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Climber killed in Sawtooth Range fall

A climber was found dead in the Sawtooth Range near the edge of Yosemite National Park.

Michael J. Ybarra, 45, of Los Angeles, was reported overdue at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday. Ybarra was planning to traverse from Matterhorn Peak to Blacksmith Peak.

Mono County deputies, and members of the Mono County Sheriff's and Yosemite National Park search and rescue teams, responded to Matterhorn Peak, where they found Ybarra had signed the summit register. They went on to Cleaver Peak, where he hadn't signed the register. That allowed them to focus their search between the two peaks. On Wednesday, a Black Hawk helicopter crew spotted Ybarra on the steep western flank between the two peaks. His body was recovered later on that day by park and Tuolumne County searchers.

While a final cause of death is pending autopsy, it a appears to be the result of a solo climber fall.

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The Record Courier Updated Jul 5, 2012 07:09PM Published Jul 5, 2012 07:04PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.