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

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Larry Found by Sierra Madre SAR

Post by maverick » Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:26 pm

Fellow Members and Non Members,

Wanted to be able to give more info and not post with a lot of
open questions still remaining, but it was brought to my attention
today, by another forum member, that the Inyo County Sheriff had
released some info about the investigation to a newspaper which
we were not expecting yet.
Larry’s remains were found just east of Taboose on the weekend
of 6/15-16. His tent was outside of his backpack, possibly set
up? His backpack was near by, both pieces of equipment were torn
open. His iphone was found and may contained photos of the snowstorm.
Some of his remains were also found that was sent off for dna testing.
The iphone has not yet been release so we have not been able to
see any photos, it will hopefully shed some light on what Larry
was experiencing on his last day. We have not been informed about
whether his sleeping bag was still in the backpack or not, which
would shed some light on possible scenarios that may have transpired.
So far it points towards Larry climbing up Taboose Pass during the
storm (this is where the photos would help), set up camp once over
and slightly down trail from the top of the pass to avoid the wind,
then set up his tent and suffered some fatal medical conditions.

Big Thanks:

To all the people from HST, other forums, and to Larry’s friends
who volunteered to participate in the search effort, and to all the
folks behind the scenes that helped with contact names, ideas, and

To all the HST members and Non Members who could not participate
in person but were ready to volunteer their time in other ways for example
by donating equipment, food, and even money.

To Claus who put up with me for months with the constant questions,
requests to search computer files, look for receipts, and all the other
questions to build a profile.

To all the SAR folks from several counties that shared their stories,
gave us ideas & help, and a lot of encouragement.

To SEKI, Inyo, and Sierra Madre SAR for their resolve and commitment
to get closure for the family.

To Eric for allowing this thread to exist, and using his forum to get the
word out.

Will now unlock this thread so everyone can contribute their thoughts.
Would ask that you please be sensitive and respectful in your comments,
family members will be chiming in and reading this thread and everyone posts.

Finally to all the folks who got permits please cancel them and get your


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

Post by Jimr » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:17 pm

I find it hard to choke back the tears.

Mav, your fortitude is surpassed only by your heart.
“Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.”

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

Post by BrianF » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:31 pm

Yes, thanks to all the above and also a huge thanks and respect for Maverick who has been unflagging in his determination to coordinate efforts to bring some closure to friends and family. I know it has been a tremendous amount of work on his part.
I know we all would like more detailed info to be able to understand the scenario Larry was in and learn from it
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Re: Resuming The Search For Larry 7/30 - 8/4

Post by orbitor » Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:04 pm

There are no adequate words to express the gratitude. Thank you maverick for your commitment, effort and determination. Thank you also to all involved. This has been a difficult time for the entire community and especially for Larry's loved ones, but mercifully closure is near. We will not forget you, Larry.
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Re: Resuming The Search For Larry 7/30 - 8/4

Post by austex » Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:14 pm

Two weeks ago I passed Taboose on the way to Mammoth and thoughts went out for Larry. Now every time I pass it there will be thoughts of Larry. Thoughts and prayers to his family and close at hand friends. Thanks Mav for all your efforts.

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Post by schmalz » Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:23 pm

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

Post by eee333 » Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:14 pm

This forum, and the members who keep it running and on the mark, have been incredible throughout the time since Larry went missing. I can't tell you what a source of comfort and inspiration you have been. Maverick, you know how I feel about your efforts. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. All of the SARS folks and the many official agencies have been great, too, to be sure. But this community has been especially meaningful to me, especially because Larry was such an active member in it. I've learned so much from your dedication to him.

Visiting this site helps me remember Larry--his passion for and knowledge of the Sierras, his smarts and humor and his great way with words, his sense of adventure, his loyalty and honesty, his friendship. I miss him. Always will.

HST, thank you.

(Claus, I'll be in touch. Please tell Larry's family they are in my thoughts.)

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

Post by atreehugger » Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:41 pm

Rest in Peace, Larry.
May your spirit forever soar over the Sierra.

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

Post by Baffman » Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:01 pm

I am incredibly happy that he is found and still very saddened that he has passed. There has got to be some peace in knowing that he passed doing what he loved. May you forever rest in peace Larry in your Sierra Nevada heaven, of life and in death.

Even though you don't know me, I offer my condolences to his family and friends.

Maverick, you have a good heart and I admire you for all you have done here.


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

Post by sparky » Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:04 pm

eee, and to all of Larry's family I wish you peace and love. RIP Larry
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