Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

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Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Post by 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?

Post by 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!

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Re: Overdue Hiker - Do You Have Any Info?

Post by 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?

Post by 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?

Post by 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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Post by 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?

Post by 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?

Post by 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?

Post by 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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Post by 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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