Hiker finds 40 year old note on the top of a mountain
13 year old Tim Taylor was a Boy Scout hiking to the peak of an unknown Sierra Nevada mountain in 1972. At the top of the mountain, he put a note in a metal canister which said, “Tim Taylor climbed to this peak, Thursday, August 17, 1972, age 13 years. Anyone finding this note please write to: Tim Taylor, 1333 Padres Trail, La Cañada, California, 91011, U.S.A.” As he leaves the note and hikes back down, he is unsure of whether anyone will ever find the note.
40 years later, a 69-year year old Oakland resident named Larry Wright, his son, Aaron, and his 14-year old grandson, Skyler, were on an 11-day-hike with a large group of people. As Martin explained, “We climbed this peak in order to see a lake, but there was this hump below us which blocked our view. So we decided to go down a few feet to see the lake and that’s when I saw, completely by chance, a rusty canister.”
Wright contacted the current owner of that house, Koichi Uyemura. Uyemura said that Taylor had lived in that home previously and he figured that there were two or three owners between the Taylors and them.
Cindy Wright, who helped her husband find Tim Taylor, told ABC News “I tried to find Tim Taylor on Google, and I contacted the local newspaper, thinking they might be interested in spreading the word about the note and its writer.”
Eventually Tim Taylor, now a San Diego Superior Court judge, was found. Taylor explained, “One of my dad’s old cronies called me Saturday, and he says, ‘You’re not going to believe this, but you’re on the front page of the newspaper,’”.
Taylor and Wright discussed their journeys on the mountain. Taylor remembers returning to the main camp, catching grasshoppers and using them as bait for trout. Larry said that he has hiked on the mountain almost six times. Since that peak is still unnamed, Taylor had an idea- “Maybe we can name it Taylor-WrightPeak- after the first two people to climb it.”