Freelance writer and Wall Street Journal contributor Michael Ybarra was tragically killed last Saturday during a climbing trip near Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada:

Mr. Ybarra set out by himself early Saturday morning to traverse the Sawtooth Ridge, a rugged area near Yosemite National Park, his sister and Alex Few, a friend and fellow mountain climber, had said earlier Wednesday.

Mr. Ybarra, 45 years old, was scheduled to return from his climb by Sunday evening at the latest. After he didn’t contact Ms. Few, as planned, nor respond to her efforts to call, email and text him, she said she contacted local search-and-rescue personnel on Monday.

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