Climber John Bachar killed in fall near Mammoth Lakes |

Climber John Bachar killed in fall near Mammoth Lakes

Sun File photoJohn Bachar, a world-class climber based out of Mammoth Lakes, died Sunday when he fell from from Dike Wall near Mammoth.

Free solo climber John Bachar was killed Sunday when he fell from a rock near Mammoth Lakes.According to the Mono County Sheriffandamp;#8217;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.andamp;#8220;Mr. Bachar is a well-known, world-class climber who resides in Mammoth Lakes,andamp;#8221; Sgt. Jeff Beard said.Beard said no one witnessed Bacharandamp;#8217;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 andamp; Rescue Team responded to the accident.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 slideshow as part of the grand-opening party for High Altitude Fitnessandamp;#8217; climbing gym in Incline Village.andamp;#8220;I know to the climbing community he was a legend. I think that was obvious,andamp;#8221; said Jason Burd, owner of High Altitude Fitness andamp;#8230; andamp;#8220;People are pretty devastated. You never think something like thatandamp;#8217;s going to happen to a guy like John.andamp;#8221;The website provides a discussion forum dedicated to Bacharandamp;#8217;s memory. andamp;#8212; Sylas Wright contributed to this story

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