Recall last December 17 when we blogged about a private plane that apparently went down in Yosemite? To refresh you, Nicol Wilson, 66, of Solvang left Santa Ynez Airport to meet family at Mammoth Lakes Airport. The family planned a festive holiday gathering. He solo piloted his 1966 Mooney M20F but never arrived. His last confirmed position was near an area above Half Dome. Snow and impossible access hampered a search for the white plane. The search grid is estimated at about 600 square miles. More than five feet of new snow had accumulated at the higher elevations of the park, including the search area off Tioga Pass between 8,000 and 10,000 feet.
So where does that leave things? As the snow melts up near Tuolumne, NPS Search teams will resume their efforts. But it’s feasible that backpackers and hikers could come across the wreckage. It’s assumed the pilot us expired but the body has remained near freezing and might be intact. Be aware if you are a hiker along the Yosemite Creek area towards North Dome.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Searchin’ .. Oh, yeah, searchin’ … Searchin’ every which a-way .” – The Coasters
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com