Missing friend in Mammoth Lakes area


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Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Jan 11, 2019 - 06:33pm PT
It was a comment, an idea, not a criticism.

My opinion is that at some point this search for closure becomes an obsession, and the underlying intent is lost. If it were me up there I know my family would have found their peace with it a long time ago.

But if his family feels that they need a different solution, then you're right. It's none of my fukkin business. But is asking a question really trying to make it my business? Touchy world if it is.
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Jan 11, 2019 - 07:25pm PT
If I were to go up into the mountains and disappear, an accident or perhaps by intention, and things were in such a manner that no one finds me despite many highly qualified individuals best efforts over a period of years, what about leaving me alone would violate some social constructs?

I guess the scenario where someone wishes to not be found, but creates a circumstance that huge resources and people's time gets expended, that bothers me.

Write a note, with your desires, then go where no one would expect, and leave no clues.

But if you don't do that, and you simply disappear, then the default has to be to search for you, for a trivial but incapacitating injury that should not be fatal....and you are in so far, you cannot crawl out.

Ice climber
Jan 11, 2019 - 08:09pm PT
The closure they seek could come from seeing the beauty of the place and knowing that he is up there. Somewhere.

An admirable sentiment to be sure. If it works for you then" even better.

My somewhat cynical younger brother who died way too young wanted his ashes spread near the ocean at a beach we frequented. That was it. I satisfied the two of us.

But you never close out your family IMO. We're in it for the long haul.


Jan 11, 2019 - 08:25pm PT

Most of the time the local authorities need some type of closure for their investigation.

A search is required as part of it.

Otherwise, it remains open case .....

Sport climber
100-year Visitor
Jan 11, 2019 - 08:29pm PT
Interesting that they never revealed the identity of the body found in the cave? I went down the rabbit hole a little - anyone else?
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