Well-known Mammoth Lakes climber John Bachar dies
July 8, 2009
Free solo climber John Bachar was killed Sunday when he fell from a rock near Mammoth Lakes.
According to the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Bachar, 51, fell from Dike Wall, a popular climbing area near Mammoth Lakes.
Rescue personnel responded to the fall and transported Bachar to Mammoth Hospital, where he died.
“Mr. Bachar is a well-known, world-class climber who resides in Mammoth Lakes,” Sgt. Jeff Beard said.
Beard said no one witnessed Bachar’s fall, but that several climbers nearby heard the fall and were able to reach the climber in less than a minute.
Mono County paramedics, Mammoth Lakes firefighters and members of the Mono County Search & Rescue Team responded to the accident.
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Bachar had to be transported by boat across Lake George to an ambulance.
This past Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in January, Bachar presented a slide show as part of the grand-opening party for High Altitude Fitness’ climbing gym in Incline Village.
“I know to the climbing community he was a legend. I think that was obvious,” said Jason Burd, owner of High Altitude Fitness … “People are pretty devastated. You never think something like that’s going to happen to a guy like John.”
The Web site SuperTopo.com provides a discussion forum dedicated to Bachar’s memory.