Hayden Kennedy on the famed route at Tuolomne Meadows
21 August 2009
The Bachar- Yerian (5.11c R/X) on Medlicott Dome in California's Tuolumne Meadows is one of the finest routes in the world, on the most perfect sheet of golden granite, in a beautiful area.
The route takes a stunning and knee-trembling line up this vertical 500ft face, protected by 9 bolts all placed on the lead by John Bachar.
The route is as well one of the most famous psychological testpiece in the U.S. While rated X for the first half of the first pitch, the reputation comes more from lots of steep, sustained, hard climbing with R/X runouts.
Many climbers have whipped big off the psychological crux second pitch (often because they got lost in the knobs and ended up too far to the side from a bolt to clip), and the slab climbing on the third pitch is no giveaway.
Hayden Kennedy is one of Black Diamond's grassroots athletes and he's a straight crusher, having 5.14s and El Cap free ascents on his young resumé.
Hayden was in Yosemite in June 2009, where made the ascent of the famed Bachar/Yerian (5.11c R/X) in Tuolumne Meadows, California with Yosemite icon Ivo Ninov. As part of an upcoming film project, Kevin Jaramillo was there to capture Hayden leading the B/Y, marking the first time the route has ever been filmed in such high quality.
Hayden wrote: "Shortly after we climbed the Bachar/Yerian, John Bachar died in a free soloing accident near his home of Mammoth, California. Ivo and I had talked to him just before his death and we were both shocked to hear the bad news. John Bachar brought something special to the climbing community, from his contributions to free soloing, big wall climbing and the progression of harder climbing. John Bachar’s idea of ethics and style will forever be remembered and I hope that all climbers understand that climbing is simply starting on the ground and finishing at the top"