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Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

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Postby freestone » Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:15 am

I edited all my posts regarding the picture of shoes Larry may have been wearing. Again, this was a stock image, staged, and taken previously. It was not an image taken by the rescuers. I apologize for the misstep. SEKI is monitoring this thread regularly, so keep the hunches and positive vibes coming!!



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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby SEKI Public Affairs » Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:20 am

Thank you, everyone, for your appreciation of the SAR crew's efforts. I have passed this information along to the team. Our staff is working diligently and strategically to find Larry.

Yes, we are monitoring this board several times a day. It is clear from your posts that you care very much about Larry. We appreciate your ideas, feedback, knowledge of Larry, and help in getting the flyer distributed to various locations, too. While we are not able to address your posts individually or get into the specific details, please know that we are paying attention and you are being heard.

On the subject of the map posted by Lost Coyote, these areas have been considered/covered.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby rlown » Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:34 am

If Larry was set on Split, this is the route I would have chosen:

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Assumes he was going for Split, this would be where i'd look. I believe that was his plan before the storm. Just throwing it out there as I've never been there.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby SEKI Public Affairs » Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:01 am

The following new information has been posted on the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' website at: http://www.nps.gov/seki/parknews/newsreleases.htm.

Oct. 28, 2012 - Map of Search Area for Missing Hiker Larry Conn

(If you do not see the entry for Oct. 28 on the page, click on the "Refresh" button once or twice and it should come up.)
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby ERIC » Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:07 am

Search Area Map
That is a massive area to cover with or without snow on the ground..wow.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby rlown » Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:10 am

It would be nice SEKI if it was shaded with what was already searched.. And yes, that's a huge area. Would have thought the interviews narrowed it down a bit.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby Jimr » Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:31 am

I'm sure it didn't start out that big, but expanded with each search area completed. You have to remember their primary concern is with the SAR. I commend them for keeping this board posted with the info they have. It's a lot better than knowing nothing, but I'd rather they not spend too much valuable time away from their primary objective. After reading "The Last Season" a couple of times, I was awed (am I overusing that word? I can't help it) at the anatomy of a SAR. After my family and I experienced it first hand, I am confident our SAR teams on all sides of the Sierra are among the best their are.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby DP Hiker » Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:43 am

Just posting what info I have. I've backpacked with Larry on quite a few trips in the past. He usually sets his tent up in out of the way, secluded places. Often I have to look around a bit to figure out where he set up his tent. He uses the trails to get to an area but spends most his time off trail exploring, especially hidden lakes and peaks. He can cover 15 miles a day with ease but most of all he seems to like exploring new areas.

He is very experienced, clam and rational. Not the type to panic. In a bad situation he would most likely figure a way out of it. That is the part of this that concerns me most. For someone like Larry it would take something major to put him in this situation. But he would most likely keep a cool head and do his best to survive.
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:18 pm

rlown wrote:If Larry was set on Split, this is the route I would have chosen:
MAP
Assumes he was going for Split, this would be where i'd look. I believe that was his plan before the storm. Just throwing it out there as I've never been there.

The little lakes in the lower center below the marked "Wetlands" would make a pretty good base-camp. I would figure all of the other little streams in the area would be dried up on Larry's weekend, and any camp would have to be near reliable water. Also those lakes have a fair amount of trees around them and good per-existing camps, even for a stealth camper, which I think Larry is.

As for the NPS map, The Muro Blanco, where are the thickest forest (and ample firewood), was still not included. A stroll look-see down the Blanco as far as the Cartridge Pass trail (yes, it is still there) would be worthwhile.

Edit: This map:
http://www.hillmap.com/m/ag1zfmhpbGxtYX ... 1hcBjFljcM
...still has the location of the old Cartridge Pass trail, some of which is gone but most of which is still there, if faint in places
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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:50 pm

ERIC wrote:Search Area Map
That is a massive area to cover with or without snow on the ground..wow.

Though it was not included, I have to assume that east of Taboose Pass was also included. Just south of the pass there are some pretty impressive cliffs, and someone in a storm with limited visibility looking for the pass... Just sayin'.
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