I headed up to the Shepherd Pass area on Friday with a couple of friends. We were hoping to summit both Williamson and Tyndall the following days but we were greeted by high winds. So we decided to camp just below the pass Friday night and just above the Pothole area to avoid the perhaps even windier area above the Pass. That night the winds continued though and we decided to not try and go up the Pass on Saturday. Instead, we headed up to Mt. Keith on Saturday as a conditions check. We were successful with our Mt. Keith summit and figured that we would give Tyndall or Willy a go on Sunday. But that night the winds increased in strength and intensity. So much so that my Black Diamond Eldorado expedition tent got ripped from the ground and launched several hundred feet in the air by a huge gust of wind. Along with a bunch of gear inside the tent that was lost as well. A few items were retrieved but we were unable to locate some key items.
1 - Mountain Hardwear 0 degree Phantom Sleeping Bag
1 - Neo Air Mat (by Thermarest)
1 - Black closed cell foam mat (brand unknown)
1 - Lowa Mountain Expert GTX boot (red in color and for the right foot)
1 - Beige OR Hat
There were a couple of other smaller items like a stuff sack and socks etc. but not worth mentioning.
So, if anyone happens to be up in the Shepherd Pass area in the coming weeks (months) and comes across any of these items please let me know. We were able to retrieve some stuff and it was all found just above the Pothole area. We're figuring that the tent debris, sleeping bag and mats are much further down the gully as the debris was seen several hundred feet in the air and traveling at a very fast rate down the gully.