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zBrown

Ice climber
Jul 25, 2016 - 04:20pm PT
Mt. Whitney hiker found dead.

John Lee, 68. More later.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jul 25, 2016 - 04:35pm PT
^
John Lee left his pack north of the mountaineers route and his body was found on the SW side of Whitney. Very curious. Seems like he got disoriented.
zBrown

Ice climber
Jul 25, 2016 - 05:44pm PT
^One article says he separated from his group in order to find a safer route down.


http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article91648962.html
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jul 25, 2016 - 06:07pm PT
Can't trust the news too much. At least he was found.
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Jul 25, 2016 - 06:37pm PT
I am inclined to believe that the original press release meant to say Mr. Lee was found on the NORTH west side of Mt. Whitney. That would be more consistent with getting off-route near the Whitney-Russell col given his pack was found on steep terrain above...
Psilocyborg

climber
Jul 25, 2016 - 07:06pm PT
hmmmm. I am wondering if falcons can be trained to locate human remains...
zBrown

Ice climber
Jul 25, 2016 - 07:08pm PT
^Good thought dude. They can.

couchmaster

climber
Jul 25, 2016 - 08:58pm PT


I had a dog like Dean once. Never gave up once it committed. Best. Damned. Dog. Ever. Bless you Dean and may you yet find the missing puzzle piece and also most importantly to you the peace for Matthews family which they are no doubt still searching for. What a gift that would be to the family.




Cragman

Trad climber
Mammoth and SLO.....Life is Good!!!
Jul 25, 2016 - 09:01pm PT
Thanks, couch......I agree...its all about that family.


Heading back out this week.
couchmaster

climber
Jul 28, 2016 - 05:52am PT


May success and happiness follow you this weekend and forever sir. It's a pleasure to have you around to remind folks about what is truly important, in between a political or religious disagreement or 2 of course:-)

I'm not a praying man, but I will call out in the quiet tonight and meditate deeply on this "finding Matthew" issue and give it a try. It can't hurt.








couchmaster

climber
Jul 29, 2016 - 10:53am PT


Thanks Ekat. I took a shot at it last night. My focus drifted and sadly eventually wound up with a mostly brown vision of masses of WW1 soldiers buried under dirt. Missing and forgotten. Couldn't shake out of that view either, it was very difficult. Will try again tonight, hopefully better able to stay praying to the good Lord about Matthew and not whatever the heck just happened.

If everyone else could stop for a few moments and do the same it would be appreciated.

Jimr

climber
Redondo Beach, CA
Jul 29, 2016 - 11:58am PT
Meditation need not be this hour long silent mind thing that many think it should be. Most find their head running around for 55 of those minutes anyway. I do about 20 very short meditations every day, less than a minute each time. When the head starts going, I'm done. Sometimes and epiphany comes to me, most times, it just gives me several moments to center in "now". It is especially calming during stressful moments.

Whenever you think of Matthew and/or those who are out there looking and want to send out some good vibes, just stop for a moment, close your eyes and listen until the mind starts talking again, then go about your business.

It does not matter whether it works "out there" or not. If so, great. If not, but it brings you moments of peace and presence in now, then you win either way. Put it out and have no thought of results.

give or take a quart
LAhiker

Social climber
Los Angeles
Jul 29, 2016 - 11:28pm PT
Cragman, thanks for continuing to search. I hope your next outing is safe and fruitful.

Jimr, I'm glad you're planning to go out there too later this year!

Alpineholydog, I agree that it would be good to double-check which registers have been checked, not just for Matt's name but also for people who might have seen him or noticed something. While this was done for the Banner and Ritter registers, it hasn't been done for all the Minarets that have registers. I think most of the info in my earlier post is still valid... Maybe we can figure out a way to encourage people to do this...
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=2195321&msg=2452330#msg2452330

Batrock, have you had any more thoughts on where you might have seen the picture of mountaineering boots found stashed in the snow?

The only thing I found similar to that was a snow boot (containing a foot) and other human remains that were found earlier this summer at Eldora Mountain Resort in Colorado. But that was far away, and involved a different type of boot.
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/06/08/boot-found-with-human-remains-at-eldora-stumps-investigators/
Cragman

Trad climber
Mammoth and SLO.....Life is Good!!!
Aug 1, 2016 - 02:52pm PT
It was bloody hot out there....ready for a nice cool down.

At least the bugs aren't as bad as they were a few weeks ago.

Re-charging.....back out in ten days.
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Aug 8, 2016 - 12:37pm PT
http://www.climbing.com/people/vanished-the-mysterious-disappearance-of-a-climber-in-the-sierra-nevada/
crankster

Trad climber
No. Tahoe
Aug 8, 2016 - 05:04pm PT
Excellent article and graphics. It's hard to argue the likely scenario that he went out on one last climb and had a tragic accident.

Someday, I trust, a climber descending into a notch, climbing a chimney, or similar, will chance upon a clue and the mystery of Matt's disappearance will come to an end. I hope it's soon, for the sake of his family and friends.

Kudos to cragman for his efforts.
T H

Boulder climber
ne'erdowell
Aug 8, 2016 - 09:41pm PT
The article says on his trip to Mammoth, he had continued up from Emerald Lake (to Sky Meadows on N side of Mammoth Crest).
Then it says that later on he returned to Hike Mammoth Crest (maybe Deer Lakes trail) which are both very close to Blue Crag Coulior, before he went missing. I saw on TV that the coulior was skied by a party this last winter, but any potential evidence covered by alot of snow at that time.

(Winter 2013 conditions)
phylp

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Aug 8, 2016 - 10:08pm PT
Thanks for the link to the article. It was an excellent summary.

Cragman

Trad climber
Mammoth and SLO.....Life is Good!!!
Aug 9, 2016 - 07:00pm PT
Thanks, crankster...et al.....

Monica Prelle, the author of the article, did a very nice job.

So many possibilities in this case.....I'm sticking to my theories and search areas. Back in on Friday.
T H

Boulder climber
ne'erdowell
Aug 20, 2016 - 09:19pm PT
http://www.powder.com/stories/skiing-as-craft/the-sacred-balance/#gzRSztsSHiu1busZ.97
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