Officer in charge called last night for more info, still no signs, like the update indicates.
What is weird that there has been no sighting of the tent which could mean a couple of
1- He was moving from one location to another when some thing happened. This could
be anywhere from after the meeting with Freestone (2 miles in from the trailhead) or
along the JMT while going to Split, Pinchot or other destination. He would not attempt
any summit with a full pack which includes his tent. We all would base camp and then
attempt to summit, unless he stashed his pack and food, seeing a pack is more
difficult than a tent.
2- Could he have gone down the Muro Blanco? It would have added a lot of miles going
down, but with a lot of snow/water mix which would have its own dangers. Larry being
experienced knew the basic's of survival, and staying put till found is one of them.
Weather was to turn bad Tuesday so Larry had to be aware of the incoming storm
and so his plan to exit Monday. Which then brings into question any of the bail attempts
because the bad weather had not arrived yet, so why change the exit route?
Keep adding in your thoughts people SAR is reading, we all think like backpackers/hikers
here, no scenario is out of the question!
Lostcoyote- Here is that pass: HST Map
Upper Basin Crossing
More info on the pass here: viewtopic.php?f=31&t=8326