[at-l] Wiley

Walt Daniels wdlists at gmail.com
Tue Aug 16 14:42:18 CDT 2011

I don't have the whole story on the caretaker so will not comment. But he
was let go and he did commit suicide. There were other issues than just too
much junk in the shelter.

On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 2:53 PM, RockDancer <rockdancer97 at comcast.net>wrote:

> Hi Walt,
> Thanks for the info re:Wiley cistern. I was last there in 2000 and stayed
> the night at the shelter. Since it was a winter's day I got to read the
> trail register and was surprised to see, over & over, "date, name of shelter
> caretaker, message" where the message was something like "everything looks
> good". This went on for many lines,and it was apparent the caretaker was
> visiting nearly every day, even outside of regular hiker season. The place
> was also piled with neatly bound packages of newspaper - a nice supply for
> the hikers who want a fire  - but so much paper I wondered how long the
> shelter would burn if it ever caught.
> A rumor came to me a few years later, perhaps you can squelch if it's not
> true. That is - the caretaker was eventually released from taking care of
> Wiley, and that he committed suicide shortly after. The infered message was
> that the shelter gave him something to do, and now that he couldn't do it,
> he couldn't adjust. Any truth? Or maybe you have the whole story?
> RockDancer (Arthur Gaudet)
> Rockdancer97 at comcast.net
> "The chalice from the palace has the brew that is true."
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