Missing friend in Mammoth Lakes area

Search
Go

Discussion Topic

Return to Forum List
Post a Reply
Messages 641 - 660 of total 2319 in this topic << First  |  < Previous  |  Show All  |  Next >  |  Last >>
Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Aug 21, 2013 - 03:11pm PT
Are any search dogs going in?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 21, 2013 - 03:21pm PT
No dogs going in.

It poured rain here yesterday, and is doing so again today. A terrible day for any searching.

: /

EDIT: I managed to get in a free round of golf at Sierra Star early this morning....finished not 10 minutes before the deluge started.

Thought about Matthew's case throughout the entire round.

Back out there again soon.....
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 21, 2013 - 06:06pm PT
Back to the front page....BUMP
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 21, 2013 - 11:04pm PT
Bumping for a partner.....
jstan

climber
Aug 21, 2013 - 11:13pm PT
Back out there again soon.....

Alpinism at its most meritorious. Whether on the Eiger, or the Sierra.
alli0103

Social climber
Lehighton
Aug 21, 2013 - 11:49pm PT
You guys might be the most amazing people I've ever witnessed that have come together to help out someone you don't even know. As Matt's long time friend (we met when we were 12 or 13), it has been absolutely unbelievable to watch you all do whatever you possibly can to help.

The photos I'm seeing are absolutely breathtaking. What a beautiful, humbling, amazing area you are in. And I now "get" WHY Matt was drawn to it.

A heartfelt thank you to all of you. Seriously.
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Aug 22, 2013 - 12:04am PT
That Blackhawk is too bulky - Rx some sorties with these ...
alli0103

Social climber
Lehighton
Aug 22, 2013 - 12:06am PT
Also, Cragman, a heartfelt THANK YOU to you. I just tried to send you a PM, but you have them disabled, so I'll just put it all out here for everyone to see. I don't know what special "mold" you come from... or what in your life made you become so intent on helping other people, but it has been amazing to "watch". I check in here several times a day, waiting to see what you've posted... Your TR was absolutely amazing and I, not being a hiker/climber at all, FINALLY got a feel for what anyone searching for someone out there is dealing with (you're an unbelievable writer and photographer by the way)... I am absolutely humbled by the fact that you plan on going out AGAIN to look for him. I can't even wrap my brain around what is driving you, but I won't question it, because I am so grateful for it, that to question it would be insane.

Please know that Matt's friends and family are extremely grateful for all that you (and many others) are doing. It's very hard to explain to someone else (who doesn't know Matt or someone else that has gone missing) what it would mean to gain ANY sort of closure. *I* didn't realize it until this all happened.

So thank you. Sincerely.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 22, 2013 - 06:45am PT
Thank you alli0103....very kind words. PM sent.

Again, the subject of my next search is the approach area/cliff band below the northeast Minaret Glacier.

The pic below is the view everyone gets when they ascend up the Shadow Creek drainage to Lake Ediza....that glacier (far left) is a magnet for someone toting boots, crampons and an axe.

Minarets and glacier from Lake Ediza
Minarets and glacier from Lake Ediza
Credit: Cragman

The main gully just below the glacier, after a normal winter, is the normal access, however, that gully is mostly melted out. The entire cliff band is sketchy, loose, and challenging terrain.

When I think of Matthew.....I'm drawn to this spot. That's where I would have gone if I were him.
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Aug 22, 2013 - 07:23am PT
For family and friends know that this area is incredibly beautiful and very very special to all of us.

I can think of no better place on this planet to spend my last days and though we all hope and pray Matt will miraculously appear somewhere somehow, the fact is the Sierras are heaven on earth.

He couldn't have picked a finer spot to wander and explore himself and the world around him.





10b4me

Ice climber
Wishes-He-Was-In-Arizona
Aug 22, 2013 - 10:43am PT
Once again, good luck Dean. Be safe. When are you going up?
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Aug 22, 2013 - 10:54am PT
Dean, I'm behind on a big project right now. Won't be able to get away this weekend.
crusher

climber
Santa Monica, CA
Aug 22, 2013 - 01:08pm PT
This might be a screwy question (and forgive me because I haven't personally been back there other than the Ediza area) but could Matt have possibly gone out of the Devil's Postpile trailhead (if perhaps he wanted to go to a peak or glacier south of Ritter/Banner)? I'm not sure if any of the searches (besides Cragman and Doug's) were in this more southerly area...we are assuming, with the limited info we have, that he was going for Ritter/Banner. Besides Agnew Meadows trailhead there is Devil's Postpile...is there another trailhead in near Red's Meadows resort?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 22, 2013 - 02:29pm PT
Purposing to go in very early Saturday or Sunday morning....coming out late Tuesday.


EDIT: Crusher...I think all of the bases have been covered here in regards to trailhead that he may have left from....keep stirring it up though....no lead should go unlooked in to.
QITNL

climber
Aug 22, 2013 - 02:37pm PT
crusher - here's a map of the various trailheads near the shuttle stops.

crusher

climber
Santa Monica, CA
Aug 22, 2013 - 02:46pm PT
Thanks for the map. I'm sure most of those trails are still highly traveled right now - but maybe only to lakes below the Minarets.

This is so frustrating. Thanks, Cragman, for going back out there and be safe yourself. I don't know Matt but his disappearance has really bothered me as it has many of you.
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Aug 22, 2013 - 09:29pm PT
Another long shot I know, but have all the bear boxes been checked at these trailheads?

I have often left food, brew, etc in them as I'm sure others do before heading in even for a day.
I most often will leave a note with the contents letting anyone know roughly when I'll be back so that I they won't think it has been there forever and may discourage them from eating and drinking it...dam those PCTers :-)

Knowing he probably didn't drive himself to a trailhead but caught a ride ( if indeed he did e head into the backcountry) he probably didn't have extras to put into a box, but I'd think in was SOP for any SAR to check at the trailhead boxes where it is speculated he might have entered.

Just a thought I woke up with this morning that I couldn't get out of my head.

10b4me

Ice climber
Wishes-He-Was-In-Arizona
Aug 22, 2013 - 09:40pm PT
Delhi Dog, good question.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 22, 2013 - 11:24pm PT
Secured a partner...going back in at dawn thirty Sunday morning.
Finn2302

Trad climber
Easton, pa
Aug 22, 2013 - 11:34pm PT
I am one of Matts many, many friends from PA, a climber and active reader of Supertopo. I've spent a fair amount of time in Yosemite, but never in the area Matt was suspected to be in.

Wanted to say thanks to all the wonderful people who care so much about Matt and helping out another person in need - you are inspiring!!

It's just so tough when we have so darn little information to go on, but maybe there is something about the power of social media and some of the group think that is going on here.

Not sure if this information has any value, but thought I'd pass it along to the group.

Matt and I went to the Gunks the weekend before he departed this summer for his Westward bound trip. He, I and another friend climbed several climbs that day including Doubleissima - which he followed easily. During the drive, one of the areas we spoke about was the Cathedral peak area in Tuolumne. Matt has been in that area in past years. I told him that we followed the Budd Creek north on our way out and how nice it was.. When I first heard he was missing, and that he was camping in the Mammoth Lakes area - I wondered back about our conversation and if he could have been back checking out Matthes Crest.. Once I learned that he had his big boots and crampons - I just thought ok that area seems unlikely. I did see that he climbed Unicorn peak - I wonder if from that vantage point, if there are interesting snow/gully climbs that maybe he spied and decided to do and would have needed his big boots and crampons for.

I know how big that country is and really appriciate everything you all are doing!

Please contact me with any questions - thanks again!
 Greg
Messages 641 - 660 of total 2319 in this topic << First  |  < Previous  |  Show All  |  Next >  |  Last >>
Return to Forum List
Post a Reply
 
Our Guidebooks
Check 'em out!
SuperTopo Guidebooks


Try a free sample topo!

 
SuperTopo on the Web

Review Categories
Recent Route Beta
Recent Gear Reviews