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Monika Johnson missing near alpental....
« on: 02/02/11, 06:32 PM »

Someone found her pack and a glove in the parking lot. Supposedly skiing alone out toward Red Mt.

Fingers crossed.

http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattle911/archives/238012.asp

*edit - changed thread title now that her name is released - Marcus*
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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #1 on: 02/02/11, 06:51 PM »

It is not good news, they think she was caught in an avalanche on Red Mt.
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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #2 on: 02/02/11, 06:54 PM »

Just to set the facts straight: Her pack, skis, and helmet were found on the summit of Red Mountain, not in the parking lot. So there was obviously no avalanche, but possibly a cornice collapse.

See this story with photo: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/115147839.html
KIRO had the most info on the ongoing search during their evening newscasts. Some of it is online: http://www.kirotv.com/news/26720675/detail.html

She's a TAY regular, and a close friend and ski partner of many of us on this forum. We're all hoping that she'll be found OK.

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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #3 on: 02/02/11, 08:02 PM »

I found her pack, skis, and full-face helmet on the summit of Red Mt. around 1:00 PM today.

After a close examination of her skis and poles, I determined they likely had been there since Tuesday, which fits into her work schedule, and called to see if she had shown up for work today (negative).  An examination of the substantial cornice at the summit showed a recent fracture leading to the cliff area to the north of Red. After looking around and trying her cell phone, we assumed the worst and traversed to the SE ridge trying to find a route down the north side of Red while alerting the Sheriff's Dept. and Alpental Patrol. We finally found a skiable route at the distinctive notch on the ridge at around 3:00 PM but decided to return as we would be running out of daylight and were not equipped for an overnight.

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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #4 on: 02/02/11, 08:14 PM »

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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #5 on: 02/02/11, 08:25 PM »

My thoughts and prayers are with her...
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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #6 on: 02/02/11, 08:31 PM »

I really hate reading about accidents like this. Positive thoughts go out, I hope she is in a bivouac or snow cave and will be found tomorrow morning. *Crossing my fingers for good luck* Cry my thoughts and prayers are with her tonight.
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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #7 on: 02/02/11, 08:42 PM »

I hope she is OK. She's an incredibly strong person with masses of stamina.
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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #8 on: 02/02/11, 08:50 PM »

Total downer  Cry

Prayers to all the family and friends for a positive outcome.
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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #9 on: 02/02/11, 09:47 PM »

This is very sad news. My fingers are crossed.
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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #10 on: 02/02/11, 10:20 PM »

hoping and praying that odds are beaten here.

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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #11 on: 02/02/11, 10:29 PM »

Thoughts go out to all. If the KIRO site is to be believed, it sound like there are some folks (I suspect some are TAYers) out there looking for her as I type. Stay safe out there and take care. 
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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #12 on: 02/02/11, 10:56 PM »

I am very sad to learn of this.  My deepest positive vibes for our missing friend.
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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #13 on: 02/02/11, 11:04 PM »

We were teaching this evening at West when our Ski School Director informed us about the helicopter activity and search operations.  As darkness arrived the helicopter activity ended and plans for the helicopter search would resume at daylight.  A somber time.
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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #14 on: 02/02/11, 11:28 PM »

I saw a group of maybe 8 search and rescue by the trailhead  as I was leaving Alpental this evening~9pm.

Here's hoping there will be some positive news.
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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #15 on: 02/02/11, 11:46 PM »

Wow. 

As the initial shock wears off, I'm absolutly amazed at the selflessness of the TAYers who stepped up, without hesitation, to assist.  This small community continues to make me proud.

Praying for the best...





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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #16 on: 02/03/11, 12:09 AM »

Tragic news. Just got back from Alpental. SAR and BARK poised for a pre-dawn effort. I also pray for a positive outcome.
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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #17 on: 02/03/11, 12:11 AM »

Saw headlamps on Red from Summit West during WAC lessons.   Praying for a miracle.
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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #18 on: 02/03/11, 01:08 AM »

A miracle indeed, that's what it takes right now. 
I hope she is OK. She's an incredibly strong person with masses of stamina.

Strength does not help, the best of the best are at the mountains mercy.  My friend Joe Puryear just died this Fall falling through a cornice.  This has been very upsetting for me, the strong meeting the fate of the mountains.  There is no simple way to digest this.  I am angry.  I am sad.  I don't understand why good souled people perish and bad souls live, it will always be a mystery to me.  Life is simply not fair, but it is what it is for a reason, one that will bewilder mankind for the duration of our existence.
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« Reply #19 on: 02/03/11, 04:01 AM »

Sadness...and prayers
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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #20 on: 02/03/11, 05:55 AM »

...and another set of fingers crossed.
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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #21 on: 02/03/11, 07:17 AM »

Praying for a miracle.
Ditto. 

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone today.
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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #22 on: 02/03/11, 07:24 AM »

Hoping for the a miracle as well...
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« Reply #23 on: 02/03/11, 07:24 AM »

Many, many folks are heading up today, all with the same hope.  It's going to be a hard wait.  
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Re: Missing BC skier near alpental....
« Reply #24 on: 02/03/11, 07:30 AM »

I pray that she is OK.  Hoping for the best.
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