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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Sep 30, 2013 - 07:29pm PT
I have searched areas of Banner Peak, and will bump my two reports to the top of the page.
OutdoorGal

Social climber
Lehigh Valley, PA
Sep 30, 2013 - 08:59pm PT
Thanks, Cragman. I had read your reports but hadn't remembered whether you had searched Banner. In your opinion is there more ground on that peak that should be covered?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Sep 30, 2013 - 09:01pm PT
Absolutely.
TheMaster

climber
Sep 30, 2013 - 09:14pm PT
I am telling you, one misstep on the west side of the Ritter-Banner saddle can send you to the bottom of Lake Catherine. There are a million places to meet your demise on the North Ridge and East Corner routes, two routes that are soloed regularly.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Sep 30, 2013 - 09:30pm PT
True, TheMaster.....and you are only talking about one peak in the entire range.


Daunting....
pradiata

Social climber
CA
Oct 1, 2013 - 05:07am PT
Hi all-

I came across a trip report with lots of pictures from someone who was in the Minarets area 7/15-17 and don't know if it had been seen already - I haven't seen reference to it in this thread:
http://seatosummitultralight.blogspot.com/2013/07/minaret-loop-july-15th-17th.html

Also video from the same trip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6eoS9fb2rA&list=UU5fcNRG07LQHaXFYyGKx1bg&index=2

I hope there's some real luck in the search soon. Best thoughts to family, friends and searchers.
Hikesfortheview

Social climber
Oct 1, 2013 - 10:11am PT
I have been following but haven't seen that link before? I hope he or his photos can help.
tdg119

Social climber
Northampton, PA
Oct 1, 2013 - 11:32am PT
Good find pradiata - would be nice if that person recalls seeing Matt somewhere.

I'm going to share two pictures of notebook paper with some areas Matt appears to have considered - this could be something he wrote up before even going out west and without being familiar with the area, I am unsure how much hiking versus climbing these areas offer. BUT I still wanted to share as he lists pros and cons for each one so yet another chance to get inside his head a bit.

There is also a tourist map where he'd circled right around Sherwin Plaza. I could not find much in the way of what businesses are there. I highly, highly doubt it's anything, but again, figured I'd share.

Credit: tdg119
Credit: tdg119
Credit: tdg119
TheMaster

climber
Oct 1, 2013 - 11:36am PT
This whole situation with Matt could have been averted(maybe wouldn't have saved his life but would not have led to the situation we have now) if clear instructions were left with someone about the intended destination. I mentioned this once before on this thread as was chastised by those who say they take risks, etc. Well, look what the family is going through now in this situation.
Dan Watson

climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Oct 1, 2013 - 02:29pm PT
The place circled on the map is where the Bristle Cone apartments are located. Just to the left of the circle is a small shopping center with a couple of restaurants and other businesses.
Hikesfortheview

Social climber
Oct 1, 2013 - 02:30pm PT
I am not in Mammoth right now or I would go to the circled spot. I think it could be the laundromat? Did signs go up there?


Hollywood Soap and Suds?

https://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF-8&q=Hollywood+Soaps+%26+Suds&fb=1&gl=us&hq=hollywood+soaps+and+suds+mammoth+map&cid=0,0,11732241665521330647&ei=8xhLUtfGDpTlygGk3oFA&ved=0CI8BEPwSMAs
kenish

Gym climber
Orange County, CA
Oct 1, 2013 - 03:52pm PT
Also note on the map there is a pen mark in the intersection of Main and Old Mammoth over the traffic light icon. You would turn in that direction to go between Sherman Plaza and the car repair shop (or a lot of other businesses).

We don't know how exact the circle was drawn, but it marks a Thai restaurant, and also Skadi Restaurant, which doesn't seem like Matt's style: http://skadirestaurant.com/ Ironically, the MLPD station is nearby too. There's a ski shop and used bookstore across Chateau from the circle.

Tip: If you use Google Maps and the Street View feature, you can do a "virtual walk" of most streets in Mammoth.
jeg

Social climber
center valley,Pa
Oct 1, 2013 - 04:45pm PT
Our first night in Mammoth , we met Matt at that Thai restaurant and it was his choice to go there.
kenish

Gym climber
Orange County, CA
Oct 1, 2013 - 06:52pm PT
we met Matt at that Thai restaurant and it was his choice to go there.

My post 2 above was poorly worded. I meant that Skadi seemed to not fit Matt's style (but you know him best, and me not at all).

It sounds like the circle was for the Thai place: http://www.thaidup.net/ Do you know if he was a "regular"? I wonder if any of the staff recall Matt, or if a customer struck up a conversation with him? You'd think they would see and respond to the flyers, though.
Hikesfortheview

Social climber
Oct 1, 2013 - 06:55pm PT
Well, that answers THAT mystery. As a side note, I saw climbers are looking for alternate plans since Yosemite is closed. That may mean more hikers/climbers in Mammoth?
10b4me

Ice climber
Soon 2B Flagstaff
Oct 1, 2013 - 06:57pm PT
^^^national forests are closed also.
TheMaster

climber
Oct 1, 2013 - 07:02pm PT
You can still go hiking on the backcountry trails. What are they going to do, post guards to keep people off the trails? I don't think so.
LAhiker

Social climber
Los Angeles
Oct 1, 2013 - 07:10pm PT
While national forests are closed, one can still get into the Inyo National Forest, at least according to the person who answered the phone at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center this morning. The guy said that the Welcome Center was already closed and that facilities such as bathrooms in the National Forest would be closed, but that the road from Mammoth towards Devil's Postpile would still be open.

(One of the worst things about this shutdown is that it's hard to get info about its extent because those who would know are no longer there!)

But I've heard that though entrances to national parks and such have been closed, if a regular road goes into or through a national park or forest, one can apparently use it. The Inyo National Forest seems quite porous.

Edit: Fixed typo.
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Oct 1, 2013 - 07:18pm PT
National Forest are closed...

Which ones? Sequoia Nat Forest is wide open. All FS employees except fire and LEOs are on furlough, But at least for now you can drive on up to The Needles etc. and go climbing.
LAhiker

Social climber
Los Angeles
Oct 1, 2013 - 07:30pm PT
Perhaps I should have said "officially closed" = no services, maybe no bathrooms, etc. I didn't necessarily mean "can't get into it" closed.

There may be some places, however, where some access roads are closed. For instance, it wouldn't surprise me if down here, in the nearby Angeles National Forest, the road to Chantry Flats had a bar across it -- it often does. But I don't know for sure, and short of going there it's hard to find out.

But the guy at the now-closed Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center specifically said that Minaret Summit road to Red's Meadow was open.
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