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"Queen Creek-San Tan Mtns" Hiking Fatality on 1/21/08

Posted: Jan 27 2008 3:01 pm
by Grasshopper
As some of you may have heard, Lyman Scott from Queen Creek,AZ, died this past Mon-1/21/08 while hiking near his home in San Tan Regional Park. Lyman was a friend, an active member of AOTC, and a fun guy with a great sense of humor.. He will be missed by all who knew him. His wife Sheila, who wrote the below BIO, has given permission for me to publish:

"Lyman H Scott

As many of you know Lyman Scott passed away January 21,2008. Lyman joined AOTC in the year 2000 and became an active member of the organization as both a hiker and a member of the Board of Directors.. Hiking was a passion for Lyman and he greatly valued the friendships he has made at AOTC, it was a big part of his life.

Lyman went hiking off trail in the San Tan Mountains Regional Park in Queen Creek. His goal was to hike all the peaks in the San Tan Mountain Park, near his home. He set out to hike "Rock Peak" and never returned from his outing. Sheila called the sheriffs department who than went out to the park and discovered his car was still there. Mountain search and rescue was deployed and late in the afternoon of January 23, 2008, a helicopter discovered his body. Lyman had fallen about 200 feet. Mountain rescue went in and discovered he was deceased and recovered the body later that evening. The investigator went back to the hiking site the next 2 following days. He reported to Sheila it was a very steep, narrow, rocky trail and would not recommend anyone go up there. From what he found he believes Lyman made it to the summit of the mountain. The investigator, himself, did not summit as he thought it was to dangerous.

There will be 2 memorial services - One in Montana and one in Arizona. Lyman's last wish was to be cremated, and for his 2 sons to scatter his ashes over the Great Continental Divide in Montana. These wishes will be carried out on June 10, Lyman’s 62 birthday. The memorial service in Arizona will be towards the end of February, as his family in Montana will be here at that time. The date will be announced at a later time."

Re: "Queen Creek-San Tan Mtns" Hiking Fatality on 1/21/08

Posted: Jan 27 2008 3:07 pm
by joebartels
Sorry to hear, my thoughts go out to his family.

Re: "Queen Creek-San Tan Mtns" Hiking Fatality on 1/21/08

Posted: Jan 28 2008 5:09 am
by Vaporman
That's very unfortunate... Which peak in the San Tans has a 200ft drop? I played around the San Tans awhile back, but don't remember anything too treacherous...

Re: "Queen Creek-San Tan Mtns" Hiking Fatality on 1/21/08

Posted: Jan 28 2008 7:28 am
by Hoffmaster
Vaporman wrote:That's very unfortunate... Which peak in the San Tans has a 200ft drop? I played around the San Tans awhile back, but don't remember anything too treacherous...
You'd be surprised to know then, that there is some multi-pitch climbing in the San Tans. I have never climbed there, but I know some people that know the area quite well. I will be moving to the dreaded Johnson Ranch in a few months, so I'll probably explore the area extensively.

Hank, sorry to hear about your friend. My condolences.

Re: "Queen Creek-San Tan Mtns" Hiking Fatality on 1/21/08

Posted: Jan 28 2008 8:20 am
by PaleoRob
My condolences as well. What is AOTC?

Re: "Queen Creek-San Tan Mtns" Hiking Fatality on 1/21/08

Posted: Jan 28 2008 8:41 am
by davidanthonyporter
So sorry to hear of this tragic loss. Please give our thoughts and prayers to the family.

Re: "Queen Creek-San Tan Mtns" Hiking Fatality on 1/21/08

Posted: Jan 28 2008 8:46 am
by Grasshopper
Vaporman wrote:Which peak in the San Tans has a 200ft drop?
ROCK PEAK in the San Tan's is the peak where he took the 200' fatal fall.

Rob- AOTC stands for "Arizona Outdoor Travel Club".. a very active PHX area, non-profit, hiking club since 1983

Hank

Re: "Queen Creek-San Tan Mtns" Hiking Fatality on 1/21/08

Posted: Jan 28 2008 4:06 pm
by Vaporman
You'd be surprised to know then, that there is some multi-pitch climbing in the San Tans. I have never climbed there, but I know some people that know the area quite well. I will be moving to the dreaded Johnson Ranch in a few months, so I'll probably explore the area extensively.
There is...sweet! Probably not sport though. I only lead moderate sport routes so far... :? I'll have to look more into it.

Re: "Queen Creek-San Tan Mtns" Hiking Fatality on 1/21/08

Posted: Mar 15 2014 5:57 pm
by IrvFerguson
Very sorry to hear about that. Irv.