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johntp

Trad climber
socal
Mar 8, 2018 - 06:44pm PT
Consider mine crossed and toes as well. Good vibes on their way.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Mar 8, 2018 - 07:36pm PT
Hopefully they hunkered down somewhere and are just off in a direction unexpected, and soon will have word they are safe.
nah000

climber
now/here
Mar 8, 2018 - 07:51pm PT
dropped off on sunday. topped out on monday.

haven’t made it back to skiis at base by thursday.

really wish there was more a person could do besides just hope for these guys.
xCon

Social climber
909
Mar 8, 2018 - 09:25pm PT
whats the decent like?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 8, 2018 - 09:32pm PT
Not too gnarly, by Alaskan standards.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Mar 8, 2018 - 09:40pm PT
Thinkin' of these guys. Thinking of their families.
F

climber
away from the ground
Mar 8, 2018 - 09:51pm PT
Happy-
It’s unlikely a hunker scenario.
Reilly-
I’m curious which route on which tower they did, and how you are familiar with the descent from it. Can you fill us in on details of the descent from the route they climbed? V threads or fixed anchors from previous parties?

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 8, 2018 - 10:12pm PT
Dunno, but any descent off the towers isn’t bad if you have the gear to leave.
Obviously, the weather will have the last word. Best wishes.
F

climber
away from the ground
Mar 8, 2018 - 10:32pm PT



Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA

Mar 8, 2018 - 10:12pm PT
Dunno

I bet.


I was skiing with a friend of Ryan’s today, he got a message about it.
All he had to say was “That sounds really bad.”

nah000

climber
now/here
Mar 8, 2018 - 10:39pm PT
did some googling and based on the photo leclerc posted on monday i suspect they summited the main tower.

leclerc says they are looking towards mt. fairweather [so west] and there is a very recognizable notch in the descending ridge at the far left of the image. looking at images of the whole formation it seems certain that the notch is the same one that can be seen along the ridge descending from the west summit. there appear to be two peaks lower than they are at in the image and their formations seem to be similar to the “west” and “midget” towers that are to the west of the “main” tower. i don’t know the formation well enough to be certain and images from as radically different perspectives as the ones i’m looking at can be deceiving, but i’m about 75% sure that the summit of the “main” tower is where that image on leclerc’s instagram was taken from.

assuming all of this is correct, according to mountain project it would appear the mountaineer’s route is the most common descent from the main tower and consists of a few fifth class steps with the remaining being mostly fourth class terrain [but all of that would be in summer, so winter would be a different animal assuming they did go down that way]. mp puts that route at 1200’ long.
Braunini

Big Wall climber
cupertino
Mar 8, 2018 - 10:44pm PT
Coast Guard is out looking but the weather isn't great. Winter storm advisory the next couple days.
F

climber
away from the ground
Mar 8, 2018 - 10:49pm PT
Thanks Nahoo. It’s always nice to have an informed opinion rather than a know it all remark.
Maybe John K. can give beta on the descent. I know he’s climbed out there a bunch. I’m sure he knows Ryan also.
nah000

climber
now/here
Mar 8, 2018 - 10:58pm PT
also ironically enough Ryan Johnson posted a tr on st from his and his partner’s ffa of the south buttress of the main tower back in 2011.

on that occasion they descended the mountaineer’s route, so Johnson, at least, would already be familiar with that descent...
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Mar 8, 2018 - 11:11pm PT
I won't sleep well tonight. Worrying about these guys and hoping for the best outcome.
kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Mar 8, 2018 - 11:19pm PT
Thanks for all your searching and piecing info together, nah000. Am thinking about these guys a lot tonight and, as Tami mentioned, their worried families.

Below is a summer photo of the lower descent route, posted by Gabe Hayden on Mtn Project.

See https://www.mountainproject.com/photo/111623440 for the remainder of the W Ridge.

Mountaineer's route to west ridge of Mendenhall main tower
Mountaineer's route to west ridge of Mendenhall main tower
Credit: gabe hayden
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Mar 9, 2018 - 06:16am PT
Hoping for a positive outcome.
xCon

Social climber
909
Mar 9, 2018 - 06:37am PT
whos reporting seeing their ski's still at the base?
Mike.

climber
Mar 9, 2018 - 06:42am PT
Hoping for the best.

Thanks for the info.
Hoser

climber
Vancouver,Rome
Mar 9, 2018 - 06:50am PT
whos reporting seeing their ski's still at the base?

https://dps.alaska.gov/dailydispatch/Home/Display?dateReceived=3/8/2018%2012:00:00%20AM
treez

Trad climber
99827
Mar 9, 2018 - 06:57am PT
Goddammit. Ryan has a toddler a couple years younger than mine.

We had a big storm system come through.

Skis at the base of the rock is not good at all.

It was clear yesterday, if they weren't spotted.......

F*#k
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