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John Bachar on "Midnight Lightning". 1982. <br />Photo by Blitzo.

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By bbrock
From: Al
May 8, 2007

Wow, how casual does he look? Almost as if he's levitating.

By Craig Childre
From: Lubbock, Texas
Jan 2, 2008

"In 1980, Jon Frank was the first Oklahoma climber to go to Yosemite Valley. . . The locals were amused to see Oklahoma plates pull into their parking lot, and when Jon opened his mouth the amusement turned to laughter.

"Gol-ly!" said Jon. "Look at those boulders!"

He eventually got to within one or two moves of the top of Midnight Lightning, the most notorious--and visible--boulder problem in Yosemite and one that still has only half a dozen ascents. The snickers subsided." - Oklahoma Rock by Doug Robinson

Just some history behind that problem.... Love the O.K. old guys who climbed only for the love of climbing... and most are still doing it today.

By Matt TeNgaio
Jan 25, 2008

Yeah, but wasn't it Bachar that would "hide" in the bushes while random climbers flailed on that problem and suddenly, out of nowhere he would emerge, send it (for the umpteenth time) and then just walk off like it was nothing? I remember reading that in a book about Wolfgang Gullich or Lynn Hill.

By Tommy Klinefelter
Jan 5, 2009

"Yeah, but wasn't it Bachar that would "hide" in the bushes..."

Perhaps he did, but sandbagging was a harmless tradition at one time. The kids just don't get it.

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John Bachar on "Midnight Lightning". 1982.
Photo by Blitzo.

Submitted By: Blitzo on Sep 7, 2006
On this route:
Midnight Lightning (V8 7B )