2012-06-28 / Front Page

Wall Street Journal reporter dies in Mono County fall

Extreme sports correspondent Michael J. Ybarra of the Wall Street Journal died in a fall near Yosemite National Park in a rock-climbing accident on Saturday.

Ybarra, 45, was attempting a solo traverse of Sawtooth Ridge, a remote location in Mono County, when the accident occurred.

Family members contacted local search-and-rescue teams when Ybarra failed to return on Monday. Teams from Mono County and Yosemite National Park conducted a search for the climber and writer, Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman told the Wall Street Journal.

"Michael Ybarra was an extraordinary journalist. In the best traditions of his profession he enlightened and engaged readers on a wide array of topics in clear, vivid prose. …We mourn his passing, and send our thoughts and prayers to his family," the Journal said in a statement late Wednesday.

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