Randy Udall missing in the Wind River range


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Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 2, 2013 - 08:30am PT
Randall Udall, brother of Brad and Senator Mark Udall, was expected to return June 28 from a solo backpacking trip.


Any climbers up there should be on the lookout.

Aspen daily news reports that there is a request for volunteers to help in the search.

Anyone in the western Wyoming area who wishes to join in the search can call Tip Top Search and Rescue at (307) 367-2849.


Trad climber
Jul 2, 2013 - 09:06am PT

Rick, I assume you have cross posted this on other forums. That said backpacker.com and backpackinglight.com would be worth a shot if you have not already done so.

Fingers crossed and hoping for the best.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Jul 2, 2013 - 11:34am PT
I used to go climbing with Denis Udall, who was a pretty good climber but not interested in politics like the rest of his family.

As lame as they seem, it's a good idea to have a transponder with you if you're going alone in the backcountry. Hunters have them but they're still rare with hikers.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jul 2, 2013 - 01:15pm PT
Hope he is ok, putting out good vibes for Randy. Last time in the Winds, 3 summers ago, we met up with Randy as we were exiting in a snow storm and he was on his way in.

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jul 2, 2013 - 05:18pm PT
Let's hope for a good conclusion for Randy.
Unfortunately he's in grizzly country, and mountain
lions inhabit the area.

And there's the case of the missing woman jogger, Amy Wroe Bechtel
near the Winds some years back. . .

Social climber
Jul 2, 2013 - 05:37pm PT
hey there say, ... will keep him in prayers...

and, my clues be seen, and eyes open to see and note, anything
that will help...


Gold Canyon, AZ
Jul 2, 2013 - 05:44pm PT
I just posted a link to this thread on both RC.com and MP.


Jul 2, 2013 - 05:49pm PT
Damn, his cousin almost pulled the same thing skiing into TPR during a storm when we weren't expecting him. Super lucky Max and Bill spotted him coming up the road and waited to see who he was.

I just left WY this morning. Been itching to get into the Winds, but it'll be a month before I can.

Putting out good vibes he's OK, just injured and waiting for help.

I like the Udall's.

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Jul 2, 2013 - 06:16pm PT
Keeping my fingers crossed for a good outcome.

Jul 2, 2013 - 06:33pm PT
Hate to hear of anything potentially bad happening to a Udall. Any Udall. I also climbed with Dennis. One time his dad picked Dennis up when we got back from the gunks. His dad seemed not pleased, or at the least very preoccupied, and appeared not sure he wanted Dennis wasting time with a dirtbag physicist. If I had been working for Kennedy I would have felt the same.

We all owe so much to the Udalls. It's beyond calculation.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 3, 2013 - 12:09am PT
I wholeheartedly agree John.

Of Mo and Patricia's six kids, Randy is the one that I spent the least time around but I sure hope that he is okay. The Winds are pretty friendly mountains and somebody must have seen him along the way so I pray that he is found soon. Independent to the core.

The world would be a very different place if Mo hadn't narrowly lost out to Jimmy Carter and the bandwagon effect. He was a true statesman and a rarity for it.

We joked at the time that should Mo have been elected, it would have been the most difficult assignment that the Secret Service ever had to deal with.
Camster (Rhymes with Hamster)

Social climber
Jul 3, 2013 - 12:40am PT
Am praying Randy's okay. He's been a huge influence on me. I had his former position with Amory Lovins at Rocky Mountain Institute for 11 years. When I got the story "Freakers Ball" (thanks for that suggestion David Stevenson) by Jeff Salz I was kinda surprised to see that Randy had been there [Fitzroy area] during that tragedy. I remember Randy later summed it up to me in a 2011 email something like this: "bummer." Hope like crazy you're okay, mate.

Jul 3, 2013 - 01:18am PT
From my experience a solo hiker 6 to 7 days overdue is always a terrible sign especially after search teams come up empty handed.

Best wishes for a good out come though .....


Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Jul 3, 2013 - 06:03am PT
somebody was lost for 37 days in jellystone park, crawled out on his own,

if you have water and a tent then you might be alright,


Social climber
Jul 3, 2013 - 12:58pm PT
hey there, say, all... oh my... i was hoping for good news, by now, :(

still hoping, though...
also, thank you werner, for the input...
even though it may not be as hopeful, it is what you
have learned, and we sure respect that you share these things with us...

well, prayers still...

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 3, 2013 - 08:01pm PT
Sad news....the Udall's are quite a family. With the time that has passed it's hard to imagine a good outcome. The Wind's are quite open terrain with quite a few hikers/climbers this time of year. It's highly unlikely that he is lost, he must be incapacitated in some way.
Big Breasted Woman

Trad climber
The Brown Crack
Jul 3, 2013 - 09:06pm PT

Terrible news! Randy's body was recovered sometime today. Thoughts and prayers to the Udalls.

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jul 3, 2013 - 09:12pm PT

RIP sir

What an amazing family.

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jul 3, 2013 - 09:25pm PT
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Randy...


Gold Canyon, AZ
Jul 3, 2013 - 09:30pm PT
That is sad news. My condolences to all his friends and family.

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