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Published: Tuesday, June 4 2013 12:30 p.m. MDT

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Jumpyman
Salt Lake City, UT

Unfortunately this seems to happen at least once a year. Students look at the mountains all day and decided to go on a hike by themselves. They end up falling on the steep cliffs above the Y. I hope that they find him alive.

Eliot
Santaquin, UT

Can we get a name for the missing man? Maybe someone reading the article has seen him in the last two days.

JohnDoe123
Provo, UT

Apparently his name is Tyler Mayle.

IRS Agent
PROVO, UT

The caption on the photo says his name is Tyler Mayle.

zabivka
Orem, UT

Are they in need of volunteers? Why can't they figure out if his car is at the trailhead? What can we do to help?

earthquakejake
Logan, UT

You shouldn't hike a mountain alone. 127 hours is a good example of that. I hope they find him alive.

zabivka
Orem, UT

@earthquakejake -- Probably sound advice, but this mountain is tame as far as mountains go. It doesn't have a lot of exposed cliffs or technical sections that would cause a lot of concern. I would imagine that if he stayed near the trail, the most likely scenario is that he tripped and hit his head or broke a bone and couldn't get himself down. I hope he's okay!

Prodicus
Provo, UT

@earthquakejake: you must be kidding. Going hiking by yourself just a mile or two from town in an area with well-defined trails and good cell phone reception is a far cry from doing technical canyoneering by yourself in one of the most isolated spots in the lower 48 as Ralston did.

Taking a walk in the woods by yourself should not be an issue if you're prepared, prudent, and properly oriented/acquainted with the terrain.

aceroinox
Farmington, UT

I would agree with zabivka--you would have to try really hard to get into trouble on that mountain from the mountain itself. It's far more likely he had a medical issue, either an injury or some other disabling condition. I've hiked that mountain in the dark numerous times in order to have a sunrise breakfast on Maple Flats with no problems whatsoever. Thank heavens it's been relatively warm and no weather...good chance he's alive if he used common sense.

lacey22
Provo, UT

So, sad. What can we do to help? Is the public allowed help search? When? Where? How?

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

I don't know why people keep saying that the mountain is tame. Every year there are severl people killed, lost, or seriously injured on Y mountain, usually BYU students. The mountain is not tame, and people should remember that.

Zoniezoobie
Mesa, AZ

Is there access to the old cavern on Y Mountain where those kids drowned, or was that sealed over. Perhaps there are other caves nearby that he may have gone into, and is just waiting, beyond sight and beyond cell phone signals, for someone to come get him out.

Another reader said he may have gone over to Maple Mountain just across the notch from Y Mountain.

I remember driving that old road way high up behind Y mountain from Hobble Creek Canyon left fork, and driving all the way north to Provo Canyon.

I also went off on hikes alone in the late summer, being a new student from the flatlands mesmerized by the mountains. I once hiked the glaciers up behind Timpanogos, and later discovered the large melted-out ice caverns underneath the 'glaciers'. To my horror, a couple of years later, a few folks like me, in separate incidents, were hiking the glaciers and fell through the ice down twenty or thirty feet to the rocks in the creek bed below and died. Could have been me. Sometimes we take risks we are totally unaware of, and by fortune are spared to live longer lives.

Rustymommy
Clovis, NM

Godspeed to Taylor Mayne

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