Michael Ybarra Memorial

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Michael Ybarra

Michael J. Ybarra was an award-winning journalist, author, climber, and friend to many. He died in a 2012 climbing accident and will be remembered at this event by his climbing partners and family, including Kris Solem, Marissa Christman, Eric Gafner, and his sister Suzanne Ybarra. The Caltech Alpine Club is hosting this event for free; there will be snacks, refreshments, and remembrance of an incredible person and personality. Monday, October 14, 2013, at 7 pm.

In addition to winning critical acclaim and the D.B. Hardeman Prize for his book Washington Gone Crazy: Senator Pat McCarran and the Great American Communist Hunt, Ybarra wrote for the Wall Street Journal and was its extreme sports correspondent for many years, though Mike said that was "the silliest job title I can think of after life coach." After he began climbing on a trip to Peru in 2004, his skill grew remarkably quickly and Ybarra soon climbed in Patagonia on Cerro Standhardt, in Yosemite on El Capitan, in the Alps, the Himalaya, and of course in our very own Sierra Nevada.

Event Details

This is a free event and will take place Monday, October 14, 2013, at 7 pm in Beckman Institute Auditorium on Caltech's campus in Pasadena, CA. There will be some snacks, drinks, and some time to talk before the event begins at 7 pm.

You may RSVP on the Facebook event page if you would like.

Michael Ybarra at home in the alpine.


The location is Beckman Institute Auditorium on Caltech's campus in Pasadena (follow the link for a nice map). If you came to Banff Film Festival 2013, Beckman Institute Auditorium is just west of the large wedding cake auditorium. Here are some maps:

Parking after 5 pm is easy. We recommend that you park in "Lot 11" or on any of the streets around Caltech. San Pasqual and Wilson would be best for this presentation.

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Many of Michael's friends, colleagues, family members, and general community members came to remember him. Kris Solem, Larry Cote, Marissa Christman, John Long and Suzanne Ybarra gave wonderful slides and remembrances of their friend and brother. Several of Ybarra's climbing books which didn't end up in our Sherman Fairchild collection were given to audience members. After the ceremony, Suzanne presented Larry with a signed copy of Washington Gone Crazy.

The speakers (left to right): Kris Solem, Suzanne Ybarra, Marissa Christman, John Long, and Larry Cote.