Missing friend in Mammoth Lakes area


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Trad climber
Bay Area
Apr 9, 2014 - 01:44pm PT
testing to prove if they are human bones
Indeed, that sounds as if the bones have been around for quite a while. Pretty easy to distinguish human bones from any of the native mammals if there's much structure to compare.

Where is the Casa Diablo Range?

Apr 9, 2014 - 02:22pm PT
Casa Diablo Range is one to several miles east of Owens River Gorge. It's a minor range parallel to and west of the White Mtns. Would be a long-ish walk to access without a car or mountain bike. Even if you snagged a ride to the Gorge from someone, you'd have to get around it and walk another few miles each way. The highest point is <8,000 feet. Really great area with remote aura, but doesn't superficially seem to be the kind of objective that fits with Matt's known pattern for his trip.
Chief Dan Watson

Mammoth Lakes, CA
Apr 9, 2014 - 02:39pm PT
According to the Office of the Mono County Sheriff/Coroner, the remains appear to be at least five years old.

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Apr 9, 2014 - 03:21pm PT
Well that's sad to hear. :(

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Apr 9, 2014 - 03:31pm PT
Thanks for the quick update Chief Dan W.


Boulder climber
May 6, 2014 - 12:37am PT

Boulder climber
Jun 15, 2014 - 08:42pm PT
Credit: T H

Trad climber
Spring Tx
Jun 28, 2014 - 07:09am PT
Could someone summarize the facts we know again.
Maybe organized as to what matt climbed in prior days and his activities based on date.
Then list issues about the day he set out.( what he took with him,cell phone signals,)
Then issues after his disappearance such as details about his gear getting put into storage at campsite and areas searched on a map. (when did the gear go into storage?)

Maybe even a dedicated page for all this info. This thread is pretty long to sift through.
Seems there was an actively updated map last year is that sill around?
I know Cragman and others are keeping an eye out and I'm headed back that way in August w a descent sized group toward Banner and Ritter.
I just wanted to refresh the details in my head.

Also helpful on the page would be examples or pics of his gear to see colors and styles.
Also link trip reports from crag man and others done last year in area.

Thanks all!
Ron Minto

Social climber
Bethlehem PA
Jun 28, 2014 - 08:35am PT
Click on this link:


Also, check the box "Matts Known Timline" in the upper left.

Gear pictures are available here https://www.dropbox.com/s/mdolc54o81pu7qc/FMG%20Spring%20Flyer.pdf?n=273786315

additional detail is here https://www.facebook.com/notes/find-matthew-greene/details-of-matts-disappearance/523033734436824


Trad climber
Bay Area
Jun 28, 2014 - 09:57am PT
Ron Minto
You can make links to other webpages "live" by using the Web Link button when you're posting a reply.

I'll do it for you

Here's the flyer from Ron's second link
Credit: HighTraverse
Cragman, how are snow conditions up there? Let's make a plan.

Trad climber
Spring Tx
Jun 28, 2014 - 12:58pm PT
thanks againMuch simpler.
Logical areas of focus would be different approaches to each minaret given the gear he took and his boots. The not taking the helmut still bugs me
Are there any accounts of how the campground manager found his stuff? Was it well put together like he was away or was there any haphazardness to it such as he left in a hurry?
Any new or unpublished or (buried on internet) accounts from people at the campground?
Still firm on the cell signals? (location and times)

Not meaning to dredge up bad vibes but just want to think about it logically again.

Social climber
Escondido CA
Jun 28, 2014 - 01:14pm PT
My thoughts continue to be with Matt and his family and I hope there is closure soon. Thank you to all who are continuing to search.

A thought, not really pertinent to Matt's search but regarding firefighter Mike Herdman. In some of his photos I see a startling resemblance to Matt. (Is it just me?)
Also, wondering if any of you hikers have any thoughts on Mike's disappearance/death...I guess pending autopsy results.......
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Jun 28, 2014 - 01:25pm PT
There was at one time talk of him making it up towards carson city/lake tahoe. Medical examiners are now trying to identify remains found at the top of spooner summit.

Social climber
So Cal
Jun 28, 2014 - 02:57pm PT
From the local news sources it sounds like Mike's dog ran off and he ran off after him barefoot.

He ended up going over a precipice and the body was concealed by brush so it took a long time to find him.

(don't wear black in the back country)


Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jun 28, 2014 - 08:34pm PT
Hi all.....a brief update....

I will be heading into the search zone this coming Monday morning with Matt's father, Bob, and a few others.

Bob has been here on the east side since early May doing conditioning hikes, and feeding the mosquitos. He is fit and is completely ready for the rigors of the backcountry. He has literally logged hundreds of miles already, and he is a joy to be around.

I'll post a trip report upon our return later next week.

We will be spending lots of time in the search area over the next few months. High Traverse, et al.....please PM me with your schedules of available blocks of time.


EDIT: I would request that this thread not get used for discussion on the Herdman case. Thanks.

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Jun 28, 2014 - 09:45pm PT
Let Matt's family know that a lot of us in the climbing community, who didn't know Matt before he went missing, still think of him. I was just over at the Shady Rest campground a couple of weeks ago, still seeing the signs up about Matt around town.
Best Wishes to all searchers, Phyl

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jun 29, 2014 - 04:47am PT
Thanks, phylp....Look me up next time you are up here...I'd love to see you again!

Matt's family members are VERY aware of the outpouring of good thoughts, prayers, and well wishes of the Supertopo community. They have been following these threads since the beginning.



Social climber
Jun 29, 2014 - 12:10pm PT
Glad to hear you and all the others are still searching. We will be up later in July.

We wish you and everyone success and safety out there.


Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jun 29, 2014 - 12:25pm PT
Thanks, Brooke....Great to hear from you!

Be sure to let me know when you guys are on your way up!


Social climber
Hoboken, NJ by way of Orange County, CA
Jun 29, 2014 - 02:24pm PT
Hoping and praying that answers will be found and Matt's family will have closure. Continually inspired by the climbing community coming together to find Matt. Will be watching for updates.
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