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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby Shawn » Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:03 am

Outstanding work by the SAR teams.



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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:46 am

Great news. =D>
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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby giantbrookie » Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:32 am

Yes this is great news and another great job by the SAR folks.
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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby Jimr » Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:56 am

I wonder just what type of details his family had regarding his plans other than trailhead and planned destination.

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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby texan » Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:10 am

Awesome news :D

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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby giantbrookie » Sat Jul 12, 2014 11:41 am

Jimr wrote:I wonder just what type of details his family had regarding his plans other than trailhead and planned destination.

I'm appreciating the reconn form even more now.

A story just ran on this in the Fresno Bee. Apparently they had little to go on other than the objective (Mt Goddard), the duration of the trip, and the trailhead. For that reason the initial search area was very broad, but the early (in the search) check of the Goddard summit register and finding of his signature surely narrowed things quite a bit. If I read the story correctly, he was descending Goddard after summiting, then had a foothold give way or talus shift on him and, during the fall, a large rock hit and broke his leg (compound fracture). According to his account, the resultant rockfall was a really large one with a lot of stuff coming down and he ended up sliding down snow for some distance, apparently as a part of an effort to escape the barrage. He then crawled to the shore of Davis Lake. The description, and his ending up at Davis Lake, suggests he was descending the standard Starr route on Goddard or something close to it.
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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby Jimr » Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:40 pm

I suspected they had only the elementary information. Wow, he must have spent 5 or so days with that fracture. Must have been excruciatingly painful. Good thing he was able to crawl to a water source. Wonder if he used the lake to ice down his leg and help numb the pain a bit.
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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby SweetSierra » Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:45 pm

As referenced above, the Bee's story:

Clovis hiker's harrowing ordeal in high Sierra told

http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/07/11/402 ... 217/&ihp=1
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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby kpeter » Sat Jul 12, 2014 2:15 pm

What a story of human perseverance. And best wishes to Gregory and the Hein family as they start what could be a difficult rehab.

What stunning good fortune that the search and rescue landed 50 feet from him even though they had not spotted him--by pure chance. I'm still trying to fathom that. Wow.
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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby oldranger » Sat Jul 12, 2014 4:15 pm

One of the times a spot locator or similar device would have been helpful.

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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby SweetSierra » Sat Jul 12, 2014 4:36 pm

It's amazing that he had the strength to preserver after the fall. And that shock didn't set in. I don't know how much control a person has over shock. But he kept his head and calmed himself even with all of that pain. So glad for a good outcome.
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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby texan » Sat Jul 12, 2014 4:51 pm

oldranger wrote:One of the times a spot locator or similar device would have been helpful.

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You are right old ranger he should have had a spot locator. I could have used a long time when I hurt my knee hking alone but they weren't available then. I hurt my knee so bad I could hardly walk. but luckily I made it out barely.

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