Get Clay Rubano home!

OK, this is an odd log. I need everyone that may read this blog today, to wish, to will, to hope, and yes, to pray, that Clay Rubano comes home now and safely.

Clay is one of my best friends. Clay was at my wedding. Clay always shows up one your doorstep when you need him most. And now, Clay is missing.

Here's what we know.

He has been missing since Saturday, Nov 10 after heading out for a day hike near his home in Lander, Wyoming. His wife was still in Montana at the time, finishing up her seasonal work in Glacier National Park. She arrived in Lander on Tuesday evening and has been involved with the search effort.

There are many unknowns, but the facts are these, as we know them, as of this writing. On Monday Nov 12, Clay failed to show up for work. A co-worker recalled that Clay was planning on hiking up the Middle Fork Trail in Sinks Canyon (Lander, WY). His car was confirmed to be at this trailhead on Saturday night, so we know he started hiking at some point on Saturday. From an inventory of his gear and information from his wife, we are quite certain that this was intended to be a day hike.

The search effort has been extensive and continues in full-force today. After Clay was confirmed to be missing on Monday afternoon, a small Search and Rescue (SAR) team headed out into the mountains for a hasty search of the trail and surrounding areas – this revealed no clues as to his whereabouts. On Tuesday, approximately 60 people searched 70 miles of trail and some off trail areas. On Wednesday, over 100 people, a couple dogs and helicopter searched a wider perimeter, including extensive scouting of the river, Sinks Canyon, and mountains surrounding the trail. The same was true on Thursday with the addition of more dog teams. Today, 60 searchers, 5 dog teams and 3 helicopters are working the search area, one of the helicopters has infrared scanning ability. So far, we have found few clues and thus we continue to rule out areas, expand the search perimeter and fill in any gaps of previous days. C

Lander is home to the National Outdoor Leadership School, which has provided considerable help with the search for Clay– providing able hikers, other resources and technical expertise. We also have a local SAR team and have been supported by a number of Wyoming SAR teams and Homeland Security. Lander has a very active and strong outdoor community and involvement with the search has been extensive.

Temperatures have been in the 40’s – low 60’s and sunny during the day w/a couple of windy days; the past 3 nights it has hovered close to freezing. The forecast calls for the same this weekend with a possible storm coming in on Monday.

Please remain optimistic and hopeful. As most of us know, Clay is a capable, level-headed and experienced outdoorsman. He travels well-prepared and is not known for taking unnecessary risks in the outdoors. Please send your best energy and prayers for Clay’s safety. As Clay would say “keep the candles burning….”

So, there's the scoop. Please keep the "faith", and let's get this gentle, kind, smart, silly, one-of-a-kind-friend home.