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Sports writer dies while rock climbing in Yosemite

Postby fedak » Fri Jul 06, 2012 5:48 pm

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Officials at Yosemite National Park say a 45-year-old extreme-sports writer fell to his death rock climbing in Yosemite.
Authorities identified the victim on Thursday as Michael J. Ybarra, a freelance correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and a Los Angeles Times contributor.


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Re: Sports writer dies while rock climbing in Yosemite

Postby Carbo » Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:24 pm

That is really sad. Michael wrote some great TRs and used to post on here as michaelj

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/ ... 2811.story
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Re: Michael Ybarra missing in Sierra

Postby b. » Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:32 pm

Michael was the first person that I ever met and climbed with through SummitPost. He had a great outlook on life and had perfected the climbing lifestyle. It's very sad to hear of someone who has passed. But it is reassuring that it happened on his own terms during the pursuit of his nirvana.

I remember a post he made here, telling himself to 'sack up' and make difficult moves on a route on Wall Street. He did, and then broke his ankle. Conquering fear is a dangerous thing to do, but for most of us the rewards while living are worth the risk of death. Good luck on your next big adventure, Mike.
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Re: SP and the world Loses MichaelJ

Postby jesu, joy of man's desiring » Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:50 pm

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a great, no bs tribute there, Chief. one look at his profile and you know MichealJ was the real deal, not a journalist dabbling in the "art"...I'm glad he left us a legacy of good writing, too. that will be my "homework"


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Re: Sports writer dies while rock climbing in Yosemite

Postby Bob Burd » Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:57 pm

Very sad indeed. RIP, Michael.
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Re: SP and the world Loses MichaelJ

Postby Fletch » Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:27 am

Very sorry to hear this. I'm saddened when people who love what they do can't do it anymore. But I also have faith that he is likely doing something better... RIP Mike.
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Re: SP and the world Loses MichaelJ

Postby SeanReedy » Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:24 am

I enjoy Michael's writing. I'm sorry to hear the sad news. RIP.

Thanks for the thoughtful memories and tributes.
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Re: SP and the world Loses MichaelJ

Postby Rob » Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:34 am

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Re: SP and the world Loses MichaelJ

Postby Peak Freak » Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:29 am

wow.... deeply saddened and shocked by this news. :-(

At a loss for words.

Condolences to all who were close to him.

Mike, so glad to have met you. Sorry we never got to do a trip together. Your spirit will live on.
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Re: SP and the world Loses MichaelJ

Postby Lolli » Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:43 pm

This is really sad.
Age is a matter of mind and if you don´t mind it does not matter!
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Re: SP and the world Loses MichaelJ

Postby Marcsoltan » Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:48 am

It's never easy to lose a friend, especially if that friend is also a climbing partner. I lost my best friend and climbing partner of twenty years to cancer about ten years ago. I lost another great friend and climbing partner to breast cancer a month ago. I didn't know MichaelJ, but from what I see here, he was a great friend and a solid climbing partner to many. I am sure we all have felt that when it's time for us to go, we hope it would be in the mountains. Unfortunately, Michael's time came too quickly. Rest in peace Michael.

My heartfelt condolences to all his friends and family.
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Re: SP and the world Loses MichaelJ

Postby Kai » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:32 am

VERY SAD.

Michael stayed with me and we climbed together back when I lived in Boulder. Super nice guy. So full of energy. Will miss him.
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Re: SP and the world Loses MichaelJ

Postby Diego Sahagún » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:49 am

RIP Michael :cry:
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Re: SP and the world Loses MichaelJ

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Re: SP and the world Loses MichaelJ

Postby Vitaliy M. » Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:38 pm

This one hurts. Seems like god wants all the good people around him these days. First time I met him on Denali. Than I realized he was always out somewhere. He was very helpful with info about some climbs, and had a good sense of humor. He will be missed.

Hope his close ones are coping well. Terrible loss.
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