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Missing HST Member near Lamarck Col (Resolved)

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:15 am
by bmac96
Alan Stringer, 40 years old and 6'4", left out of North Lake Trailhead early morning Sunday November 3 and was supposed to return the evening of Sunday November 3 to hike and mountaineer around Mt Darwin. We have had a full search and rescue team out since yesterday morning and still today. I've attached a picture of him below. If you recognize him or have any information please reach out to me 972-741-4632.

He was active on this forum with a usertag of "stringbop"

Re: Missing Hiker near Mt Darwin in Bishop, CA

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:49 pm
by maverick
Have posted this also in the backpacking/climbing forums.

Update 11/7

Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:01 pm
by maverick
Inyo Co Sheriff's Dept:
November 7, 2019 – On November 4 (evening), Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received notification of a missing hiker. The reporting party said that Alan Stringer, a 40-year old man from Huntington Beach, had planned on hiking somewhere out of the Bishop area on Sunday but failed to return home on Monday.

Stringer, who was described as an experienced hiker, did not disclose his hiking plans or potential routes. However, he recently purchased and ice ax and crampons, and participated in mountaineering training courses. Stringer was equipped for day-hiking only; he had an InReach device that he hiked with, but it was never activated. After checking trailheads throughout the Bishop area, Sheriff’s Deputies located Stringer’s vehicle at North Lake shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday a forensic analysis of Stringer’s cell phone activity revealed only one call very early in the morning from downtown Bishop on Sunday November 3 (before his planned hike). Inyo Search and Rescue used aerial support to fly the areas near and around North Lake.

On Wednesday ground teams searched the areas of Piute Pass, Lamarck Col and Mt. Emerson. Aerial reconnaissance with night-vision capability was used Wednesday night.

Today ground teams will continue to scour the areas near and around North Lake, paying extra attention to Wonder Lake Basin, Lamarck Col, Mt. Lamarck summit, and Mt. Emerson. Aerial support will be used again today (H-40 out of Fresno). Sequoia and Kings National Park is running a joint operation concentrating on the following locations: Darwin Canyon and Darwin Peak.

If anyone from the public has seen Alan Stringer (particularly on Sunday November 3) and can provide us with a more conclusive hiking route please call 760-878-0383 option 4. We do not have a conclusive description of what he was wearing but he could potentially be wearing a bright green “puffer” style jacket or a dark green light-weight jacket. His ice ax is lime green. Stringer is 6’04”, 230 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Re: Missing HST Member near Lamarck Col Trail in Bishop, CA

Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:44 pm
by maverick
Inyo NF:
On Nov 7 around 2:30pm Sequoia and Kings National Park located Alan Stringer deceased at the top of the Darwin glacier, near the base of the notch to go up Mount Darwin. Sequoia and Kings will be conducting the investigation and recovery.