In Memory of John Bachar - 1957-2009
Photos by Phil Bard, Rob Robinson, Randy Vogel, Mike Graham, Bill Serniuk, John Gill, Bruce Willey and Werner Braun - On July 5, the climbing world lost one of its greatest icons: John Bachar. The free-spirited Californian was a symbol of American free climbing and free soloing, with a strong traditional climbing ethic. The blonde-haired, surfer-esque and charismatic Bachar will be remembered for many of his earlier achievements, including his daring 1980s free solos of Yosemite routes like Outer Limits (5.10c), New Dimensions (5.11a), Butterfingers (5.11a), Butterballs (5.11c), and later, the sport routes Enterprise (5.12b), in the Owens River Gorge, and The Gift (5.12c), at Red Rocks. Read more.