Oakland couple rescued from Laurel Mt.

-Press release from the Mono County Sheriff’s Office:

On the evening of Saturday, July 6, 2013, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding two overdue climbers in the Laurel Mountain area.

A couple, ages 31 and 32, from Oakland, CA, were climbing the Northeast Gully of Laurel Mountain when they failed to return from their climb and were reported overdue by friends.

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At approximately 10:30 pm, on Saturday, July 6, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) team was called out to search for the overdue climbers. One group of SAR members attempted to determine the location of the climbers via light signals from Convict Lake.

Another group of SAR members drove the Laurel Lakes road in case the climbers descended in that direction. Neither SAR group was successful in locating the climbers. It was determined that air resources would be needed in the morning and the search was concluded for the night.

On the morning of Sunday, July 7, 2013, the SAR team staged at Convict Lake. SAR members scanned cliffs, hiked, and drove to high points in the area hoping to spot the climbers.

A team began climbing the Northeast Gully route while another team ascended the other side of Laurel Mountain. After several hours of searching, the climbers were located by a spotting scope from Convict Lake. The climbers were off-route and halfway up the mountain. SAR climbers continued to climb toward the couple.

A National Guard helicopter, from Mather, was able to fly in and extricate the couple and SAR climbers to safety. The overdue climbers were dehydrated but otherwise uninjured.

The climbing in the Northeast Gully is not technically difficult, but the route is long and requires good route finding skills and experience. Off-route, the rock becomes loose and the terrain is steeper. Per the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) team, there have been two other rescues on this route in the last ten years due to climbers becoming stranded in steep, loose terrain. The Mono County Sheriff SAR team would like to remind climbers to not be deceived by the easy technical rating of this route and to gain experience on shorter alpine routes before attempting this climb.

Written and prepared by: Jennifer Hansen, Public Information Officer


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44 Responses to Oakland couple rescued from Laurel Mt.

  1. Mark July 9, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Send those liberals a bill for services

    • Trouble July 10, 2013 at 8:29 am #

      I don’t know Mark, I heard Reagan got lost on his way to the bathroom.

    • Good luck at the voting booth July 10, 2013 at 10:29 am #

      re: Mark

      Once again we have a regular poster doing his very best Rush Limbaugh/Ann Coulter tiresome comedy bit trying to deflect the actual subject towards the “Liberals (aka Democrats) are the Devil!” childish nonsense.
      They’ve been getting away with this BS for over a decade now, and it’s comforting that they are being called on it.

      See you at the voting booth, Mark. Good luck.

      • J-Frog July 10, 2013 at 11:35 am #

        That’s right “Good luck at the voting booth”
        The fascination of “labels” has really become a “avenue of dismissal” for the issues that really should be addressed.
        Good luck at the voting booth!

      • Tourbillon July 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

        I’m proud of you. You made it, what, three days without foaming at the mouth about Limbaugh? No doubt you have had night sweats but relapses into dysfunction, regrettable as they are, can temporarily calm frayed nerves.

        • Wide-awake William July 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

          Until the Far-right, Tea Party, Neoconservatives, Limbaughites, et. al awake from their slumber and come to the painful conclusion that if they can produce a viable presidential candidate that represents themselves AND the majority of the voters in America – they will lose every election that comes along. They’d better start with catering to minorities.

        • Limbaughism abounds July 10, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

          The bloated, drug-riddled bigot, Rush Limbaugh, who buckskinned attorney once said this about – “A people-hater adored by people-haters” is making a fortune appealing to that sad group of people whose easy-to-push-their-buttons fascist/racist ideology is clearly losing each and every election.
          No sweat whatsoever, Tourbillon. Only slight amusement at the folly of his loyal followers. In fact, I sleep like a baby.
          Oh, that’s right, almost forgot. Nobody listens to Rush Limbaugh or reads books by Ann Coulter.
          (muffled laughter)

        • Show me a Tea Party candidate July 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

          Have to admit, when the Tea Party/Neocon people were making lots of noise before the national election an illusion was created that the country was leaning in their direction.
          But when their man got dumped on at the polls and was supported by the likes of Limbaugh, Beck, Palin, Hannity, and Bachmann …
          I breathed a sigh of relief that has continued to this day.
          Until the far-right can come up with a viable candidate for America to rally around there is clearly nothing to get worked up about.

      • Mark July 10, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

        ok no more of that from me 😉 I’m not a fan of Rush.

    • Charles O. Jones July 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

      “We do searches and rescues at any time,
      in any weather,
      for as long as it takes,
      for free…”

      I’m happy to know that MonoSAR’s ethics don’t align with yours Mark.

    • J-Frog July 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

      I’m not gonna give this a rest Mark, without calling it like I see it. “The Spectrum of Thinkable Thought” keep that in mind while I tread on the status quo.. It’s behavioralism 101. When there is incentives for a certain way of thinking, and reward them for thinking a certain way, we reward people for thinking like a democrat and we reward people for thinking like a republican, essentially that’s rewarding people for status quo messaging..
      So my point is the wrong incentive structure we have running rampant is the main culprit, and not the liberals or conservative way of thinking.
      I don’t expect to make anyone a believer, but I will no longer bite my tongue.

      • Fear not the conservatives July 11, 2013 at 6:38 am #

        You’re wasting your time J-Frog on trying to get our so-called “conservatives” to actually take the time and think about the issues.
        The “deepest” they can go is:
        “Conservatives (aka Republicans) are better than Liberals (aka Democrats)”
        But fear not. They are clearly in the minority.
        It’s an evolutionary thing. They (conservatives) are mostly older, angry boomers, insisting WMDs are in Iraq, the US should never have pulled out of Vietnam, and there is nothing wrong with our environment. But in their favor, they own more flags than anybody else – and THIS is the most important thing to them.They are dying off daily making room for a new, thinking, liberal, tolerant generation.

        • Fire away neocons July 11, 2013 at 10:48 am #

          Based on the thumbs-up/thumbs-down to various topics, one could safely assume the majority of contributors to this blog are of the right-leaning to far-right leaning caliber. Also, most of the talk-radio programs today pander to the right-leaning types.

          What is utterly fascinating to me is the high-ranking spokespersons for the GOP have recently stated that their party must distance itself from the far-right, tea party groups if it ever wants to win another national election.

          So fire away conservatives. All your ranting is doing is dividing the country unnecessarily and raising your collective blood pressure. Your very own political party is watching you closely and has begun the process of demonizing you.

          • Mountain Man July 11, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

            Fire Away, actually the majority of posters here are liberty lovers who are not trapped in the left vs right paradigm like you are. They are neither “Liberals” or “Neocons”. They pretty much want to be left alone by government agencies and do not want their country involved in wars all over the globe.

          • Big AL July 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

            No Dr. Facts, it’s your rants about liberals and neocons that gets the thumbs down. You’re the only one here who seems to rant .. and about the same old crap … You do pretty good in your mission of division.

          • Fighting fire with fire July 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

            Sorry Big Al, the only time the word neocon appears is after the word liberal appears.
            It’s a fight fire with fire thing. Better get used to it.
            And don’t think for a second liberals are going to roll over and play dead for the Limbaughites.

      • Big AL July 11, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

        LOL Jerry, tell it like it is brother .. don’t spare the frosting!

        • Minds of like caliber July 13, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

          Yet another well-thought out and meaningful contribution to this format from Big Al.
          You are too much, Big.

          : )

    • erik simpson July 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      Good trolling Mark! I was wondering how long it would take before he’d bite.

      • J-Frog July 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

        Yeah atta boy Mark, that’s how you get a fundamentalist point across, by trolling….

        • J-Frog July 10, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

          Who’s Rush Limbaugh?

      • Mark July 11, 2013 at 9:01 am #

        I regret pulling the cord.

        I’d rather discuss local issues.

        • Trouble July 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

          So mark, how do you feel about the local patrol of our skateboard park? 🙂

        • Liberal Larry July 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

          @Mark –

          And of course the overused (and most certainly demonized) word “liberals” pertains to local issues only. (chuckle)
          Never assume liberals are going to take the demonization lying down, Mark.
          We may be tolerant of other points of view – but not to the extent of the non-stop bashing.
          Get used to it.

      • Tourbillon July 11, 2013 at 11:41 am #

        Erik, nothing against Mark here, but getting the intolerant Crank of Many Names to “bite” and post yet another half-witted screed full of hate and bile is about as hard as getting a bite at a trout hatchery during feeding time.

        • Mirror, Mirror on the wall... July 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

          Why the childish “bite” games, Tourbillon?
          Hate and bile? Half-witted?
          Life is too short, my friend.
          Do yourself a favor and turn off the talk-radio.
          That’s where you’re getting the hate and bile.
          It’s all done with mirrors.

    • Big AL July 11, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

      Mark … tell me how it is you know they are liberals .. just because they are from Oakland?

      • Trouble in River City July 15, 2013 at 5:43 am #

        Hmmm … let’s see …
        a racist statement from Big Al
        yet another ” I Hate Liberals!” slam from Big Al …
        Feel any bigger, Big Al?
        So, how do feel about the recent acquittal in Florida, Big Al?
        (as if we don’t already know)

  2. Charles O. Jones July 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    Thanks again to the men and women from MonoSAR. It seems like they’ve had a busy season so far.

    • Marilyn July 10, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

      a big THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE to the volunteers who actually suit up and show up when someone gets stuck – what is with all this other irrelevant BS when this article was about our visitors and our neighbors who went to help them?

      • J-Frog July 10, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

        Marilyn your so right…
        Thanks to the efforts that make the difference!

      • Trouble July 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

        Get used to it.

  3. ferdinand lopez July 11, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    until republicans decide to give illegals free life in the u.s. and unemployment and welfare to every moron that doesnt want to go out and work,democrats will rule

    • Seeing the light July 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

      You are too funny, Ferdinand lopez – I’m sure that is your real name : )

      Meanwhile, in the REAL world:

      “The laws governing the immigration system aren’t working. The system is broken.
      I don’t intend to get involved in the politics or the specifics of policy, but I do hope there is a positive resolution to the debate. I hope during the debate that we keep a benevolent spirit in mind. We understand the contributions immigrants make to our country.”

      Past president and Republican (who is finally seeing the light) George Bush

      • And speaking of Bush ... July 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

        “Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans,” he said, adding, “Immigrants are more fertile, they love families, they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity.”
        – Jeb Bush speaking to conservatives as to why they are going wrong.

    • J-Frog July 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

      That’s funny you admit that the republicans have to take back past stances in effort to pick up votes, because it is very obvious the republican platform of ideologies is on the wrong side of history. Sorry conservative republican voters, if your a die hard republican, your on the wrong side of history, I’m willing to wait 20 years to prove it, for example; look at the poll (any poll) stats on from the 90’s to now, on how the general population felt about gay marriage, woman’s rights and marijuana, these are all topics that have gone to the progressives favor, we are emerging into a progressive society whether it’s relevant to your stance or not, but the status quo keepers and those in power will do all they can to hold on to their power.
      The more we carry on with our conditioned way of life the more of a sheep we become to the established powers..
      Actually there is no hope for the republican party, if we had publicly funded elections without big money interest pouring in millions of dollars to campaigns, there would be no Republican party for they are really just keepers of the 1% bracket, the banks, wall st., and like the democrats they are keepers of the corporate agenda. You do remember because corporations are people right? Pathetic!

      • Archie Bunker returns July 12, 2013 at 10:21 am #

        Very good, J-Frog. Impressive and well-thought out facts. The political climate of today shows us the group that is losing is the one doing all the shouting. This childishness only appeals to the other children who instead of offering solutions they prefer to stereotype, degrade and demean gay people, blacks, latinos, muslims, people with foreign-sounding names, and the list of those they despise is growing daily.
        I hate to break it to these types, but Archie Bunker in the 70s was a bigoted buffoon, not a consummate American.

    • Ken Warner July 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

      I doesn’t really work that way. You don’t get unemployment unless you have worked. “Every moron” doesn’t get welfare. Have you tried it? You have to be really broke. Living on the street broke to get welfare if you are single.

      But it’s said that there are 11 million illegals living in the U.S. And that one out of ten Mexicans are living in the U.S. This isn’t racist, this is just to mention facts.

      Clearly we could do better at controlling our border. Think of the amount of money we’ve spent keeping North and South Korea separated. Don’t even start about the money we spend in the Mid East trying to keep different religious factions pacified.. With fewer illegals — from all countries — we would have more money to help out our own citizens.

      And I don’t think it’s a Democrat vs. Republican issue. A lot of this is driven by big corporations that want cheap, disposable labor that they don’t have to pay health care for or provide job guarantees of any form. Particularly big agriculture and all the low paying jobs in other industries like tourism and the service sector.

      And don’t forget the large number of unemployed people forcing wages lower and lower. That’s np accident either.

      The politicians on both sides know who they are beholden to. And it aint us. It’s the big corporations. And as long as the big corporations can make money from cheap, disposable labor, we won’t have a well controlled border.

      • J-Frog July 12, 2013 at 7:36 am #

        But Ken how do we really see that securing our border is priority number 1? There’s enough to go around man, if we had a representative democracy we wouldn’t be shoving the blame in the wrong areas when we know the problems have started from the terrible DC policy’s that DO NOT reflect the peoples best interest.
        Everything has been outsourced, it’s all for a profit, for the few…the few that have bought or Republic/Democracy, I mean the the top 400 richest Americans hold like 40 something trillion, probably more by now, whats the national debt 20 trillion now or something like that, it’s a sad fact that the debt could be paid off if they wanted it to be but they like staying on top and us in debt. Don’t call me a socialist, if anything call me a radical..

        • Ken Warner July 12, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

          I agree — in principle — with everything you said.

          There are times when I would prefer a dictatorship if the dictator was benevolent. We already have a Royal Class. Talk about entitlement. A benevolent dictator could at least get something done.

          • J-Frog July 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

            Yeah no kidding.
            Now that i go back and read your initial comment, I realize I repeated you a bit. Excuse my amateur ways, But where I got all excited about was being aware that the immigration bill has added 46 billion (not officially) but the 700 hundred mile border fence that is multiple layers and the territory between the layers has to be bought from the current owners so we really don’t know what the final number is. I just don’t see those efforts as worth what it might be delivering.
            And not to mention all the funneling money to the border patrol for these check points meant for illegal immigrants and major drug traffickers but yet they are getting 75% of Americans traveling in their own country? I mean I don’t see half of the money really going to border security.. We get the bill and none of the upside…
            Not to mention illegal immigration is on a all time low at the moment, for the obvious reasons = no jobs.
            Thanks for your time to comment back Ken.

          • Dick the Dictator July 13, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

            And speaking of a dictatorship …
            Dick Cheney for President!

  4. Big AL July 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    Never ceases .. the bullshit about liberals and conservatives has to come out in articles like this. Yes … thanks to the volunteers that help in time of need.

  5. Romancing the minorities July 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    The party that can sway the immigrants and minorities to voting for them is the party that will win every time.


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