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Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Sep 7, 2015 - 05:58pm PT
Heal fast and well, Cragman
Cragman

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, California....via the Damascus Road
Sep 7, 2015 - 06:46pm PT
Thanks all....

I'm definitely well into the healing mode....outer stitches have been pulled....inner stitches still being absorbed.

Have about 80% use of the hand and getting stronger every day. I won't be pulling on crimps for a couple weeks....but I can handle my hiking poles and my ice axe just fine.

Hopefully Maverick et al will find what we're looking for before I head back out....and I can stay home and drink beer.
T H

Boulder climber
ne'erdowell
Sep 7, 2015 - 09:41pm PT
Spring ... 1971?
We pulled 4 bodies off Banner the fifth guy (leader) walked the wrong way west and lived .....
Dill did a slideshow at the clinic one time, and had an image of that recovery - a boot sticking vertically out of the snow (person still attached) made an impression on me.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
Goldenville west of Lurkerville
Sep 8, 2015 - 06:24am PT
Dean...That's nasty looking...Noticed the bandage when i saw you a few weeks ago and noticed Cups slung arm ...Thought maybe you 2 traded blows but decided not to pry..rj
Cragman

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, California....via the Damascus Road
Sep 8, 2015 - 07:17am PT
RJ......Cup's wife kicked his ass.
maverick01

climber
Sep 16, 2015 - 04:56pm PT
Unfortunately we were unsuccessful in finding any evidence.:(

We spent hours searching the fall zones, and the base of the glaciers, on the Southeast Glacier, including the Clyde variation, and the Ritter-Banner Saddle routes, each on separate days, to allow a good combing of the areas, but to be honest, a large group could spend weeks in just one of these areas, and still easily miss something.

We also checked the route between Ediza-Minaret Lakes, a couple of times, since Matt mentioned it being one of his objectives while in Mammoth.

Also climbed up beyond Deadhorse Lake to the check the falls zones right underneath Kehrlein Minaret, rough country.

All these areas are very steep, unstable terrain, which no one without at least a solid class 3 background should attempt.

These results will not deter us from continuing our efforts to bring closure for the Greene Family, a fellow mountain brother. As long as their are folks, who have the experience, the more importantly the willingness, to continue to search, we shall do what can to bring a successful closure for all.


So our search continues.....


PS Wishing you a quick and full recovery D.
Cragman

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, California....via the Damascus Road
Sep 16, 2015 - 05:02pm PT
Thanks for your efforts, Maverick01. Yes....it's very challenging terrain.

How many were you in your search party?

Weather wasn't the best for you.

I'm doing well, thanks....heading back in Friday.
crankster

Trad climber
No. Tahoe
Sep 16, 2015 - 05:19pm PT
Great effort, maverick. Have you posted a more detailed report of your search w/maps?
maverick01

climber
Sep 16, 2015 - 05:36pm PT
How many were you in your search party?

Not nearly enough, the majority unfortunately cancelled as we got closer to the start, some had life, family or work issues, some just lost interest, which is why I have the utmost admiration for those who were willing to take time off from work, be away from family, and tackle such dangerous terrain, without even knowing Matt. Truly great and inspiring souls, that enforces my belief, that their is hope for humanity.

Smoke was bad on some days, especially Sat, visibility was very low, but did not impact search, some days had ash on, and in our tents.

Monday it rained non stop from around 10:30 on, got back to tents soaked from Minaret Lake, found the meadow where we were set-up flooding, so we packed up and headed out, which was the right decision, because it rained the rest of the day, and into the night, also their was a dusting of snow on Ritter, and some of the Minarets, as we headed out, temps dropped quickly, 39F at 8 am the next morning in Mammoth.
Cragman

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, California....via the Damascus Road
Sep 16, 2015 - 05:47pm PT
Yeah.....tough back there.

So....how many searchers? Just curious.
maverick01

climber
Sep 16, 2015 - 06:00pm PT

12.5% of the 40 who said they were interested in helping. :)
kief

Trad climber
east side
Sep 17, 2015 - 10:50am PT
Would this be the same "maverick" who posted this rant when members of another forum failed to step up for an amateur SAR when a hiker was missing in the Taboose Pass area?
crankster

Trad climber
No. Tahoe
Sep 17, 2015 - 11:57am PT
Who the hell cares? I believe he apologized for that...not a big deal. He puts himself out there looking for lost souls. Good for him.
Cragman

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 4, 2015 - 04:09pm PT
Was supposed to head in to the zone this morning, but alas, it was pouring rain straight away, so delayed until tomorrow.

Still not the best forecast for the next few days, but I feel the need to get back there once again.

I'm quite certain there is a few inches of new snow in my search zone....perhaps even at my basecamp....but I am hopeful that I will see some melt off over the course of the week. If not, I'll stay off the steeps.

Partners have been hard to come by lately, so I will be solo once again.

If nothing else, I need this trip now just for me. It's been another frustrating search season. It started out rainy and cool with LOTS of wind....then wound down to hot and smokey. Now, the Fall weather is here, and the season is shutting down rather rapidly.

With the rumor of a big winter coming, I'm really wanting to get some more searching in now.....a huge winter will keep much of the zone under snow all of next season.

I'm still holding out hope for a bit of Indian summer in the coming weeks....and at least one more trip in.

I'll post a TR when I return.

Cheers,
DR
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Oct 4, 2015 - 05:05pm PT
Be safe Dean!
Peace
Cragman

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 4, 2015 - 06:17pm PT
Thanks, Ron.....I will.

Just finished packing.....chomping at the bit to get on trail. Morning cannot come soon enough!

: )
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Oct 4, 2015 - 06:21pm PT
Best Wishes!
TYeary

Social climber
State of decay
Oct 4, 2015 - 06:24pm PT
be safe Dean, good luck.
TY
Cragman

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 4, 2015 - 06:27pm PT
Thanks, Derek and Ty.....wish you guys could have joined me.

I'm gonna keep buggin ya!!!

' )
Alpineholydog

Trad climber
Spring Tx
Oct 4, 2015 - 06:38pm PT
Good travels Cragman. Thinking about all you guys still out there. Upon more reflection it still stands out that he took the crampons without the helmet. Ritter/Banner still seems right.
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