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Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby SEKI Public Affairs » Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:41 pm

Please call if you have any information about this overdue hiker (Oct. 24)--www.nps.gov/seki/parknews/newsreleases.htm.



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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby maverick » Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:51 pm

Folks this is Larry aka "Quentinc" a member of HST, if you have any info please
contact SEKI!!!!!!!!!!! Hope he is alright!

http://www.nps.gov/seki/parknews/upload ... 4-2012.pdf
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby maverick » Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:01 pm

Now that I think of it I thought seeing his name earlier and after checking the records
he was last active on this board today at 8:45 pm. So hopefully SEKI's info is incorrect.
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Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby ironmike » Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:27 pm

Actually he hasn't posted since last Wednesday. The board stats say he lasted accessed the forum today but that could be someone else using his account, or even someone using his cellphone with a Tapatalk app. Perhaps someone could PM him and see if he is truly back.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby quentinc » Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:03 pm

My name is Claus. I am a friend of Larry's and using his computer to post this message. Larry left on a backpack last Friday, the 19th. He was due back Monday but has not returned. He went in on the Taboose Pass trail. His tentative itinerary was to head up, generally, along the Muir trail toward Mather Pass and possibly climb Split Mt. Then he planned to head back toward Pinchot Pass and explore some of the creeks in that area. I have backpacked with Larry before but it was many years ago and never in this area. I have been trying to help the NPS and Inyo County Sheriff's department. Does anyone here have any suggestions as to areas in this vicinity that might appeal to Larry. I know he often strays from his itinerary and likes to explore new areas. Any help would much appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby freestone » Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:52 am

I ran into Larry last Friday at approximately 10:30 AM on the Taboose trail, about two miles from the trailhead. We spoke briefly and he mentioned that he was going to explore the area around Pinchot area, but made no mention of Split Mountain. He was carrying a Golite pack, using i-Pod ear buds. He said he only had four days, but looked well equiped. When I got to the trailhead, there were only 2 cars, his, a Suburu stationwagon, and mine.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby maverick » Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:32 am

Hi Claus,


Larry has mentioned your name when we have talked before on the phone. Very sorry
to read that it was not him on the board earlier. :(
He mentioned in a PM earlier that he understood how the Taboose Pass area was one
of my favorite area's. He likes doing peaks but a lot of times miscalculates the correct
route and uses his experience to get through difficulties. My recommendation would be
to concentrate on the Split area he may have gotten of course. Also with the snow, high
winds and sub zero windchill temps on Mon and Tue he may be hunkered down and not
be able to be seen by SAR teams.
Edit: Would also recommend checking the lakes east of Marjorie north of Pinchot.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby The Other Tom » Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:39 am

freestone wrote:I ran into Larry last Friday at approximately 10:30 AM on the Taboose trail, about two miles from the trailhead. We spoke briefly and he mentioned that he was going to explore the area around Pinchot area, but made no mention of Split Mountain. He was carrying a Golite pack, using i-Pod ear buds. He said he only had four days, but looked well equiped. When I got to the trailhead, there were only 2 cars, his, a Suburu stationwagon, and mine.

I assume you have given SEKI this info.....
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby freestone » Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:47 am

Yes. I called them immediately and was interviwed by the Ranger in charge of the rescue operation.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby SSSdave » Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:06 am

freestone wrote:I ran into Larry last Friday at approximately 10:30 AM on the Taboose trail, about two miles from the trailhead. We spoke briefly and he mentioned that he was going to explore the area around Pinchot area, but made no mention of Split Mountain. He was carrying a Golite pack, using i-Pod ear buds. He said he only had four days, but looked well equiped. When I got to the trailhead, there were only 2 cars, his, a Suburu stationwagon, and mine.


Wasn't he aware there was a possible serious storm coming? Did he have a minimum of Gortex boots and gaters?

I had posted a warning here on Wednesday 10/17. It was originally vaguely forecast to move in late Monday but by Friday NWS moved that up to Sunday night? Could be two feet of soft snow up there now with trails fully buried.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby fishmonger » Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:52 am

quentinc wrote:My name is Claus. I am a friend of Larry's and using his computer to post this message. Larry left on a backpack last Friday, the 19th. He was due back Monday but has not returned. He went in on the Taboose Pass trail. His tentative itinerary was to head up, generally, along the Muir trail toward Mather Pass and possibly climb Split Mt. Then he planned to head back toward Pinchot Pass and explore some of the creeks in that area. I have backpacked with Larry before but it was many years ago and never in this area. I have been trying to help the NPS and Inyo County Sheriff's department. Does anyone here have any suggestions as to areas in this vicinity that might appeal to Larry. I know he often strays from his itinerary and likes to explore new areas. Any help would much appreciated. Thanks.


There are a number of places you can reach quite quickly from Taboose Pass. Cardinal Mountain is one place a peak bagger may consider right off the pass to the north. Travel in Upper Basin is fast, and he could be anywhere up there or beyond - the lake below Split Mountain is a place I'd consider as base camp for a summit push the next day.

In the other direction is Bench Lake, always popular, with maybe a summit attempt on Arrow Peak, or the JMT across Pinchot Pass, where the choice to return to Taboose or to head down to 10,000 feet to the Sawmill Pass junction to then exit over Sawmill may have lead him to Sawmill as the possibly faster exit. Sawmill Pass trail is not as easy to follow, but even if you lose it, the general direction is pretty obvious for the most part. Once you get across, it is much longer than Taboose to get down to the desert, but it shouldn't take more than a few extra hours, not days.

In two days you can cover quite some distance up there once you get on the JMT, even considering that you need to return hike within your set time frame. He could be anywhere between Palisade Lakes (considering he would have to return to the car) and Sawmill Pass.

In a hunker-down scenario, if I were to hike up to climb Split Mountain and then foul weather arrived, I probably would abort whatever I was doing and try to get as low as possible using the Muir Trail to reach the south end of Upper Basin where some trees will offer protection and the temps will be warmer. Given enough food, I would then wait as long as possible for the snow to either melt or solidify before heading over Taboose to get back out. Now it is Thursday, though - the weather has cleared, so I'd expect he'd be heading back out. If he doesn't show up today at the trailhead, I'd say this is not what happened.

If injury is responsible for him being overdue, it is much more difficult to assume where he is and he'll be very difficult to find without Spot or other aid pointing at his location. I'd guess the first place to look would be around Split Mountain.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby freestone » Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:14 am

Larry looked well prepared and seasoned, but there was no indication that he was prepared for snow. No gaiters and was wearing trail runners.I sincerely believed he was aware of the storm, knew the weather was going to be beautful for the short term and planned on exiting Tuesday. We did not discuss the weather as I had been in 5 days and was only aware of the storm via a long range forcast from Sunday the 15th. All the peaks were dusted with snow and showed no signs of melting. We talked about the lakes below Split Mountain and acknowledged their beauty, but he made no mention of visiting that area. He seemed focused on getting to the Muir, then head south to explore the area around Pinchot pass. The area was deserted, he was the only person I saw my entire trip.
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