Death on Mather pass

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Death on Mather pass

Post by MountainMinstrel » Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:48 pm

Got a Garmen message from my sister and brother-in-law that a man had slipped on the south side of Mather Pass and passed away from his injuries. My sister and bro were able to be emotional support for the man's companions and then made it over the pass and are headed to toward Palisades Lake.

be careful out there.


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Re: Death on Mather pass

Post by lizgreer » Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:45 pm

This is so sad to hear. The man's daughter reached out on one of the JMT Facebook groups asking for anyone who had helped him to PM her so they could share stories and memories. The group is called "John Muir Trail Hikers 2019". (Search for Mather.) If you or your family are not on FB and don't have her contact info, please reach out to me and I can PM her on FB. I'm sure it would really help her to know all that she can. Thx. (PS: I'm heading out on a trip on Monday, returning 9/12 or so, in case you don't hear right back from me.)

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Re: Death on Mather pass

Post by IlluminataPhoto » Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:43 pm

Wayne was an acquaintance of mine - I worked with him here in Madison in a past life. He was one of the nicest people I've ever met. Backpacking the JMT was one of his bucket list trips.

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Re: Death on Mather pass

Post by MountainMinstrel » Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:17 pm

My sister and brother-in-law won't be off the trail until next week, but I'll have them contact her then. Also, I am on that facebook group so I will try to find her info.
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Re: Death on Mather pass

Post by lizgreer » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:29 am

ok great - let me know if you need any help finding the post.

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Re: Death on Mather pass

Post by lizgreer » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:30 am

IlluminataPhoto wrote:
Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:43 pm
Wayne was an acquaintance of mine - I worked with him here in Madison in a past life. He was one of the nicest people I've ever met. Backpacking the JMT was one of his bucket list trips.
So sad. Sounds like he was well-respected in his community.

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Re: Death on Mather pass

Post by mannywilliam » Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:48 pm

Hi,
I was hiking just a few hours behind the fatal accident and watched the EMT and the helicopter as they worked the rescue. I met a woman named Christy and her friend Dave from Albuquerque who were among the first on the scene. I've not seen any reports on the fatality, so I appreciate seeing this information and the kind words you all are sharing. Bill Manny, Boise, Idaho

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Re: Death on Mather pass

Post by MountainMinstrel » Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:05 pm

mannywilliam wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:48 pm
Hi,
I was hiking just a few hours behind the fatal accident and watched the EMT and the helicopter as they worked the rescue. I met a woman named Christy and her friend Dave from Albuquerque who were among the first on the scene. I've not seen any reports on the fatality, so I appreciate seeing this information and the kind words you all are sharing. Bill Manny, Boise, Idaho
Did you meet Woman Who Sings and John Deere? They're my sister and BIL and were also two hours behind Wayne heading NOBO.
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