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For GPSjoe - 5 yr Anniversary at Mt. Peeley TH

Posted: Sep 12 2015 7:50 pm
by Grasshopper
Reference Original Forum Topic: Missing hiker in Mazatzals - gpsjoe (Joe Domin)
viewtopic.php?f=66&t=5664
GPSjoe: http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=195968

The week of 11/8/15 will mark the five year anniversary of our HAZ- GPSjoe's (Joseph S. Domin) hiking disappearance in from the Tonto National Forest- Mazatal Wilderness- Mount Peeley TH.

Joe's son, Christian Domin from Chicago, IL, will be visiting this week of 11/8/15 for his possible last AZ trip visit. Christian would like to extend his personal family invitation to all those HAZ and other GPSjoe friends, acquaintances, and so many concerned who offered assistance along with those committed many who helped over the past five years to search for clues in his dad's disappearance. Those who did not have any association with GPSjoe but out of respect would like to be a part of this event, are also welcome to attend.

This now planned Mount Peeley TH visit on Sat-11/14/15 (partial details below to be later revised in more detail a/r) is an opportunity for us as a friends group and for Christian to again say goodbye to further his Domin family closure in an informal way. Also, an informal way for us to personally meet Christian and to share memorable GPSjoe memories with him.

Sat-11/14/15 Logistics and Misc.Thoughts:
.. Meet time: 9:30am
..Meet location for most Vehicle Parking and Vehicle Group Caravan Staging for drive to the Mount Peeley TH:
A short drive up FR201 to the 11/16/10 MCSAR HDQRS- GPSjoe Base Search Location (Please Note: detailed Driving Directions and GPS Route (to download) to this parking/caravan staging location are posted below)
..Group Caravan departs Staging Area for Mount Peeley TH: ~10:00am
..Group Caravan arrives Mount Peeley TH: ~10:30am to 10:45am
..Informal Group at Mount Peeley TH: to ~12:noon (then a/r group caravan drives back to lower FR201 Parking Area)

..Weather at the Mount Peeley TH area (~5600ft elev) in mid-November can be a problem http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=17407 and the last ~1.5 mile drive up FR201 can be iced in some sections.
..If Mother Nature does not cooperate for our Sat-11/14, then we will hold this informal event at the lower FR201 Parking Area for a 10:00am arrival/start.. TBD at a later date.
..The Mount Peeley TH area with limited parking is of course a Tonto National Forest "general public access area". We will need to be considerate of other visitors needed parking and access to this TH area.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:
GPS Route (from Hwy 87 at Mile Post 222.5 Sycamore Creek Exit NW): http://hikearizona.com/map.php?MY=15037&M=6
On Hwy 87 at ~MP222.5 exit NW onto blacktop old FR627 (not signed as such). Proceed NW mostly downhill on this blacktop for exactly 1.20 miles to the start of FR201 (gravel/dirt) a right turn (North) crossing a cattle guard onto FR201; From Hwy 87 it is a total of 3.0 miles to our GPsjoe Event-"Vehicle Parking and Vehicle Group Caravan Staging Location"
(open above linked GPS Driving Route for all key Way Points)

Re: For GPSjoe - 5 yr Anniversary at Mt. Peeley TH: Sat-11/14/15

Posted: Sep 13 2015 10:28 am
by SUN_HIKER
Wouldn't miss it in the world. Brings tears... bitter sweet memories and realization of closure.

Re: For GPSjoe - 5 yr Anniversary at Mt. Peeley TH: Sat-11/14/15

Posted: Sep 13 2015 10:49 am
by Grasshopper

Re: For GPSjoe - 5 yr Anniversary at Mt. Peeley TH

Posted: Nov 06 2015 4:48 pm
by chumley
This is North Peak ... Doll Baby Ranch is in the valley fog below. There is snow down below 6000 feet. It appears the photo was take yesterday morning.

http://www.paysonroundup.com/photos/2015/nov/06/59434/

Re: For GPSjoe - 5 yr Anniversary at Mt. Peeley TH

Posted: Nov 07 2015 6:30 pm
by BEEBEE
I took a drive up to the top of Ord this morning all the north facing areas had about 1 to 2 inches of snow. All the areas exposed to sun were clear. If the weather holds for the week I suspect the road to Peeley will be okay.

Re: For GPSjoe - 5 yr Anniversary at Mt. Peeley TH

Posted: Nov 11 2015 12:00 pm
by Grasshopper
Based on the present NWS Forecast for the Mount Peeley TH Area--> http://hikearizona.com/forecast.php?e=T ... 16YzFPVEl4 , this is to now confirm that we will proceed with Plan A: To meet at the Lower FR201 "Vehicle Parking and Vehicle Group Caravan Staging Location" at 9:30am for 10:am 4WD Vehicle Caravan departure up to the Mount Peeley TH. Based on those presently signed-up to attend, I'm not expecting there to be a lack of capable 4WD vehicles available for our 10AM drive up & ~12:pm drive back down.

This will be the last event update unless for some unexpected reason we will need to change to a Plan B: To meet & hold this informal event at the Lower FR201 "Vehicle Parking and Vehicle Group Caravan Staging Location" at 10:00am.

Thank you all.

Re: For GPSjoe - 5 yr Anniversary at Mt. Peeley TH

Posted: Nov 15 2015 5:55 pm
by SUN_HIKER
So good to see you all and how lucky were we to have such good weather!?
It was more emotional for me than I thought it would be after 5 years. However, hearing Christian explain his closing remarks and how he's dealing with the loss of his beloved father helped me put it in perspective. Thank you Chris!
To this hiking community, you are the best!!! Happy trails

Re: For GPSjoe - 5 yr Anniversary at Mt. Peeley TH

Posted: Nov 15 2015 6:46 pm
by Grasshopper
Memories & lasting friendships forever.
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Re: For GPSjoe - 5 yr Anniversary at Mt. Peeley TH

Posted: Nov 15 2015 7:51 pm
by Trishness
Hank,

Thanks for putting this together so we could all in our own hearts & together as a group bring closure to this sad event from 2010. We honored a respected & well-loved member of our hiking community this past weekend with his son Christian there as well.

Walk on with God's angels Joe & be at peace.