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Missing Hiker - SEKI - Gardiner Basin

Postby schmalz » Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:43 pm




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Re: Missing Hiker - SEKI - Gardiner Basin

Postby oleander » Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:53 pm

I wonder if he was planning to go to Gardiner Pass from below (bushwacking straight up Charlotte Creek from Bubbs Creek); or from above (from Charlotte Lake)?
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Re: Missing Hiker - SEKI - Gardiner Basin 8/10-8/17

Postby maverick » Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:00 pm

Are they sure about the itinerary, exiting Gardiner Creek to Woods Creek, that
route is not easy, lots of downed trees and bush.
How old is that picture? He is 46 now. Big beard?
Cameron, this was during the time you were in the area, see anything?

MISSING HIKER: Gregory Muck 8/10-8/17

HEIGHT: 6 ft.

HAIR: Blond

WEIGHT: 160 to 170 lbs

EYES: Brown

AGE: 46 years old

RACE: White

INTENDED ITINERARY: Kings Canyon National Park
Traveling from Roads End in Cedar Grove to Gardiner Basin via Gardiner Pass.
After several days, out Gardiner Creek to Woods Creek to Roads End in Cedar Grove.

IDENTIFYING FEATURES:
Big beard, bright blue shirt, green wool pants, black boots, and blue bandana. Red
internal frame pack and blue tarp or possible orange tent. Will have fishing gear.

Call Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks at 559-565-3118, OR 888-677-2746
with your name, contact info, and additional details.
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Re: Missing Hiker - SEKI - Gardiner Basin

Postby maverick » Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:07 pm

Supertopo, Rock Creek, Yosemite, Mammoth Forums have been notified, Whitney
Zone already posted.
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Re: Missing Hiker - SEKI - Gardiner Basin

Postby maverick » Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:26 pm

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Re: Missing Hiker - SEKI - Gardiner Basin

Postby cgundersen » Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:51 pm

Hi Mav/Brian/Oleander et al.,
Absolutely, we were right in the cross hairs of where he was headed. However, aside from a trio that jammed up and over 60 Lakes col on Sunday evening while we were camped at the west end of the uppermost big lake (in view of the col), we did not see or hear another person in the basin over the next 3 days. However, as I noted in another post, we did NOT manage to get into the gorgeous and pristine appearing central valley below Gardiner peak. I scrambled to the ridge between that valley and the branch we were in (the branch that leads to Gardiner Pass) and spent a fair amount of time scanning each lakeshore with binoculars. This was Wednesday evening (the 13th) and I saw nothing down there. I certainly would have seen a brightly colored tarp/tent. However, as we were ascending Gardiner Pass from the north, I was pretty confident that there were relatively fresh tracks going down. Even if the trio we'd seen Sunday had come in that way, the HUGE rain we got starting early Monday morning would have obliterated any signs of footprints. Thus, it's fair to assume that what I saw could have been his steps. It all depends how fast he got to the pass relative to when the rains hit. Sunday (the 10th) was a pretty nice day up there and if he left early, he might have even gotten over Gardiner Pass before the deluge started early Monday morning. If not, I really doubt he would have gone anywhere till Tuesday morning, because it was 30h of intense wind, rain, hail and lightning.

One other tidbit, as we were looking for the Gardiner use trail mid-morning on the 14th, there was a climber's camp on the southern flanks of Gardiner. We noticed the location, because they had hung a blue stuff sack. If anyone filed a recent report of a Gardiner climb, they might have useful info. We saw the camp, but there was no one around (and, we'd have been grateful for route suggestions, but had to fend for ourselves).

Sorry not to be more help.
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Re: Missing Hiker - SEKI - Gardiner Basin

Postby maverick » Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:04 pm

Cameron,

This may be of use to SAR, even the weather conditions at that time could be of
use in determining a time line. Would recommend that you pass this info on
to the numbers listed above. Thanks
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Re: Missing Hiker - SEKI - Gardiner Basin

Postby maverick » Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:13 pm

Updated flyer with up to date photo: http://www.nps.gov/seki/parknews/upload ... pdated.pdf
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Missing Hiker in Kings Canyon National Park--Gregory Muck

Postby SEKI Public Affairs » Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:42 pm

Have you seen this missing hiker--or were you traveling in Kings Canyon National Park near Roads End in Cedar Grove, Gardiner Basin, or Gardiner Pass from August 10-17?

http://www.nps.gov/seki/parknews/upload/FINAL-Missing-Person-Flyer-MUCK-updated.pdf

Thanks, in advance, for your help!
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Re: Missing Hiker - SEKI - Gardiner Basin

Postby maverick » Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:52 pm

Read above, had one member out in Gardiner at the time.
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Re: Missing Hiker - SEKI - Gardiner Basin

Postby maverick » Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:08 pm

Cameron,

Your information has been forwarded to SAR. Let's hope this turns out positive.
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Re: Missing Hiker - SEKI - Gardiner Basin

Postby maverick » Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:10 pm

Anyone else who has hiked through this area with any pertinent information
please write it up in this thread, it will be relayed to SAR.
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