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Missing Hiker -- Sierra National Forest

Postby Mike M. » Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:11 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 5:30 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 5:44 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 6:05 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 10:58 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 11:18 am

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 11:49 am

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 12:27 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 5:46 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 6:02 am

Wow! That's fabulous news.
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