One year ago: John Bachar
Bachar became known for a type of climbing that did not involve ropes or safety equipment.
He died a year ago after a fall near his home in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. He was 52.
"It took superior training and complete control over his mind-set to accomplish what he did, and in a way it is only a climber that can truly understand what he represented to the sport," friend and climbing photographer Phil Bard told The Times.
Bachar's obituary was published July 8, 2009.
Photo: John Bachar climbing in 1984. Credit: Los Angeles Times