While exiting the first section of the SHR last week I came across some plane crash remains at the bottom of the ice field below Echo Col. I've seen several photos of how this snow/ice field has been melting over the past 10 - 20 years but I wasn't aware of this wreck.
The AFRCC website has it is listed as a Mooney that crashed on Feb., 16th, 1980. I found the obit for the pilot and it looks like he was a prominent physicist named Robert V. Pole. There must have been a bad storm at that time because another small plane went down nearby in the Sierras on the same day.
The ice is almost completely melted away after such a mild winter and almost the entire summer to thaw. The plane looked to be in very good condition considering it's been there for 32 years.
I'll post a TR from the SHR trip, but in the meantime here are a few photos of the wreck.
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