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 Post subject: Rescues & avalanches - water & snow related
PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:55 am 
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Some news coming out from last weekend. Please be extra careful climbing and or being around swift-moving water this spring and summer. Keep a closer eye on your children and your pets, too.

Two deaths, one on Mt. Whitney, in Sequoia-Kings National Park

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by News Staff on April 24, 2017

Inyo County Sheriff’s Office press release

At approximately 4:00pm Friday April 21st, Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch received notification of a potential fatality on the Mt. Whitney Mountaineer’s Route. According to the reporting party, who was a member of a hiking group that was descending the trail, a male solo hiker passed the group ascending in the last chute near the summit (~13,800 elevation).

Sometime after the hiking group was continuing their descent a backpack tumbled down near them that the hikers recognized as the backpack belonging to the solo hiker. The members of the group called out repeatedly, but there was no response. In order to get enough reception to call into the Sheriff’s Office they hiked down to Iceberg Lake (~12,600 elevation) to dial 911.

Inyo Sheriff started an investigation but it was too dark to begin an aerial search.

CHP H-80 out of Apple Valley responded the morning of Saturday April 22, and located the body around 1:00pm. The body was inside the boundary of Sequoia-Kings National Park, and therefore the recovery was coordinated through Sequoia-Kings.

At approximately 12:30 Saturday April 22nd, Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch received notification of an avalanche, with one reported injury, on the lower end of the Mountaineer’s Route (~9,500 elevation). The reporting party did not witness the avalanche, but as he was hiking he noticed the runout zone of the avalanche, and below that there was one injured male hiker believed to be suffering from a broken leg.

Although CHP H-80 was already near Mt. Whitney doing aerial reconnaissance for the fatality, they were unable to assist because they are not hoist certified. Additional aerial support was requested through Inyo County Search and Rescue, and CHP H-70 out of Paso Robles was able to respond.

The avalanche victim, identified as Sung Kim, 64 year old male from Fullerton, CA, was successfully airlifted out and transported to Southern Inyo Hospital for treatment.

Due to historic snowfall in the Sierra we want to remind outdoor enthusiasts that the risk of avalanches is greater than in past years. Additionally, the high snowpack requires experience and technical skills.

Agencies assisting this weekend include: CHP H-80, CHP H-70, Sequoia-Kings, Inyo SAR, Inyo Sheriff.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PRESS RELEASE

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. April 23, 2017 – Two fatalities occurred in Sequoia National Park this weekend, one on Mount Whitney and one in the Kaweah River.

On Friday afternoon, a group of climbers descending the eastern slope of Mount Whitney crossed paths with a solo climber who was heading up the Mountaineer’s Route. Like the commonly used trail to the 14,494-foot peak, this route starts at Whitney Portal, but it is far more challenging. Sometime later, the group observed a backpack fall and realized that the climber they passed may have fallen. As soon as they were able to obtain a cell signal, they called 911, reporting the incident to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO).

ICSO started an investigation but it was too dark to begin an aerial search. At first lighton Saturday, they began a helicopter search and spotted the man’s body after about four hours. He had apparently been traversing the north face of Mount Whitney, an area with snow and ice, when he fell. Because this area is in Sequoia National Park, ICSO contacted the National Park Service, which is commencing operations to retrieve the victim on Sunday morning.

The second fatality occurred on Saturday afternoon. A 21-year-old Tulare woman and three friends were alongside the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River a short distance downstream from the Hospital Rock Picnic Area, six miles inside the Sequoia park entrance on Hwy 198. The woman fell into the river and was swept away. Her friends contacted the parks for help and a search and rescue response was initiated.

Farther downstream, another visitor saw the woman in the river and managed to get her out. Wesley Mungin of Hanford, CA, got the victim to shore, administered CPR in an area upstream from Potwisha Campground.

“Although the rivers of the parks are beautiful and picturesque, they are still an extremely dangerous place to recreate. Due to the record level snowpack the rivers with their fast cold water continue to rise. Please give these environments the respect they deserve for your own personal safety,” said Chris Waldschmidt, U.S. Park Ranger.

The National Park Service was assisted in responding to this incident by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, Tulare County Fire Department, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Exeter Ambulance.

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 Post subject: Re: Rescues & avalanches - water & snow related
PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 2:39 pm 
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Wet slide near Meysan Lake 4/29/17.

http://esavalanche.org/content/wet-slab ... eysan-lake

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We were hiking up Meysan Lake for about two hours when we heard a soft whumping sound. We looked to the right through some trees and saw avalanche debris slide over some rocks for about 15 to 30 seconds. It was a natural slide. I'm not sure, but I think it we were about halfway to Meysan Lake and it was 11:30. We decided to turn back shortly after. We saw evidence of a recent point slide avalanche on the southern aspect slope above on our descent.

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 Post subject: Re: Rescues & avalanches - water & snow related
PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:26 pm 
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Sorry, didn't know where else to put this and couldn't locate an original thread on it.

Body of missing hiker located near Bishop Pass

Inyo County Sheriff’s Office press release
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On Thursday July 6th, 2017 the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified by a group of Pacific Crest Trail hikers that a body was discovered approximately 300 feet off the Bishop Pass trail in a talus slope.

The morning of July 7th, a recovery operation was initiated with aerial support provided by Sequoia and Kings National Park. After transporting the remains to the Inyo County Coroner, the body was officially identified as Robert “Bob” Woodie, a 74-year old missing hiker from Manhattan Beach, CA.

A large-scale multi-agency search and rescue for Mr. Woodie began October 18, 2016 after receiving notification that he was an overdue hiker. Mr. Woodie was supposed to have returned from a backpacking trip on Sunday October 16th, 2016; he was familiar with the area but hiking alone.

Mr. Woodie’s route was from South Lake, outside Bishop, CA, into Sequoia and Kings National Park via Bishop Pass. There was a significant storm front during this time with high winds and freezing conditions.

The search area consisted of Bishop Pass, Dusy Basin, Barrett Lakes, and the John Muir Trail/Pacific Crest Trail between Muir Pass and Mather Pass. More than 130 personnel participated in the multi-agency search. On October 28th the search was suspended after both aerial reconnaissance and ground searchers were unable to locate Mr. Woodie. High winds, snow, and freezing conditions made searching unsafe and locating clues became impossible.

At the time this press release was issued, cause of death had not yet been determined.

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 Post subject: Re: Rescues & avalanches - water & snow related
PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:25 pm 
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Wow almost 9 months later... At least there is closure for the family.


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 Post subject: Re: Rescues & avalanches - water & snow related
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It's been like 4 years for Matthew Greene's family. I'm sure alot of families would like closure....

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 Post subject: Re: Rescues & avalanches - water & snow related
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I know, SP. Such a mystery about Matthew Greene's disappearance.:(

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