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Missing Hiker -- Sierra National Forest

Postby Mike M. » Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:11 pm

I just returned from a two week hike in the Blackcap Basin area -- I entered and exited from the Maxson trailhead. On the way out, at Post Corral Meadows, I ran into Forest Service personnel who were part of a search-and-rescue operation, looking for a missing hiker. I'm not sure if the S&R personnel I talked to had their facts right, but apparently the hiker was day hiking out of a base camp at Guest Lake. She became separated from her group and has been missing now for almost a week. See here: http://content.sierraclub.org/press-rel ... nal-forest and here: http://abc30.com/news/search-continues- ... st/953707/ for details.

I was surprised to see no mention of this S&R incident on HST. Has the hiker been found?

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Re: Missing Hiker -- Sierra National Forest

Postby maverick » Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:30 pm

I was surprised to see no mention of this S&R incident on HST. Has the hiker been found?


Yes, a member brought this to my attention a few days ago, but thought they were going to post it: http://abc30.com/news/drones-to-be-used ... er/957920/

And no, she has not been found, smoke from the Rough Fire was not allowing the use of helicopters. :(
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Re: Missing Hiker -- Sierra National Forest

Postby Mike M. » Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:44 pm

maverick wrote:
I was surprised to see no mention of this S&R incident on HST. Has the hiker been found?


Yes, a member brought this to my attention a few days ago, but thought they were going to post it: http://abc30.com/news/drones-to-be-used ... er/957920/

And no, she has not been found, smoke from the Rough Fire was not allowing the use of helicopters. :(


Looks like she has been missing now for more than a week. Smoke was an issue during my two-week trip -- usually clear in the mornings (not always) and moderate to bad by day end. Running water was scarce (Post Corral Creek was not flowing when I passed through at the end of my hike).

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Re: Missing Hiker -- Sierra National Forest

Postby maverick » Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:05 pm

I hope she is found, alive, in the mean time, I wonder what responsibility or liability the Sierra Club has, since she was participating in one of their National Outings when she went missing, this according to the Sierra Club Program Safety Manager.
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Re: Missing Hiker -- Sierra National Forest

Postby TehipiteTom » Sat Aug 29, 2015 11:58 am

Good news! This is from someone who is in contact with the Sheriff's Department:
Miyuki was found early Saturday morning by search and rescue, conscious and alert, with a broken leg. She is in a place they can't reach her with a litter from the ground, and will be extracted by a long line and flown out by helicopter sometime today to the hospital in Fresno.
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Re: Missing Hiker -- Sierra National Forest

Postby franklin411 » Sat Aug 29, 2015 12:18 pm

Wow...Great job to the SAR, and great job to the hiker as well for getting through such an ordeal!
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Re: Missing Hiker -- Sierra National Forest

Postby kpeter » Sat Aug 29, 2015 12:49 pm

The press now has the story of Miyuki Hardwood's successful search and rescue.

http://abc30.com/news/hiker-found-alive ... ys/961918/

http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/ ... 42894.html

I found it interesting that a drone was used in the search. She was out there for 9 days, with injuries. This is a rather dramatic story.
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Re: Missing Hiker -- Sierra National Forest

Postby mkbgdns » Sat Aug 29, 2015 1:27 pm

Well done to Ms. Harwood. Surviving for 9 days after a mishap on a day hike means she was well prepared, or very enterprising, or both. Of course, hat's off to SAR. She'd still be out there but for them.
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Re: Missing Hiker -- Sierra National Forest

Postby Mike M. » Sat Aug 29, 2015 6:46 pm

Wow. That is amazingly positive news and an example of an experienced hiker who kept her composure in very dire circumstances. Looking forward to hearing her story.

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Re: Missing Hiker -- Sierra National Forest

Postby rayfound » Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:02 am

Wow! That's fabulous news.
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Re: Missing Hiker -- Sierra National Forest

Postby giantbrookie » Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:24 am

This is good news indeed. When someone is missing this long, the outcome is rarely positive. There was a rather schematic map shown in a Fresno Bee article this morning and this woman was found quite a long way from the group basecamp at Horsehead L. From the graphic it looks like within KCNP which suggests she was on a long solo dayhike to explore the Goddard-Ionian Basin area or something when she got hurt (broken bones apparently).
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Re: Missing Hiker -- Sierra National Forest

Postby SweetSierra » Sun Aug 30, 2015 2:02 pm

giantbrookie, thanks for the mention of the map. I hadn't seen that. Based on SAR's initial report that she was found in steep terrain, I wondered if maybe she had left her small group of day hiking companions at Horsehead Lake, where she was last seen, (the trip's layover day was planned at Guest Lake, according to the write up on the Sierra Club site that I saw a couple of months ago. The week-long trip was to Guest Lake and Bench Canyon area) and decided to hike to the Goddard Canyon area via an off-trail pass. Or perhaps she became disoriented because of the smoke and continued to walk to where she was injured. Regardless, that's a long day hike in steep terrain if your layover spot is Guest Lake. The map does look like she ended up near Martha Lake/Ionian. No wonder rescuers said she was far outside the search area. It's so fortunate she was found and had the strength to survive.

On a layover day on a Sierra Club National Outings trip, you have to sign up with two or more people for day hikes (for safety, the idea is to stay together). You can't sign out to go on a day-long hike alone.
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