This was a very sad accident and I feel deeply for the family. I have been a
rock climber for 45 years although I don't do the really challenging routes
anymore. But I still love climbing mountains. However, I have always resisted
the lure of doing an "off trail" route unless my hiking partners and I
have scouted it ahead of time and traced it on maps and using air photos to look
for obstacles and difficult approaches. We look up photos that others have taken
and read climbing reports from the area. You can find information on most of the
mountain areas in North America because people have been hiking all over them
for more than 100 years and many of them have written about their trips.
Preparation is one key to safe mountaineering.
He tells his roommates he's going hiking alone on Saturday and doesn't
came back, he supposed to be at a meeting on Sunday and doesn't show up and
nobody says anything to anybody till Tuesday? The Police leave a ticket on his
abandoned car on Sunday because it was left overnight and they don't think
that maybe someone went hiking and didn't return? Maybe nobody could have
helped him but maybe he fell and was alive so sometime and would have lived if
they were looking for him sooner, seems irresponsible to me at the least.
My daughter and I hiked the trail into Eagle Pass this afternoon and left
flowers. There was a very peaceful feeling there; one I'm not used to. Our
deepest condolences from one mountain-loving family to another.
Paryers going up for this family. What a heartbreaking story. Hope his sister
fares well on her mission. She certainly has an uphill battle to face and is to
be commended for her courage.
My very first reaction when I heard he was missing was that he probably went off
trail and fell. Sad to say I was right. Stay on the trail.
At times like this it is easy to play the 'what if' game, if only he
had not gone hiking alone, if only this, or if only that. But do all the math
and all that is remaining is that our sympathies go out to the family in a major
and sincere way.I too have lost family members, and having a vibrant
testimony of the gospel and the understanding of eternal life helps, but it does
not completely dry the tears.
My heart goes out to his family. I cannot even fathom the loss of a
Terrible tragedy. We know the family and did some activities with Tyler over the
years.But...if he was hiking off-trail, that's a huge risk.
People go skiing here in Colorado off-trail all the time, and every so often,
you hear of their deaths on the news. It's dangerous out there, folks. The
Scout rule to take a buddy should apply even after you're grown-up.
We often forget how dangerous these mountain can be, they are our backyard, but
they are still wild and full of danger. Many areas off trail see very few to no
people wander through. It definitely has an appeal and I fully understand this
young man's desire to explore mostly unvisited areas. I often
go hiking alone, and often in the dark so that I can be at my destination for
the sunrise. That said I never go in the dark on a trail that I am not very
familiar with. I go very prepared with extra food and water, GPS with extra
batteries, bear spray, and I always tell my wife where I am going and when I
should be back. I also stick to the trail and don't climb cliffs, if you
stick to the trail the chances of falling down a cliff are extremely small. I am
often criticized for going alone, but no one else is willing to wake up at
3:00am with me, and I feel the dangers are minimal when you play it safe and
take the proper precautions.
what i would like to know is the why didn't they call saturday ? if this
young man was doing a tough hike by himself he should of had a locator and a
hiking partner.i pray this family finds comfort.the first rule i was
taught when hiking, fishing, swimming, or any outdoor activity 'take a
friend along' !
Oh my goodness. May his spirit shine on his family on earth. Tough stuff here
for the family. God bless.
Man is a puny adversary when he goes up against nature and the forces of nature.
We lost a young adult several years ago in this same area as he was depressed
and said no one would ever find him. To date he is right.
There are a lot of people who believe taking reckless risks is worth the thrill
they get. What these people seem to forget is how much they hurt their families
were they to die or become crippled for life.This ought to be
discussed in health class. No doubt a few young people could be reached this
When I was an undergrad at BYU, I remember a vivid photo on the front page of
the Daily Universe showing a hiker who had fallen being removed from Y Mountain.
It is a very dangerous place to hike..... Deepest condolences to the family.
Terribly sad loss of life. We have no details, it could be a fall suicide, a
health problem disbetis, epilepsy, we don't know. As a general rule you
never take off alone, you go in groups and let others know exactly where you are
headed. From the valley the line of mountains over Provo looks easy to conquer
much less threatening that the range over SL Valley, but they are riddled with
caves, shale, poorly maintained trails and other hazards. The rocky portions on
the north side of Slate canyon are as dangerous as any I've ever seen
because of the loose rock and steep formations, Rock canyon is on the same
level, while Y mountain has most of its hazards hidden from the valley view. BYU
students see the mountains and go crazy but a kid from Windsor, CO, that's
odd , it's normally California, the midwest or the south that sent kids
knowing nothing about the dangers of wondering around Utah Valley's
mountains and track them with aggressive overconfidence.
This is a sad reminder that the mountains are a dangerous environment. Just as
you should never go scuba diving alone, you should never go hiking in the
mountains alone. And climbing cliffs without the proper gear and a partner is
never a good idea.
Heartfelt sorrow and prayers for the Tyler Mayle family.
@Aggielove - nothing disclosed of what happened to him. So stay tuned. I have
been behind the Y mountain two times while attending at BYU and yes you can get
lost but I stayed on the trail. Sad to see this happened to anyone.
@Aggielove: The trail Tyler took initially wraps back around the south face of
the mountain and the terrain he'd talked about exploring is off-trail and
into the steeper cliff regions of the adjacent mountain to the south. He
wouldn't be visible from campus, but there's no way he's
"lost." With the number of bear S&R have encountered that would be
far more likely a predatory threat than cats. Or he may have fallen from the
cliffs on that mountain. I spoke with an officer at the base of the mountain
yesterday. They aren't anticipating recovering Mayle alive.
Snowman. More than I think? Sorry, but I've been raised in the outdoors. I
know the seriousness of a lion. It would be rare to have one kill. Deer, elk
calves, sheep, goats. But unless this young man was not to strong, it's
hard to see a lion doing this. Possible though.
Aggielove: A mountain lion is more of a threat than you think.
If his father's cell phone uses the same carrier and is the same model then
it could help show where his son's last location was Tuesday when the cell
phone battery died. It probably indicates that there was only a signal to one
cell tower from the son's cell phone so it cannot be triangulated to
pinpoint location, his father's phone can be used to create an arc on the
mountain from that cell phone tower. It could also be used to rule out areas
This seems very fishy. Also. I won't say a mt. Lion isn't the reason,
cause it would be rare. But it's possible. He is in eye shot of campus.
Very strange for sure.
Having his father's cell phone verifies the technique and that the phone is
not out of range. That way they know that if the son's phone was working
they could have found it. They took the father's phone into the search area
and found it using the "ping" technique, so they can conclude that the
son's phone is not working.
For the tech people out there, how does having his father's cell phone