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Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Canada
Mar 2, 2015 - 08:48pm PT
Thanks Kris. I hope this is no bone of contention.
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Mar 2, 2015 - 09:11pm PT
A body could stay unfound for many years in parts of that gully. Nobody goes in parts of it.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 2, 2015 - 09:12pm PT
A body could stay unfound for many years in parts of that gully. Nobody goes in parts of it.

I bet you and Hamish know all about this. Probably some guy who was going to get on one of your planned first ascents ahead of you...
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Mar 2, 2015 - 09:41pm PT
That would have been Fred, and he's still around!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 2, 2015 - 10:31pm PT
Crazy! Hope they didn't stir up any pterodactyl nests!
Scrubber

climber
Straight outta Squampton
Mar 3, 2015 - 07:21am PT
The remains were just over two years old. Last summer the RCMP was notified of what was suspected to be human remains by climbers who had scrambled or rapped into the gully to retrieve a dropped camera case from the Squamish Buttress.

The RCMP and Coroner requested SAR's assistance in recovering the remains. Many of the large bones and the person's clothing were recovered at that time. Unfortunately the vegetation was so thick at that time of year that many of the small bones could not be found, and may have been assumed to be lost.

On Thursday the 26'th I was scrambling up there on my own (not looking for remains) and came across some of the missing smaller bones in an area that seasonally would be thick with ferns and other plants, but right now is completely open. I informed SAR, who contacted the agencies who were involved before to see if this was the same area. (I wasn't on the recovery last summer) The coroner's office asked if we would again assist in attempting to retrieve the balance of the remains, so that there would hopefully be no future calls about other finds in that area.

I tucked the remains that I had located off to the side of the gully away from the loose wash area. When we returned on Saturday the 28th, those remains were missing, and there were what appeared to be very fresh foot prints in the moss leading to or from the Squamish Buttress. We recovered what we hope to be the balance of what was in the area, and jugged out.

We talked to several local climbers who spotted climbers several pitches from the top of the Buttress just before dark on Friday the 27'th. It is unknown if these climbers finished the route, or descended, possibly by route of the gully. If they happened to pick up the remains, its not a big deal. No one is in trouble. The Coroner's office simply needs to consolidate and inventory all of the remains, so that the case can be closed. If these remains turn up somewhere else, its a whole lot more paperwork for someone, and it may take a long time to be linked to the correct case. They can be turned in anonymously even. No Problem .

As I said before, feel free to contact me directly if you'd like. We're just trying to give as much closure to this case as possible for the family, and the agencies involved.

Thanks,

Kris Wild
604-815-8637
RyanD

climber
Mar 3, 2015 - 07:34am PT
Thanks for clarifying Kris.
Scrubber

climber
Straight outta Squampton
Mar 3, 2015 - 03:45pm PT
The missing remains have been turned over to the coroner. Many thanks for the community cooperation to have this resolved!

Kris
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Mar 4, 2015 - 08:28pm PT
Meanwhile in Van we leave work early c'os of trichloroisocyanuric acid on fire at the Port.

Fun times.


Nice route Brownie. :-D Snicker.

I always wondered if RB created his routes just to see what suckers would follow him with second & third ascents.

Grin.

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 5, 2015 - 04:26pm PT
Nice Kieran!!

Live from the pillar!!
Grippa

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 5, 2015 - 04:45pm PT
Killing it Mike! You still in the big boy harness?
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 5, 2015 - 06:44pm PT
Ya buddy. Gonna try out my safe harness tomorrow. Think it should be good. It wasn't pretty today. Definetly not at the top of my game yet. But i got up there!!

Looking forward to tying in with you again Greg.
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