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Re: Missing friend in Mammoth Lakes /Tuolumne area

Postby tdavidock » Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:41 pm

Thanks Maverick- this looks like Matt's style. I have been checking on his tent, and it sounds like it was a 1 person Big Agnes- not sure about the color, but the flys are mainly white. Again, we don't know for sure if he had it with him. Waiting to hear back from PD.

We're pushing as hard as we can to get some people out there tomorrow. Hopefully we will. Thank you again for all of your help. It means a lot.



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Postby tdavidock » Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:34 am

Latest update-

There is a group going to Lyell today to check the summit register. Another group with SAR members is heading to Ritter. Also, the helicopter got the green light!!! All of you that have provided information here and in other forums, thank you! Please know that the support and and knowledge of the climbing community really helped to make all of this happen. Being back on the east coast makes this very hard for me and many of Matt's friends and family. Thanks to all of you, those 3000 miles don't seem quite as far. Thank you!

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Re: Missing friend in Mammoth Lakes /Tuolumne area

Postby maverick » Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:22 am

Happy to help in any way we can Tom! Great news about SAR getting involved!!!!
If you saw a tent similar to this around 7/16 in the Ediza-1000 Is Lake please
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Re: Missing friend in Mammoth Lakes /Tuolumne area

Postby tdavidock » Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:27 am

Today's Update:

Crews went into Ritter yesterday and concentrated on the lower areas. They did not summit, but individuals are working to get a helicopter to transport a team to the summit team today to the base of the snowfield. Also, plan is to have the chopper do a aerial search a little after noon today if conditions with the fire cooperate.

Again, if anyone is going to Ritter or Lyell, please check the registers. Also, if anyone knows of individuals that have submitted these peaks in the last several weeks, please let us know. I will continue to post any additional info that I have.

Thank you-
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Postby artrock23 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:35 am

I don't know if you saw my post on SP, but I was on the summit of Mt. Lyell on Monday 7/29. When signing the register, I only looked at a few of the other entries (back to 7/25). One would need ice axe and crampons to ascend Lyell Glacier. Let me know if there's any beta I can offer.
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Re: Missing friend in Mammoth Lakes /Tuolumne area

Postby tdavidock » Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:49 pm

Here is the latest (posted from his family):

I received updates through Bill w/ SAR and ran through everything with Matts friend Tony as well. Unfortunately, the search did not yield anything. The helicopter was able to do an aerial while the ground crews were out but they did not uncover any evidence of Matt. They did take a bunch of pictures while they were out that they will be reviewing and zooming in on to make sure nothing was missed. He did not sign the registers at the top of Banner or Ritter. Yosemite is still suppose to check the one at Lyell, though SAR does not think it's probable he would be there. SAR took pictures of the registers and are also pulling what info they can from permits issued to try and call/email those individuals to see if anyone might have any info on Matt. The fellow from the repair station is not of any circumstance; he was back a few days now and was actually part of SAR; the only thing Matt spoke to him about was his car repair. They went through Matt's gear again and established that he was not equipped for overnight; tent/bivvy/sleeping bag/stove/heavy jacket were all still with gear. Additionally, no rope or technical equipment was missing so they don't believe he was attempting any climbs. That about sums it up; I'll be editing the notes too with all this. I really think at this point that we need nationwide media coverage to get new leads and get them quick. I've contacted the major ones (Fox, NBC, CNN) but need to hound them more to get some attention brought to this story ASAP.
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Re: Missing friend in Mammoth Lakes /Tuolumne area

Postby maverick » Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:29 pm

Sorry to read Tom that SAR was unsuccessful in finding Matt or any further evidence which
would point to his whereabouts.
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Re: Missing friend in Mammoth Lakes /Tuolumne area

Postby tdavidock » Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:46 pm

Please take a moment and take a look at the Flickr Page that was created for Matt. There are photos on there and a few videos of Matt. Please share with anyone that may have been in the area in the past couple of weeks. If more people see his face, maybe somebody will remember something.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/findmattgreene/

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Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:28 pm

I am not sure I am understanding this. So, they have all of his overnight gear accounted for. Where was it? In the car? In the backcountry? At a trailhead? Which trailhead? That info would help us who are most familiar with the area to come up with some suggestions.
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Re: Missing friend in Mammoth Lakes /Tuolumne area

Postby maverick » Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:28 am

Doyle wrote:

I am not sure I am understanding this. So, they have all of his overnight gear
accounted for. Where was it? In the car? In the backcountry? At a trailhead?
Which trailhead? That info would help us who are most familiar with the area
to come up with some suggestions.


Hi Doyle,

Did you have a chance to read the Sierrawave link in which it says he was staying at
the Shady Rest Campground while his car was being fixed. Pages of his guide book
had the Banner/Ritter missing so they are assumed that he went to climb these
peaks, possibly as a day hike.
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Re: Missing friend in Mammoth Lakes /Tuolumne area

Postby ManOfTooManySports » Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:23 pm

For what it's worth, ~10 days ago we did TM over Donahue to Island, then xc to Lake Catherine then xc to the San Joaquin and Bench Canyon. We didn't see your friend or evidence of him. Really, a total lack of footprints after Lake Catherine. The only odd thing was a tent about 2/3 up North Glacier Pass, but I think you said he had no overnight gear.
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Re: Missing friend in Mammoth Lakes /Tuolumne area

Postby tdavidock » Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:19 pm

Hi everyone-

Again, thanks for all of the help, ideas, leads, etc. As all of you can probably guess, this is extremely hard for those of us that know Matt. It's almost impossible to describe every last detail that we know, but I will try to provide the latest update and thinking by those involved in the search efforts.

Matt went missing on July 17th. His last contact with someone was on the evening of the 16th.

Matt's car broke down and he was in Mammoth Lakes staying at the Shady Rest Campground. His car was being fixed in town and was scheduled to be finished on the 18th. Matt was in town, from what we know, on the 16th. He was on a computer (we suspect the library) as indicated by a summit post forum post about water intoxication around 2:45 on the 16th. He talked with his father that day and texted a friend that night (around 9:00PM). He gave no indication to anyone that we know of that day what his plans were. His last cell phone ping came from Mammoth Mt., which would have been the tower from Mammoth Lakes

We suspect that on the 17th, Matt decided to do a day climb/hike as he took no overnight gear with him. He had a large pack and gear for snow, which indicates that he was thinking that snow was a possibility (crampons, Mountaineering axe, and boots). He had no bivy gear and it clearly seems like he had every intention of coming back that same day.

Matt was happy and loved life. He was a quiet guy, but happy to have a conversation with anyone that wanted to talk. He met a lot of people on his trips, so it's likely that he talked to someone that we weren't in contact with yet. As for questions about depression, while valid ones to ask, they do not make sense in this case or for Matt.

Matt had no transportation, so would have used his own two feet, hitched a ride, or more likely taken the shuttle. He was used to riding the shuttle as he did another hike on the 11th to do Clyde Minerat. I understand that he may have done another one in the Minerats as well. He talked about this with a fellow climber on what we believe was the 11th, but gave no indication of definitive plans and the info he was given covers a fairly large area. This person was also participating with SAR.
Matt had pages torn out of his guide book for the entire Minerat area, which covers approximately a 5 mile by 20 mile area, which included both Ritter and Banner (hence the search of the summit registers). Neither register was signed by Matt as reported by search teams. Other speculated that he may have attempted Lyell, but that would have required an early start that the shuttle service wouldn't provide. There are a lot of options in the Minerats, which would have been likely choices for Matt.

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SAR was out on both Ritter and Banner last weekend as well as had a chopper that covered some of the snow fields for about 30 minutes. Without more information, they couldn't proceed with further efforts. Additionally, to make things harder, the area that is suggested as a possibility is in another county jurisdiction, which makes organizing the search more challenging for allocating resources.

Right now, SAR has put together some flyers asking for anyone and everyone hiking and climbing in those areas to CHECK the registries. Please do so if you're out there and help spread the word. This will be posted at all major climber hangouts in the region, but please help to spread this via word of mouth. The focus areas is in the Minerats right now since the limited info suggests that more so than any other location. However, there is always the possibility of the wildcard and he jumped the YART and headed into the park.

All permit offices were checked and those with permits from the time frame before and after he was missing are being contacted. Matt was known to get an early start, so it's very possible that he could have been the 1st one on the trail.

Right now, the missing piece to the puzzle is information. We need something, however small, to help hone in on his location or possible plans. If there is anything that you wish you could do, it's spread the word. Some resources are available for this including:

1. Facebook page: www.facebook.com/findmattgreene
2. Flickr Page with lots of photos: http://www.flickr.com/groups/findmattgreene/
3. Flyer: http://socalcrisis.org/findmattgreene
4. Mono County Sheriff: http://www.monosheriff.org/
5. And tons of news stories (google Matthew Greene, Missing)

I will try to provide any additional info that I get or clarify something that is missing. It is challenging to get everything out, but I and his other friends and family will do our best. Please continue to share. Miss you, Matt.

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