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John Bachar on "Midnight Lightning". 1982.<br>
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Sep 7, 2006
John Bachar on "Midnight Lightning". 1982.
Photo by Blitzo.  
Craig Childre
Lubbock, Texas
Craig Childre   Lubbock, Texas
"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. Jan 2, 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. Jan 25, 2008
"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. Jan 5, 2009

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