Extreme-Sports Writer Dies in Climbing Fall

Michael Ybarra was alone in the Sierra

Adam Roy

Wall Street Journal extreme-sports correspondent and freelance writer Michael Ybarra died in a climbing accident this weekend in California’s Eastern Sierra. Ybarra, 45, struck out alone on Saturday morning to climb the Sawtooth Ridge Traverse in Mono County, outside of Yosemite National Park. When he didn’t return by Sunday evening as planned, Ybarra’s friend and fellow climber Alex Few called local search and rescue. After three days of searching on foot and by helicopter, teams found his body on Wednesday. “Michael Ybarra was an extraordinary journalist,” the Wall Street Journal said in a statement. “In the best traditions of his profession he enlightened and engaged readers on a wide array of topics in clear, vivid prose.”

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