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John Bachar RIP

Postby db » Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:13 am

John went out the way he lived - an iconoclast, on the edge, without a rope. He changed the face of climbing in the states in the 70's and 80's. In a sense he was the first bouldering highballer. And he was one hell of a sax player.

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Re: John Bachar RIP

Postby db » Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:54 am

Good thread for John going on SuperTopo:
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/threa ... _id=896012

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Re: John Bachar RIP

Postby Shaft » Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:35 am

RIP.

++++ vibes for his son.

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Re: John Bachar RIP

Postby Ryan_Wedemeyer » Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:20 pm

I was lucky to have the opportunity to have been aquainted.

well, you know they got a hell of a band..........

I hope you get to hang out with Reardon, John.

RIP

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Re: John Bachar RIP

Postby samg » Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:43 pm

RIP

He has always been an inspiration.

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Re: John Bachar RIP

Postby bsmoot » Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:28 pm

I remember Bachar from my early Yosemite days. When we were there, he made the 2nd or 3rd ascent of the Nose in a day, leading all of the pitches. At around that time he was perhaps the best rock climber in the world. In the evenings, we'd hang out in El Cap meadows. He was there one night, so we chated...He was quite friendly, and at the same time, he maintained his cool guy image.

Quite often we'd see him in the camp 4 parking lot playing his sax, winding down with his good friends Kauk and others. Recently, I met him again at the Ogden Climbfest, where he gave a slide show. He was very down to earth...his stories were great. It was amazing he was still soloing at such a high standard...lots of 5.11's in day. He's in his 50's. I guess we thought...It's Bachar, he'll never fall.

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Re: John Bachar RIP

Postby joe » Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:22 am

gave JB a ride from the Front to a trade show party at Odd Fellows about 6 or 7 years ago. he was hanging outside after the comp smoking a ciggie. very cool down to earth guy, talked about "the olden days" in C4, mostly praising the talents of his friends. dropping f-bombs every other word. the whole time i'm thinking "holy crap, john bachar is sitting in the front seat of my pos truck".

truly a bummer. the bruce lee of climbers. sincere condolences to family and friends.

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Re: John Bachar RIP

Postby db » Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:32 am

There's a great photo retrospective at

So many of those images are burned into my memory as a young climber. They were posters in retail stores or in mags. I can't say he was a role model, but a strong influence for sure.


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