Steve Frazier was working in a bar and restaurant at June Lake in the Eastern Sierras when he received an emergency call. He also gave ski lessons and was on the Mono County Search and Rescue Team. But this call was not to find a person, but a camera.
“We found a lot of lost kids and would go into the back country and find hikers who had fallen and been hurt,” Frazier said. But the search for the camera was one to remember, especially because it involved actor Clint Eastwood.
When Eastwood filmed “High Plains Drifter” at Mono Lake, Eastwood and his crews would frequent the restaurant where Frazier was working, and Frazier got to know the movie star quite well. Later, near Yosemite, Eastwood was using the beauty of the Sierras to film a sequence for “The Eiger Sanction.”
After filming, the crew was headed back down the mountain when a mule, loaded down with cameras and fresh reels of film took off. By the time the crew found the animal, all the gear had been lost somewhere over rough terrain. Eastwood called Frazier and he organized the search and rescue team. In the end they found the camera, the film and the mule...