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 Post subject: 7/24 Missing Hiker Alert PCT Hiker
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:07 pm 
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ALERT!! For the purpose of a "Hotline" to be released to the general public, through Facebook or any other public forum, contact can be made via the Investigative Services Branch (ISB) Tip Line at 888-653-0009. Anyone can call this number at any time and leave messages. On July 7th, Rika Morita aka Strawberry, a 32 yo NOBO PCTer from Japan was last heard from family and last seen on the trail by other hikers on July 8th. Yosemite SAR have been alerted and currently searching for her. Below is information from a post from one of friends who is flying out from Germany to join with other friends to search for her, gave her last whereabouts and what her NOBO plans were. "Gathering all information the situation is as follows: We have a “Search for Rika” team now consisting of Gehn Shibayama, Christopher Lynch and me. Rika’s father doesn’t speak English. So Gehn joined in our team and got in direct contact with him. He’s fluent in English and Japanese. They had some phone calls in between. From this phone calls we learned from his father that Rika’s plan was to go the following route: Bishop – Muir Trail Ranch (MTR) – Red’s Meadows Resort (RMR) – Toulumne Meadows (TM) - Half Dome – Yosemite Valley – Toulumne Meadows – South Lake Tahoe. She had planned to do this in 11 days, but according to her plan she was overdue already 5 days in Bishop. Anyway. Rika was last seen by Aidan Dahler, Rachel Hopke, Greg Strachey and Justin Myers on July 8th 4 miles behind Glen pass. After fording a creek Rika went on solo while Greg and Justin were reorganizing their backpacks. On leaving Rika had announced to ask for their support (as she’s only 5 feet tall) at the next critical fording situation. The situations came, but Rika wasn’t there. Jonathan Szakacs saw her last on July 7th between 08:00 and 10:00 am when both they ran out of Bishop back on the PCT “but [she] pushed away”. They haven’t seen her since, and now they are in Toulumne Meadows. Neither in MTR, nor in VVR or RMR. TM itself is the place where Rika should contact Ted Hall who has got two boxes for Rika at his house in NorCal. By now there hasn’t been any call. It provides a little modicum of reassurance that actually it is impossible to make any calls from TM (no signal, public phone is out as PO is closed). As her plan was to go from TM to Half Dome we are now trying to find out if she obtained a permit for it. But officials in Yosemite are very slow, we are waiting for hours now for them to answer our request. To find out where Rika resupplied, we gathered the following information: We wrote an email to MTR to see if there was any sign of Rika. Still waiting for an answer. We called VVR to see if there was any record of her regarding resupply or if anybody has seen her. The answers was no. We contacted Moderne Hostel and Davison St Guest House in Mammoth Lakes to see if she checked in or has reservation. The answers were no. We contacted Sonora Resupply and Kennedy Meadows Resort to see if she was there or has sent resupply. The answers were no. We contacted Yosemite's Wilderness Office to see if she had overnight (necessary to hike down to Yosemite Valley) and Half Dome permit. She never obtained overnight permit. They are still researching Half Dome permit. John Godell checked Mammoth Lake Motel 6, but the answer was no. Regarding Donna L-Rod Saufley’s great idea to check her credit card records her Father told us that he doesn’t know which card she uses. Putting all this together, we don’t have any idea where she is or where she has been after the morning of July 8th. Please keep on helping. Gehn, Chris and Ingo"


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 Post subject: Re: 7/24 Missing Hiker Alert PCT Hiker
PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:32 pm 
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sad. they found her dead. thanks bye


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 Post subject: Official Update
PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:01 pm 
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http://www.highsierratopix.com/communit ... 98#p123198


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 Post subject: Re: 7/24 Missing Hiker Alert PCT Hiker
PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:47 pm 
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Sad to read that, RIP.

Question, if you encounter something like this on a trail, are you supposed to split up your party with some at the site and the others going out to notify, or do you never split your party, or what?

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 Post subject: Re: 7/24 Missing Hiker Alert PCT Hiker
PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:52 am 
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I think what you would do depends primarily on the location and circumstances your party is in. Certainly you would want to mark the location with rock or branch arrows. The best situation would be to try to find someone heading out or a packer/ranger. There's no rush on a recovery, so the party could decide what to do. Finding an injured person Would be a whole different story as someone should stay with them , if possible.

The most important things for wilderness survival are letting someone know of your plans before you go, taking the right gear, and, if lost or separated, mark your path! And don't be afraid to turn back if you are not comfortable with the circumstances (high water/weather/altitude/footing) Also better to go with another person, but sometimes you just need to go alone.

Sad to hear about her death. It could be any one of us that explores the wilderness.


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 Post subject: Re: 7/24 Missing Hiker Alert PCT Hiker
PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:00 am 
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 Post subject: Re: 7/24 Missing Hiker Alert PCT Hiker
PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:06 pm 
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oldhiker wrote:
Finding an injured person Would be a whole different story as someone should stay with them , if possible.

I guess the situation I fear most is me and one companion find an injured hiker on the trail. Its already late afternoon and miles away from exiting the trail on a backpack (assuming a dayhike is much shorter and contact is closer). Does everyone stay together until morning light or is one person sent on in the dark?

Maybe my fear of splitting up is too strong but it always seems to be the point at which things go wrong.

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 Post subject: Re: 7/24 Missing Hiker Alert PCT Hiker
PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:12 pm 
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snowhottie wrote:
oldhiker wrote:
Finding an injured person Would be a whole different story as someone should stay with them , if possible.

I guess the situation I fear most is me and one companion find an injured hiker on the trail. Its already late afternoon and miles away from exiting the trail on a backpack (assuming a dayhike is much shorter and contact is closer). Does everyone stay together until morning light or is one person sent on in the dark?

Maybe my fear of splitting up is too strong but it always seems to be the point at which things go wrong.

For me it would depend on the condition of the injured person - life threatening or not? It's always a tough call to split up. The other factors include whether you know the trail well or not, experience hiking alone, distance to get help, etc.


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