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Official INYO-SEKI SAR / Overdue Hiker Search in Progress

Postby Shawn » Tue Oct 18, 2016 4:51 pm

From Inyo SAR FB Page:

"We are asking for the public’s assistance –
Inyo Sheriff's Dispatch was notified on Monday October 17th at approximately 6:00pm that hiker Robert “Bob” Woodie, a 74-year old man from Manhattan Beach, CA had not returned from a four-day backpack. According to the reporting party Mr. Woodie began hiking on Thursday October 13th out of South Lake over Bishop Pass to Dusy Basin and potentially Barrett Lakes; he was due out on Sunday. If you have any information that may assist in this search please contact Inyo Sheriff at 760-878-0383.
*Agencies assisting: Inyo SAR, Inyo SO, SEKI, CHP"

https://www.facebook.com/InyoCountySher ... NE&fref=nf



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Re: INYO SAR / Overdue Hiker

Postby maverick » Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:48 pm

Photo of Robert:
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Re: INYO SAR / Overdue Hiker Search in Progress

Postby maverick » Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:24 pm

Whitney Zone - SEKI Alerted
Whitney Portal - SEKI Alerted
Summitpost
Yosemite News
Rock Creek
Mountain Project
Yosemite Forum
Eastern Sierra Forum (Mammoth)
Supertopo

These 7 other forums have been notified and linked back to this page, if you have a facebook account notify Sierra Club Chapters, please.

If you were out during or right after the storm in the South Lake>Bishop Pass>Dusy Basin>Barrett Lakes areas, and have any pictures or conditions update from the time Richard was out, please post them in this thread.
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Re: INYO SAR / Overdue Hiker Search in Progress

Postby SEKI Public Affairs » Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:39 pm

Thank you for your assistance, maverick!
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Re: INYO SAR / Overdue Hiker Search in Progress

Postby maverick » Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:30 am

We are trying to assess the weather/trail conditions in the area from 10/13-10/16, contacting Parchers Resort to see if they can shed some light on this. If you were in the area or even North or South of the Bishop area and have any first hand info on the weather conditions on the above dates, please chime in.

Contacting SEKI and Inyo to get additional info about Roberts expereince and abilities so those of us who are familiar with this area can chime in on possible location he may be found.
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Re: INYO SAR / Overdue Hiker Search in Progress

Postby maverick » Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:16 am

Only new info is that he sent out an "OK" on his SPOT device on Sat.
SEKI will chime in later with some more info.
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Re: INYO SAR / Overdue Hiker Search in Progress

Postby rlown » Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:24 am

Here's an assist. http://bishopweather.com/QTmovies.html do it for a week ago, and look at what happens on the 16th. back to work..
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Re: INYO SAR / Overdue Hiker Search in Progress

Postby Shawn » Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:47 am

Mav, I know it's just incidental but I was at South Lake (not in the back country) on the morning of 10/13. The WX was cold and mostly clear.

PS. Great find Russ.
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Re: INYO SAR / Overdue Hiker Search in Progress

Postby maverick » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:47 pm

Thanks for that info Russ and Shawn.

Please refrain posting anything besides information requested and related to the case, this includes any well wishes to, they will be deleted, this thread needs to be as on point as possible, as requested by the agencies. Thanks

PS If you have any question PM me.
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Postby maverick » Wed Oct 19, 2016 3:24 pm

Inyo SAR and China Lake Mountain rescue groups searching near Bishop Pass.
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Re: INYO SAR / Overdue Hiker Search in Progress

Postby gdurkee » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:59 pm

Hi All:

I've been called to assist in this SAR but, because of other commitments, won't get to SEKI until Friday. If you know of ANYONE either in the immediate search area (South Lake to LeConte or JMT etc) or ANYONE hiking from east side between Piute and Whitney, could you have them PM me here with contact information, when they were in the area and the weather conditions they encountered -- especially winds on the West side of the crest? Or, if they're not an HST member, could you pass on that information? Once I join SAR (if it's still going...) I'll update people here. Many thanks for your input so far!

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Update 10/19

Postby maverick » Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:05 pm


SEKI NP:


Park officials are requesting the public's help with information regarding a missing hiker. On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, park dispatch was notified of an overdue hiker visiting the wilderness of Kings Canyon National Park. Robert "Bob" Woodie, a 74-year-old from Manhattan Beach, CA, was supposed to return from a backpacking trip on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

Mr. Woodie's intended route of travel may have been from South Lake, outside Bishop, CA, into the park via Bishop Pass starting on Thursday, October 13, 2016. He was possibly at Barrett Lakes, southeast of Dusy Basin, on the evening of Saturday, October 15, 2016, based on an electronic check-in message received from his satellite message device. The area experienced some inclement weather during this timeframe, with some areas above about 10,500 ft receiving snow. Overnight temperatures continue to be below freezing.

Mr. Woodie is an experienced hiker who is familiar with the area. He is caucasian with brown hair and brown eyes and is 5'5" and around 150 pounds. He was possibly carrying a blue shell type jacket, baseball cap or floppy hat, and boots. He is reported to have an internal frame backpack, possibly blue in color, and no hiking poles.

Two helicopters and 20 field personnel participated in park search operations today, with operations planned for Thursday, October, 20, 2016. The area is a high sierra alpine environment, between approximately 8,000 and 12,000 feet elevation. The rugged terrain includes areas of forest, alpine lakes, and areas above tree line with talus slopes and rocky mountain passes.

This search and rescue incident is being coordinated with the Inyo County Sheriff's Department, which is simultaneously performing search operations adjacent to the park boundary within Inyo National Forest.

Anyone who may have come across Mr. Woodie or have any other information is encouraged to contact Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks at 559-565-3117 with their name, contact information. Please contact the park if you were in this area since Thursday, October 13, 2016, even if you do not believe you saw Mr. Woodie.
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