This is a short film about my friends Andrew Rock and Jan McCollum attempting to onsight the "Bachar-Yerian" in Tuolumne Meadows, CA. The "B&Y" is one of the best rock climbs in the world but its reputation for being super runout keeps most mortals away.
This infamous 4 pitch route was put up by John Bachar and Dave Yerian in the 80's. It boasts huge runouts between bolts and at the grade of 5.11c R/X represents more of a mental challenge than anything else. Make no mistake, however, as some of the strongest guys in the world, Wolfgang Gullich and Jerry Moffat come to mind, have taken giant whippers as they failed to onsight.
Andrew and Jan are not professional climbers, but they embody the spirit of the sport. I hope you enjoy this tale of their climb.
Directed by Cole Gibson
Shot by Matthew Talesfore & Cole Gibson
Photography by Richard Grigsby
Young John Bachar photos by Dean Fidelman stonenudes.com
Older John Bachar photo by Nathan Smith
Music by Green Machine