Ken, Tanya, and I headed out yesterday arriving at the Mt Peeley TH at roughly 8:30. After hours of searching, we found nothing, but I posted a GPS track of where we went.
After looking at the map and recent posts and triplogs, we did see a ridge that appeared a viable descent route, which was in center of the "horseshoe" of Vaporman's previous track from 11/29. The terrain was open, the trail closer to the Sheep-Peeley ridge than in many places, with access to ravines and springs. With recent activity near Mt. Peeley, we decided to check this area out.
There were an array of bear, elk, and deer game trails with plenty of recent activity. Thinking this traffic could point to a clue or a sign, we followed them. No luck. We bashed the brush while slowly looking for anything, any sign, and all came up empty. Ken veered to the south and Tanya stayed behing, looking under trees as they would provide possible shelter. Nothing. After 1.5 hours of chasing dead ends, we met up with Vapoman's GPS track higher up on the ridge, and found some of his flagging.
A few hundred yards off of his track to the SE, we saw an area of heavy footprints (human), and I marked this waypoint, but they looked too recent to be Joe's, since there have been a couple storms since then. At this point, we traversed into the Ravine 5 and followed it all the way down to the Thicket Springs Trail, and the only signs of travel we saw were Vaporman's flagging spots down lower.
It was a bit frustrating pushing through all of that, knowing that this whole community's combined efforts have not found a clue yet, ourselves included. I truly do hope some closure is reached soon, so hopefully next weekend's efforts are more fruitful. Be safe out there everyone and good luck