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PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 9, 2014 - 10:05pm PT
http://abc30.com/news/fresno-county-search-and-rescue-crews-searching-for-clovis-man-near-florence-lake/173209/

I heard he was doing the Goddard Loop from Florence Lake.

Hope you're safe brotha. :(
Chim-Chim

climber
Jul 9, 2014 - 10:17pm PT
Hope he turns up soon. DanK
johnboy

Trad climber
Can't get here from there
Jul 9, 2014 - 10:22pm PT
Hoping for a safe return.
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Jul 9, 2014 - 10:26pm PT
... hike to Mt Goddard ...
Was he gonna climb Goddard?
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2014 - 12:03am PT
No idea.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
Jul 10, 2014 - 02:56am PT
Hope he is ok Paul.
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Jul 10, 2014 - 08:18am PT

bump for a positive update
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Jul 10, 2014 - 08:23am PT
Crossed fingers he will show up, waiving at the helo- limping along with just a sprained ankle.
BFK

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jul 10, 2014 - 09:29am PT
Sorry to hear this Paul, hope he's just enjoying his time in the mountains a bit longer.

Saw your entry in the summit register on peak 13,360' over the weekend. Hope you enjoyed the evo traverse. Looks like we missed each other by a few days; too bad as I would have enjoyed meeting a fellow ST poster out on those peaks.

B
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2014 - 09:56am PT
Saw your entry in the summit register on peak 13,360' over the weekend. Hope you enjoyed the evo traverse. Looks like we missed each other by a few days; too bad as I would have enjoyed meeting a fellow ST poster out on those peaks.

B

I was dealing with AMS and it wasn't getting any better. We had an epic bail off to the West down a gully right before Mendel. TR to follow.
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2014 - 09:58am PT
Anyone familiar with the "Goddard Loop"?

I'm assuming Goddard Canyon, over some pass on Goddard, and up Evolution Basin on the JMT back to Florence, or the reverse.
Barbarian

climber
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:04pm PT
When I did it we crossed over through a low pass between Davis Lakes Basin and Lake Wanda. The going is almost all class 1 with a bit of scrambling. An enjoyable and low risk trip.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:45pm PT
I've also gone up Goodard Canyon, then into the Ionian Basin with a side trip up Goddard, over to the JMT and back down to Florence Lake. While mostly talus and scree, there were certainly places that could result in a broken leg or worse if you fell.

I keep looking for positive news, and am keeping my hopes up.

John
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:56pm PT
Best of luck to everyone, and THANK YOU to the searchers out there already.
Barbarian

climber
Jul 10, 2014 - 01:01pm PT
John - I have also done the trip going through Ionian Basin instead of over the "Davis Lakes Pass". That is a much more demanding trip with a greater opportunity for injury. I believe the Davis option gets more traffic and Ionian is somewhat infrequently traveled.
Except for the cross-country sections between Martha Lake and Wanda Lake, the loop is on either the JMT or well-defined and travelled spur trails.
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA/Boulder, CO
Jul 10, 2014 - 02:29pm PT
Been into Goddard from Courtright Resevoir via Black Cap Basin and a knapsack pass. Back over Hell-for-Sure Pass. Reilly(of ST fame) was in on that trip as well. I think he was 13 or 14(I was 12).

Best of luck to the searchers!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 10, 2014 - 04:31pm PT
hey there say, all... very sad to hear this... will be praying for him, and all the search folks... hope this will turn out well...

thanks for letting all the folks know...
Climberdude

Trad climber
Fresno, CA
Jul 10, 2014 - 05:16pm PT
Paul,

I am hoping he found some awesome terrain he liked rather than a bad situation. Hoping for the best!
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2014 - 05:50pm PT
Talked to an NPS investigator and she said that he had signed the Goddard summit register.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jul 10, 2014 - 06:12pm PT
Paul, that news will isolate the search I'd imagine. Prayers for a good outcome.
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