Mono searchers rescue climbers

Three mountain climbers in the White Mountains were aided by members of the Mono County Sheriff Search & Rescue team on Nov. 2.

The climbers, Donald Gallay, Sam Gallay, and Ed Bowles from Chatsworth, Calif., attempted a climb of 14,245-foot tall White Mountain Peak, located west of Mammoth near the Nevada-California border

A storm struck as they were making their way up and they were unable to reach the summit, and retreated to the road head.

When driving down the road near Sheep Mountain, their vehicle became trapped by deep snow drifts at about 12,000 feet.

According to National Weather Service records, the storm dropped nearly two inches of moisture in Mammoth Lakes by 8 a.m.

Search and rescue personnel were able to respond within one mile of their location by vehicle, and hiked to their location to guide them out on foot. The three men were transported to a Bishop hotel for the night.


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