Resuming The Search For Larry 7/30 - 8/4

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Resuming The Search For Larry 7/30 - 8/4

Postby maverick on Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:44 pm

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
or e-mail me at pagoston@prioryca.org

Below is a form that I would like anyone who is interested in volunteering to
answer and send to me via PM or e-mail.
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
possible.
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.

Experience 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
Campground area?
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.
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Cardinal Lake / Split Mtn

Postby maverick on Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:27 pm

Looking for any beta you may have on the Cardinal Lake area. Main area's of
interest is the ridge between Cardinal Lake and the small lake on the other
side of the ridge(south). Has any one used this pass before? Also any beta
including photo's of the terrain and lakes northwest, between Cardinal Lake
and the JMT, also including lakes west of Split on the western side of the spur
ridge, not Lake 11975. Anyone climb the West Face route up Split, ascent or
descent? Or stayed at Lake 11975 and may have taken photo's of the West
Face of Split?
Please no Google Earth shots, or hearsay. Jpg file via PM please so details will be
more legible/larger or link to photo site. Thanks.

Info sent so far: 3
Updated 3/15/13
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Re: Resuming The Search For Larry 7/30 - 8/4

Postby norcalhiker on Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:41 am

PM sent about possibly joining in.
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Involvement

Postby maverick on Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:22 pm

Fellow Volunteers Searchers and Members,

First, thanks Norcalhiker and the other members and non-members who have
volunteered to help in the search since this post.
Second, those of you who have come on board, those who have made a soft
commitment, or those who cannot participate in the ground effort but would
like to help in some way I would request that you get involved in the planning/
recruiting process by researching the web, posting on other Sierra backpacking
sites or asking backpacking friends/acquaintances for possible photo's to the
area's in question that is and will be posted in the next following weeks/months.
This information is important to the success of this recovery effort.
Also getting in touch with moderators of other Sierra related sites, Sierra outdoor
stores/boards, to post our volunteer search effort with the link to this page included.
Please post here (in this thread) what site, store, board, or community organization
that you plan to contact or have contacted with date/contact person included so we
do not contact the same person/place more than once.
Every tidbit of information you research, every effort you make in contacting others
makes a huge difference and is highly appreciated!

Thanks,
Peter

PS The PCTA through Norcalhiker has been contacted and asked to post the search
effort related info and requested to ask thruhikers to keep a watchful eye open
for any evidence between Cardinal Mtn and Upper Basin.
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Reassurance

Postby maverick on Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:05 am

A few folks volunteering voiced their concern about being able to keep up or
covering long distances quickly. This mission is not about speed but about
covering assigned sections thoroughly, speed and/or covering ground quickly
is not a concern or goal here.
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Re: Resuming The Search For Larry 7/30 - 8/4

Postby balzaccom on Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:04 am

I posted this on our blog...and on about six other hiking websites
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Re: Resuming The Search For Larry 7/30 - 8/4

Postby maverick on Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:17 am

Hi Balzaccom,

First, thank you very much for taking the time to do this.
Second, could I ask you to please add a list of the websites to your post to
avoid cross posting.
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Re: Resuming The Search For Larry 7/30 - 8/4

Postby balzaccom on Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:23 pm

Yosemite News and Discussion
Backpacking.net
Yosemite Forum
Practical Backpacking
Trailspace

And our blog. I think that's it.
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Re: Resuming The Search For Larry 7/30 - 8/4

Postby sparky on Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:14 pm

anyone posted to supertopo yet?
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Re: Resuming The Search For Larry 7/30 - 8/4

Postby Tollermom on Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:15 am

Cross posted to TrailGroove magazine.
http://www.trailgroove.com/forum.php
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Re: Resuming The Search For Larry 7/30 - 8/4

Postby maverick on Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:54 am

Go ahead Sparky no one has indicated it being list yet. Thank you Tollerman.
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Re: Resuming The Search For Larry 7/30 - 8/4

Postby sparky on Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:14 pm

One thing I thought of.....IF we end up getting a good turnout, is there any way Inyo will let us slide on the daily quota?
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