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Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby tomba » Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:58 pm

Hillmap can be used to easily mark a points with annotations on a topo map and to mark a route. http://www.hillmap.com/m/ag1zfmhpbGxtYX ... 1hcBjFljcM
Select "Paths" tab, click "Add Waypoint", click on the map to add a point, optionally add a description. "Edit Path" can add a poly-line (only one though, AFAICT). When done, click on the chain link button in top-left corner (right-most button), cut the top URL and paste into this forum.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby tomba » Sat Oct 27, 2012 3:25 pm

More lines and areas (polygons) can be added using Caltopo. It is a little harder to use. http://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=36.9803, ... 8&z=14&b=t
You need a Yahoo or Google account to login in order to be able to save created maps. Sign in in top-left corner. Add markers (points) and shapes using the options in bottom left. Right click on points to move them or delete them. When drawing a line or a polygon, double click to put the final point. Right click on the lines or polygons to modify them. When done click "Save as" in upper left. Cut the URL from the address bar and paste it into this forum.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby SEKI Public Affairs » Sat Oct 27, 2012 6:25 pm

Summary of Search Operations for Larry Conn

- Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks received a report of an overdue backpacker, Larry Conn, on Wednesday October 24, 2012, at approximately 10:00 a.m. Larry was reported to be two days overdue in returning from a weekend backpacking trip in the area between Pinchot Pass and Mather Pass. Larry planned to enter the area by hiking over Taboose Pass and exploring the areas around Pinchot Pass and/or Split Mountain.

- Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks was notified about the missing hiker by the Inyo County Sherriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department located Larry’s vehicle at the Taboose Creek trailhead and organized a search on the Inyo National Forest.

- On Wednesday, October 24, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department sent a search team up Taboose Pass and used a California Highway Patrol helicopter to search the area. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks contracted an AStar 350 B3 helicopter to fly search missions and insert search teams. Another helicopter, which was involved in a research project in the area, assisted in the search effort by looking for clues in the course of its regular business. The area was largely covered in snow from a storm over the weekend. Helicopter reconnaissance saw numerous animal tracks, but no human tracks, in the snow in the search area or on routes out of the search area.

- On Thursday, October 25, crews returned to the area to search likely camping areas around Bench Lake and the Bench Lake Ranger Station. Ground searchers swept the trail from Cedar Grove up the Woods Creek Trail. Aerial searches continued throughout the area and included the use of the AStar B3 and a National Guard Blackhawk helicopter with forward looking infrared, which is imaging technology that detects thermal energy. Investigators were contacted by a person who spoke with Larry on October 19, as Larry was beginning his trip. The individual said that Larry expressed an interest in the Pinchot Pass area. Neither the ground teams nor the aerial searchers found any evidence of people hiking in the search area. Two notes were found posted near the LeConte Ranger Station, but neither note was written by Larry.

- On Friday, October 26, more ground teams and helicopters continued to search the area. Ground teams were assigned to hike and search in particular areas and stay overnight. The aerial search continued including the contract B3 helicopter and another National Guard Blackhawk. No more clues were discovered on Friday.

- Today, Saturday, October 27, there are approximately 40 people working on the search effort, including more ground teams and three dogs assigned to focus on specific high-probability areas. These teams will remain overnight and continue searching on Sunday. More aerial searches have been completed using the AStar B3 and a California Highway Patrol helicopter. The search today has been focused around Pinchot Pass, Taboose Pass, Split Mountain, and likely travel corridors/camp locations in those areas.

- Search operations will continue Sunday. Search managers will evaluate information developed so far to determine the direction of the search efforts over the next days.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby BrianF » Sat Oct 27, 2012 6:51 pm

Thank you for the more comprehensive update. For this community the more detailed the better as many of know the area well and we are obviously all concerned about Larry
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Sat Oct 27, 2012 6:59 pm

Well, they did reach as far as the exit of the Muro Blanco at the Woods conjunction Thursday, but that may have been a bit early for a positive result, so the Muro Blanco remains as the question mark, as does to a lesser degree south of Pinchot Pass and a few other spots. Perhaps forward looking infrared can locate a fire if Larry has one. Well, I hope they hang in there with the search.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby SEKI Public Affairs » Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:11 pm

For today's official news release about the search for Larry Conn, visit:

http://www.nps.gov/seki/parknews/newsreleases.htm

(If you do not see the entry for Oct. 27 on the page, click on "Refresh" once or twice and it should come up.)
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby rlown » Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:32 pm

SEKI Public Affairs wrote:For today's official news release about the search for Larry Conn, visit:

http://www.nps.gov/seki/parknews/newsreleases.htm

(If you do not see the entry for Oct. 27 on the page, click on "Refresh" once or twice and it should come up.)


Please thank your SAR crews for all the hard work they're doing to find Larry. I know we all here appreciate the effort and response.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby windknot » Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:19 pm

I just saw this thread. My heart goes out to Larry's family, and I am desperately hoping for his safe discovery, as well as for the safety of all who are involved with the SAR.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby Jimr » Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:28 pm

I don't know how to say this, but I know how I'm feeling. Having gone through my own experience this summer and knowing what my own loved ones went through; the continual worry, sleeplessness, fear for the worst, trying to keep the faith as each moment passes. The nightmare. My heart truly aches for all of Larry's loved ones and what they are going through. And Larry; keep up the faith and will to get through this, wherever you are. You have a lot of caring, experienced people trying to get to your aid. God be with you.

And to the wonderful folks in this community. Most of us are merely pixels on a screen to each other. Here and there, we get glimpses of the individual being behind the writing. Some were friends before this community developed, many have become friends since. We all come together to share of ourselves within a common passion. I believe it is this passion for our Sierra Nevada and all of it's wonders and all of the intense, sublime emotion that it stirs in each of us, that we share, that has created a compassion for each other that is rarely seen and sorely missing in much of today's societies.

I have been awe stricken watching all of the information regarding Larry's desires, plans, possible intentions, etc. that has poured out of this board. There has been an immense collection of data to help SAR team commanders et. al. to build their psychological and physical probability profiles to aid in mapping out search hierarchies. I am in awe of the personal sense of family and the sheer concern and fortitude to help on any level possible.

I am deeply proud to be a part of such a compassionate community.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby SandStorm » Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:44 pm

rlown wrote:Please thank your SAR crews for all the hard work they're doing to find Larry. I know we all here appreciate the effort and response.


I just want to second that.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby Timberline » Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:50 pm

Like so many others, I've watched this event progress from the beginning, but have not had anything constructive to offer as help, nor words to convey my feelings about it all. So much hope, concern, warmth, compassion and suggestive advice has been expressed in support of finding Larry safe and sound, and we all still do, God willing. Jimr seems to have summed up all of it so perfectly from my corner that I'm compelled to add my sentiments here also. Thanks, jimr.

And thank you to each and all who have offered their hands and hearts to aid in this endeavor - to the SAR team, their supporters and those who assist in any way, and to everyone in this remarkable community called HST. I pray to see Larry come home safe and to rejoin us here, as we all do. God bless and keep you, brother of the mountains
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby DAVELA » Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:53 pm

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Here is a story about a guy who got caught in the storm this week in tennis shoes and was stuck for 7 days before being rescued:

http://yubanet.com/regional/Lost-Camper ... Iz2XGfVZkg

October 27, 2012 - The 29 year old man (Nathan Sperring) who had been overdue since Tuesday from his hiking/camping trip into the Desolation Wilderness, was found Thursday afternoon by Search and Rescue (SAR) Personnel, at his campsite near Dick's Lake in the Desolation Wilderness.

Nathan had done a lot of things right but overlooked the possibility of rapidly changing mountain weather. Nathan told people where he was going, including the route he would be taking and when he would be back . He was well prepared for the weather conditions when he left on his camping trip on Friday but he did not check the weather forecast.

Nathan had not dressed for windy, snowing conditions. He had brought a light coat and wore tennis shoes Nathan was caught off guard when he woke up Sunday morning to find 6 inches of snow on the ground. The weather had cleared some, so Nathan packed up his camp and began to walk out. His tennis shoes and light coat proved to be insufficient for the conditions. The fresh blanket of snow had changed the look of the terrain and he could not find the trail. He was not sure he could find his way out so he made a wise decision to return to his protected campsite and again set up camp. As the weather became more severe Nathan followed his tracks in the snow back to his protected campsite and set up camp again, to wait out the foul weather and the arrival of help, protected from the elements. This may very well have saved Nathans life. On Thursday, with a break in the weather, multiple Search and Rescue Teams were flown into the Desolation Wilderness and dropped off in strategic locations consistent with Nathan's advised hiking route. Just after a Helicopter dropped off one of the teams and left the area, SAR personnel heard a whistle off in the distance. Nathan had seen the Helicopter and was blowing his rescue whistle. He was located by the SAR Team and was transported to safety in good condition.

Nathan had spent 6 nights and 7 days in the wilderness. He spent 2 days and 2 nights longer than he had planned, in freezing, foul weather. The last three days of his trip he spent in the protection of his small tent, waiting out the storm.

Thanks to the many volunteers that responded to this event and Nathan's patience and wise decision to take refuge from the storm, this story has a happy ending.
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