Teacher Vanishes During Wilderness Hike
Philadelphia's Matthew Greene has been missing since July
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 24, 2013 11:44 AM CDT
Matthew Greene in a family photo. He's been missing since he went on a hiking trip in July.   ((AP Photo/Courtesy of Family))

(Newser) – When the fall term begins at Nazareth Area High School on Monday, one teacher will be conspicuous by his absence. Matthew Greene, a popular math teacher at the school 65 miles north of Philadelphia, vanished while on a backpacking trip in California last month. Police say Greene was there to hike and climb the Eastern Sierra, a region that features extremely steep and rugged terrain, with many peaks soaring to 12,000 and 13,000 feet. His disappearance has baffled friends and family who call Greene a highly experienced, cautious outdoorsman.

Greene, 39, had arrived in late June to hike and climb with friends. But when his Subaru blew a head gasket, they went on with their trip while he stayed behind at a campground in Mammoth Lakes, 260 miles east of San Francisco, to wait for repairs. The last time anybody heard from him was July 16, when he chatted with his parents back in Pennsylvania, called the repair shop, and traded texts with a friend. Some of his gear was discovered to be missing, and several pages were torn out of his guidebook, leading to speculation that he might have headed in that direction for a hike. Scores of searches have turned up nothing, however. "We kind of have realistic expectations," says his sister. "We may never get answers as to the how and the what. But we will settle for anything we can get to just bring him home and get some closure on it."

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Aug 26, 2013 8:05 PM CDT
This is a headline seeker for sure. Just like with school shootings, we need to start a media blackout of the events. how about that school shooter last week who called a tv station and said, "I'm at a school, shooting up the place, can you put me on tv live so I can become famous like those other great guys." No, the answer to these things is for us to never know it happened. These "adventurers" always have their day in the limelight like its well planned. I say that because I've made hundreds of trips in deep wilderness with nothing but topo maps, a Silva compass, and freeze dried provisions. A couple years ago I started carrying a SPOT device just for backup. If there is ever a time where I do get helplessly lost, I can press a button and they will send out someone to check on me. They will even send a message like "Mike, we know where you are, just walk straight east and you will be near a ranger station." That sure beats past trips where I did get turned around and had to do some extensive triangulation of my location. I used to carry around a first generation GPS receiver. It had no map readout, just coordinates. I liked its logging feature because there were times I found a hidden waterfall or spring and wanted to return to that exact spot some day. So, I still take that unit out for that purpose.
Aug 26, 2013 10:22 AM CDT
Who the f*** would hike dangerous, unfamiliar terrain alone? Who the heck would leave their friend to do this, as opposed to holding up for a day or so while his car got repaired? His friends should be ashamed.
Aug 25, 2013 3:26 PM CDT
Well, based on the word Nazareth, i'll assume that he's coming back better than ever.