quite a few pics it's cause I asked Paola, the Bachar Family and Ron Gomez on Sunday if it would be ok to do. They said this was an incredibly special occasion and wanted it memorialized and to go for it. Just wish I was a real photographer. I did some small photo journalism for a newspaper in our community but very small spuds. Anyway....it's kind of healing too posting these and remembering.



Dave with a cool talk.

I remember the slandermasters at their finest bitd. Ouch. Let the healing begin. :D
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Aug 5, 2009 - 06:52pm PT
Lynne, I believe that Lucy's mom 's name is Julia. I came across a poster in the Joshua Tree Library, which was a painting of Julia, Lucy, Ursula and Ursula's daughter (who's name I can't remember).
I wish I could have gotten on of those posters.
I used to love it when Lucy and Virginia would make me Indian Fry Bread. It's so good!

I so wish that I could have made it to the memorial!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 5, 2009 - 06:56pm PT
Blitzo ..... so what name, if I can still change it, should I put under her picture ? I would have driven you out there if I had known. Sorry, Dude. Lynne
immanti

climber
Aug 5, 2009 - 07:07pm PT
Hey Lynne, thanks!

Also, thank you to everyone who has voiced their support, we really appreciate it.

The memorial was very moving and a fitting tribute to JB.

John was the real Astroman and he will continue to guide us.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 5, 2009 - 07:12pm PT

Thanks Immanti. John B was a good friend. A gifted human.

Nefarious in blue shirt with camera. Behind N. is Katy in the black blouse, behind Katy Mike Graham with Wendy on his right in the green hat. Spencer Lennard in the orange plaid shirt.
Anastasia

climber
Not here
Aug 5, 2009 - 07:18pm PT
It is Julia Parker... She weaves traditional native baskets, plus she host the Yosemite Museum Native exhibit that shows off her family's art.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 5, 2009 - 07:22pm PT

What a tribute to John. So many left their work and lives behind and came to both celebrate his life and grieve the loss of this Friend and Climbing Icon.

Edit: left in black shirt and shades, Scott Cosgrove and beautiful Friend. Front center in red shirt Dale Bard, red shirt leaning against tree, Phil Bard. If anyone knows rest of people's names please shout out.

Double Edit: Looking at the movie man wonder if we can get a copy of this memorial ?
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 5, 2009 - 07:27pm PT
Thanks Ana .... Peace my good friend !
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno
Aug 5, 2009 - 07:33pm PT
Uh oh! I've been caught.

That's Guyzo sitting next to me.
Anastasia

climber
Not here
Aug 5, 2009 - 07:34pm PT
The man in the brown shirt is Guyzo, a Stoney Point local that use to climb with John Bachar when he was still at UCLA. Actually he was also the first guy to get him stoned... John was shocked that I knew him... Guyzo also use to pick up Lynn Hill to go climbing when she first started. He is full of history, including history that is still in the making...
AF

Thanks Lynne, Healing and tons of good thoughts to "everyone."
I am sure John is missed by all who knew him.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 5, 2009 - 07:42pm PT

Steve Schneider on left with black hat and shirt, Todd Gordon in Blue plaid shirt seated, behind gal in yellow is Peter Haan, to Peter's right is Kevin Powell lookin' in, and lovely Ellie Hawkins standing, in black. To Ellie's right top of pic is the elusive Mari Gingery. So super great to see and talk with you Mari gal.

After remembering the past stories and life we decided that the Leichtfuss Family was the first climbing family. Thanks in part to people like Maria Cranor, Randy Vogel, Todd Gordon, Darryl Nakahira, and so many that helped Dan and I manage 4 kiddos while climbing. Peace, Lynne
nita

climber
chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Aug 5, 2009 - 07:47pm PT
Prayer flag pic, L..Top row standing, second person in blue with shades- is Greg Sonagre. Jobee is also in the pic.

Mr Long, thank you for starting this touching thread.
Miss Lynne, thank you for the pics.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 5, 2009 - 07:50pm PT
Super Thanks all mi amigas and amigos for the id's. Really important for history.




Sax man takes center stage....rest of life is blurred.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 5, 2009 - 08:01pm PT


Hope I get this right. Bill Sherman in white shirt and shades. Then, of course, our Tyrus Dude....who is the kiddo in red hat ?
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 5, 2009 - 08:38pm PT


Dale Bard talking about John. Yeah, he pulled harder than most anyone. He was...the Dude.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 5, 2009 - 08:49pm PT

Jaybro in back sitting on the deck with black hat ...like yo beard Dude ! Nefarious in Blue shirt to left Goyzo and behind him Ron Kauck....Spencer in green hat.

All these pics are so great because they show and emit the love, pain, emotion, struggle, and crisis of life trying to put into perspective the death of a best friend, an icon and someone that this could never happen to. The crisis of life in each human at Lake Mary July 27, 2009

Sheeee.











Gobee

Trad climber
Los Angeles
Aug 5, 2009 - 09:05pm PT
That's Guy Keesee in brown tee-shirt gray hair and glasses, behind Nefarious in blue shirt with camera @ 4:12 & 5:49
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 5, 2009 - 09:13pm PT

So many gathered to not only celebrate John's life but to try and deal with the emotions of his passing through. God it is hard. How could one craZy, silly, intelligent, Dreamer of the Impossible, great athlete, lover of his family and a stalwart friend leave us....me still be asking god ....what up, Dude ?



I'm almost certain Peter told a really funny John story. He said John would kill him if he heard him tell it. It was Hilarious, but I was so overwhelmed with the day I can't remember even the main theme .... anyone ....could you jess remind me what it was about ????








Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 7, 2009 - 01:27am PT
Grand Life....
russ clune

climber
new paltz, ny
Aug 7, 2009 - 04:15pm PT
Largo and all,

Thanks so very much for the wonderful words and photos. So sorry I could not be there for John's send off and to see so many good friends; the atmosphere of the gathering is palpable from the posts. Condolences to John's family and my best to the rest of you.

Russ
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 7, 2009 - 08:23pm PT

Oops ! Found one more good picture. Mari with friends. Yeah, You guys are way more better at processing loss and grief than yo here. I am having a bit of a prob working thru this. Somehow the pictures and your comments seem to help. Just being honest. Peace, lrl
midi510

Mountain climber
Mammoth Lakes
Aug 8, 2009 - 02:36am PT
Kid in red hat is Oden Weir, skateboarding friend of Tyrus'. His dad is John, mom is Dawn.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 8, 2009 - 02:47am PT
Thanks midi510. I know I'm not the only one feeling John gone....I must just be one of the few not doing well at coping with his exit from this planet. Hope the rest of yo John's friends are handling. Peace, Lynne
Ŗ ő ō T « H

Boulder climber
the ground up
Aug 8, 2009 - 03:23am PT
Whoa , The Russ Clune ? Thanks for posting man .
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Aug 8, 2009 - 07:24am PT
The guy sitting to Mari's right is Mike Guardino aka The Gargoyle. A very nice guy and in his day, did some very hard climbing. I think he forgot the sunblock that day
jstan

climber
Aug 12, 2009 - 08:03pm PT
Two Facelifts ago had Route 120 presented less of a challenge I might have had
a chance to talk to John.

But from my own experience and from what has been shared here we know
there was a day when young John was sitting on a rock banging his heels to
reduce the pain in his toes, entirely absorbed by the beauty of the blue sky and
by how life giving was each breath of cool fresh air. Facing the unknown
challenges above by his own choice, as he was, he would have known the
most incredible fact of all. That he and he alone would decide what was to be
done with his life.

He decided to become superb.

As indeed he was.

There is more.

His passing tells us something just as important as the realization he had those
many years ago. The shock felt everywhere tells us his most important work,
yet, lay in front of him.

And so it does for each of us.
Kenny Gordon

Trad climber
Northern California
Aug 12, 2009 - 10:51pm PT
Thank you John!

I just heard about JB. Hard to fathom, nothing can be said.

Its all flowing back now.

John is jammin with Miles.






"What the hell were you thinkin' "
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Oct 28, 2009 - 01:29am PT
Man just sitting around remembering this day, tonight. Talked with John's Dad today, talked with Bullwinkle today, talked with Jane at Patagonia today talked with my son Nikki today! Man I had a good day. All my talks had to do with John in one way or another. Hey Bro, hope yer doing good, thanks for the "visit" today. Memories are the spirits visiting!
Peace
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Oct 28, 2009 - 01:43am PT
Think about jb nearly everyday as do others. Others whose lives will be indelibley and forever changed from his death.....changed in ways incomprehensible, changed both for great good and great sorrow, accompanied with loss and a quest for a new understanding of life and love and friendship. Peace,
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Jul 5, 2010 - 03:23pm PT
Thanks to everyone who contributed and shared this very personal event with the climbing community. John was always in our collective periphery, even if we were watching from the outside... we still watch and share with the celebration of his life.


The snow is melting up high, bump.
bjj

climber
beyond the sun
Aug 27, 2010 - 07:04pm PT
ttt

When I started climbing in 1994, in the tahoe / sierra region, JB had already firmly passed into legendary status. As I learned, it was while walking the shadow of the master, his signature on routes and boulders everywhere I went.

RIP JB
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Apr 9, 2011 - 12:53pm PT
Had a dream of this day last night! John visiting I suppose! Miss ya Brother.
Peace
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Oct 12, 2011 - 02:20am PT
bump for the maestro
Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
Jul 4, 2013 - 09:51am PT
Four years already. Remembering John,and thoughts to Tyrus and Paola.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Jul 4, 2013 - 10:44am PT

Wow four years, gone.

John, we miss you.

wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Jul 4, 2013 - 01:35pm PT
Thinking of JB on this Independence Day...
pa

climber
Jul 4, 2013 - 01:36pm PT
pa

climber
Jul 4, 2013 - 01:41pm PT
pa

climber
Jul 4, 2013 - 01:48pm PT

Thank you Rick...and much love from Tyrus too!
pa

climber
Jul 4, 2013 - 01:58pm PT

Trying to see...the next country gathering itself under his feet...
dfrost7

climber
Jul 6, 2013 - 01:55pm PT
Can hardly believe four years have passed. My friend and I are cleaning her house to some oldies, including a lot of old soul/R&B. I worked with John for a few years. A song came on that recalled a really fun memory. It's important to keep some of the fun times remembered, in memory of a person.

So, a bunch of us were at Outdoor Retailer (Boreal). It could have been the second night of the show. There was a bar/club that had a dance floor. We were all leaving to the next stop, when a James Brown tune came on: I Feel Good. John, who wasn't usually losing his cool in a situation like this, grabbed my arm with such force I nearly lost my footing.

He put on some James Brown dance moves with such expertise, you could only assume, they were practiced in his kitchen, when no one was watching. Being a huge fan myself, I could only marvel at his accuracy.

In a moment, he was clearly alone in his bliss. In his tan boots, his white-boy-long-blond-hair waved like Cornwallis' white flag - Ladies and gentlemen, the amazing John Bachar.

ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Jul 6, 2013 - 03:44pm PT
Thanks for posting those photos Paola. Is Dario here? Good talking with you the other day
Peace
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 2, 2016 - 01:20pm PT
some of my images are up on the webpage:

http://www.edhartouni.net/portrait-photos.html
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