Oct 8, 2009 at 3:19 pm #1240045
This plaque is on the JMT just south of Forester Pass. If you are heading south you would walk right by it. We WERE heading south but somehow we noticed it. I really makes you realize how much work and sacrifice has gone into providing the trails we hike!Oct 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm #1534435
Roleigh MartinBPL Member
@marti124Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
Lawrence, I've done this pass twice now and have not noticed the sign. Can you be more specific where it appears? Thanks!Oct 8, 2009 at 6:03 pm #1534456
Mark McLauchlinBPL Member
@markmclauchlinLocale: Western Australia
So young as well,.Oct 8, 2009 at 8:18 pm #1534509
I would not have seen it except my buddy happened to stop there to wait for me and he noticed it. If you were heading north you almost could not miss it even though it is a little off the trail. When heading south the trail actually makes a right turn there away from the plaque I think is is less than a mile from the summit of Forester Pass. Here is a jpeg of the topo for the area. It has to be at one of the right turns as you head south.Oct 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm #1789857
I did the JMT this summer again with two other guys and we specifically looked for Donald I. Down's memorial. It is located at gps coordinates N 36 41.504 and W 118 22.343. Another highlite of the trip was that we got to spend a night at Muir Trail Ranch. We took real hot showers and we laundered every piece of clothing we had. We also shipped ourselves a 12 pack of Newcastle Brown Ale in our resupplies which we enjoyed in their deluxe hot springs after an incredible dinner at the ranch! We actually gave three of these away (we're not complete lushes!)Oct 17, 2011 at 10:09 am #1791583
Andy DuncanBPL Member
I'm a little late joining this post. . . I was just there a few weeks ago and I remember thinking the trail just south of Forester was amazing, blasted right into the side of an incredibly steep cliff. After the third or fourth switchback for some reason I looked left and saw that plaque just before the trail turned right down the next section. I can see how that cliff would be unforgiving. I didn't take a picture of the plaque, but here's one just before and one after that section:Oct 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm #1792817
David CarbienerBPL Member
@hikingdaveLocale: Northern California
I've hiked the JMT two times and spotted Donald I. Downs memorial both times. Here is another perspective looking at the memorial with the Forester "shute" in the back ground. My guess is that it is located around 1/4 – 1/2 mile from the pass heading south.Oct 24, 2011 at 12:09 pm #1794368
Steven McAllisterBPL Member
@brooklynkayakLocale: South West US
For those that don't know the history. I may not have it quite right, but it seems that him and a few other trail workers were injured when a landslide was caused by the blasting they were doing to clear a path for the trail.
Because of the remoteness and the fact that most of the men were injured, it took them days to get the injured to a doctor. All survived but Donald who after several days succumbed to the multiple injuries, including having to have his arm amputated to stop the spread of infection.
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