Fellow HST Members & Non Members,
Would like to find out if any of you would be interested in joining our search for
our fellow member, mountain brother, friend, and father who disappeared
last October while out on a 4 day trip into the Taboose Pass region.
There are several HST members and some of Larry's friends from SoCal who
have already signed up to take part in this search.
Would like to now open this up to all forum members so everyone has the
opportunity to volunteer in this collective effort. Many had family, work,
or other obligations that made it impossible for them to participate at the time.
Some voiced that they did not have the experience or the conditions were to
extreme/dangerous for them to volunteer at that time. If you have any questions
please PM me.
Below is a form that I would like anyone who is interested in volunteering to
answer and send to me via PM.
Those of you who have already come on board or have voiced interest from HST
would like you to please answer the questions too since there are some that were
not asked initially and we do need this information.
Periodically there will be updates, especially as we get some feedback from SEKI
in the next few months. Also several request will be made in regards to info about
routes, peaks, and possible photos of certain sections that are high on the probability
list. Please refrain from adding any conjecture or theories to this thread, we are
trying to base our search on as much factual, real life, first hand experiences/info as
Would like to thank those who have already come on board, those who may consider
coming with us, and any pertinent information you may be able to supply down the line!
Information Requested From Volunteers:
Our search will be concentrating on the Taboose Corridor, and from south of Mather
Pass to the Pinchot Pass region.
The distances and areas that can be covered are dependent on the volunteer
turn out. The more people we have the more areas that we can cover thoroughly
and especially safely. If turnout is lower than expected we shall cover the
areas of highest probability according to info gathered from various sources.
Would like to qualify all potential hikers (searchers) so we can get an understanding
of your levels of experience and that you can be placed onto a team accordingly and
then be assigned to areas using these perimeters.
No one will be asked to do anything outside of their comfort levels.
Level 1: Backpackers with no cross-country/off-trail experience
Level 2: Backpacker with some cross-country/off-trail experience (class 2)
Level 3: Backpacker with lots of cross-country/off-trail experience (class 2-3)
peak bagging, and very strong navigational skills
If you have backpacked through this area and are familiar with it please indicate this
when sending in your information. Is it okay to contact you in this regard?
Please indicate how many days that you would be able to participate.
Equipment: Do you have a Spot, SatPhone, GPS, or Walkie Talkie? Are you
well versed with a GPS?
Transportation: Do you drive a SUV or pick up truck, if yes, would you be
willing to drive fellow backpackers to the trail head from the Taboose Creek
The road to the trail head is a light four-wheel drive road which is best not
attempted by a 2 wheel drive passenger vehicle that has a low clearance level
also the trail head has a limited amount of parking spaces available.
We understand that some folks may not be able to start Tuesday, but may be
able to join in on Wednesday or Thursday and that is fine, if you can only search
for 2-3 days please do not disqualify yourself, anything you have to contribute is
happily excepted. Saturday afternoon will be our memorial/celebration of Larry’s
life, Sunday will be our day to hike out.
Hopefully with a united effort we can get closure for Claus and his son Alexander.