Freelance writer and Wall Street Journal extreme-sports correspondent Michael Ybarra, 45, was killed in a fall during a weekend mountain-climbing trip in the Sierra Nevada. Authorities were alerted on Monday when Ybarra failed to return from his trip on Sunday. His body was found on Wednesday.
The Journal put out this statement Wednesday night:
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. His passion for the outdoors was evident not only in his writing for the Leisure & Arts and Books sections — reviews and essays written with such verve you felt you were right beside him on a mountain face or in a kayak — but in the way he lived. We mourn his passing, and send our thoughts and prayers to his family.