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.
Can we get a name for the missing man? Maybe someone reading the article has
seen him in the last two days.
Apparently his name is Tyler Mayle.
The caption on the photo says his name is Tyler Mayle.
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?
You shouldn't hike a mountain alone. 127 hours is a good example of that. I
hope they find him alive.
@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!
@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.
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.
So, sad. What can we do to help? Is the public allowed help search? When? Where?
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
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.
Godspeed to Taylor Mayne