Missing Hiker - Michael Blair

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Missing Hiker - Michael Blair

Post by Dan_Suitor » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:15 am

Century Bound, eventually.
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Re: Missing Hiker - Michael Blair

Post by SurfNTurf » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:02 am

If he's been missing since February 2, sadly, the odds of a positive outcome are slim. Still hoping for the best and keeping all those who know him in my thoughts.

The photo in the second article shows he's an ice climber, and Alma is the nearest town to Lincoln Falls. The surrounding slopes are prone to avalanche -- the approach trail was covered by a slide toward the end of last season. People also free solo the most classic route at Lincoln Falls, Scottish Gully, all the time. That's actually what he's climbing in the selfie; you can see his belayer at the anchor between the first and second pitches. Some of the updates in the comment section also say he brought his splitboard and avy float bag and spent a lot of time around Pennsylvania Mountain.

Please, please, please let someone know where you're going whenever you enter the backcountry, especially solo in winter.
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