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Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2016, 07:01:28 PM »
OMG!   this is not good:(     wasn't the weather pretty bad there?
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Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2016, 02:10:28 AM »
Thank you for everything you do to get the word out Maverick.

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Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2016, 08:34:30 AM »
The paid and volunteer S&R folks on the Eastern Sierra are first rate.  Most are volunteer and they spend an awful lot of time training and equipping themselves on their own dime.
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Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2016, 02:21:23 AM »
Maverick and a group of other guy on the High Sierra Topix site go above and beyond for other hikers on a regular basis. There is one missing hiker that they have organized a search for the last couple years and are planning to do it again next year. Says a lot about the hiking community on that site.

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Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2016, 09:47:38 AM »
Sadly....these things often do not get resolved and become a recovery effort.  Those private efforts found the billionaire who crashed his small plane above Mammoth a few years ago.
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Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2016, 03:36:54 PM »

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We really would like to speak to hikers who were in the areas mentioned below since last Thursday, regardless if they think they saw him or not. Information where he was not is also very useful, too. Thank you!
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Park officials are requesting the public’s help with information regarding a missing hiker. On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, park dispatch was notified of an overdue hiker visiting the wilderness of Kings Canyon National Park. Robert “Bob” Woodie, a 74-year-old from Manhattan Beach, CA, was supposed to return from a backpacking trip on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

Mr. Woodie’s intended route of travel may have been from South Lake, outside Bishop, CA, into the park via Bishop Pass starting on Thursday, October 13, 2016. He was possibly at Barrett Lakes, southeast of Dusy Basin, on the evening of Saturday, October 15, 2016, based on an electronic check-in message received from his satellite message device. The area experienced some inclement weather during this timeframe, with some areas above about 10,500 ft receiving snow. Overnight temperatures continue to be below freezing.

Mr. Woodie is an experienced hiker who is familiar with the area. He is caucasian with brown hair and brown eyes and is 5’5” and around 150 pounds. He was possibly carrying a blue shell type jacket, baseball cap or floppy hat, and boots. He is reported to have an internal frame backpack, possibly blue in color, and no hiking poles.

Two helicopters and 20 field personnel participated in park search operations today, with operations planned for Thursday, October, 20, 2016. The area is a high sierra alpine environment, between approximately 8,000 and 12,000 feet elevation. The rugged terrain includes areas of forest, alpine lakes, and areas above tree line with talus slopes and rocky mountain passes.

This search and rescue incident is being coordinated with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, which is simultaneously performing search operations adjacent to the park boundary within Inyo National Forest.

Anyone who may have come across Mr. Woodie or have any other information is encouraged to contact Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks at 559-565-3117 with their name, contact information. Please contact the park if you were in this area since Thursday, October 13, 2016, even if you do not believe you saw Mr. Woodie.
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SEKI Update 10/21
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2016, 01:02:11 PM »


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CONTACT: Zach Behrens, 559-565-3131 (o) or 559-679-2866 (c)

Search Continues for Missing Hiker Robert “Bob” Woodie

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Calif. -- As the search for Robert “Bob” Woodie continues, park officials are requesting that any hiker who was in the search area since Thursday, October 13, 2016, to reach out with information.

“Even if they do not think they saw Mr. Woodie, information about where he wasn't seen is also very important in directing our search efforts,” explained Rich Browne, Incident Commander for the search and rescue operation. “All information is helpful to our investigation. We currently have over 60 personnel and 2 helicopters assigned to the search incident.”

The search area consists of Bishop Pass, Dusy Basin, Barrett Lakes, and the John Muir Trail/Pacific Crest Trail for the length of Le Conte Canyon. The area is a high sierra alpine environment, between approximately 8,000 and 12,000 feet elevation. The rugged terrain includes areas of forest, alpine lakes, and areas above tree line with talus slopes and rocky mountain passes.

Mr. Woodie was reported missing after not returning from a four-day backpacking trip into the wilderness of Kings Canyon National Park. His intended route of travel may have been from South Lake, outside Bishop, CA, into the park via Bishop Pass starting on Thursday, October 13, 2016. He was possibly at Barrett Lakes, southeast of Dusy Basin, on the evening of Saturday, October 15, 2016, based on an electronic check-in message received from his satellite message device. The area experienced some inclement weather during this timeframe, with some areas above about 10,500 ft receiving snow. Overnight temperatures continue to be below freezing.

Mr. Woodie, a 74-year-old from Manhattan Beach, CA, is an experienced hiker who is familiar with the area. He is caucasian with brown hair and brown eyes and is 5’5” and around 150 pounds. He was possibly carrying a blue shell type jacket, baseball cap or floppy hat, and boots. He is reported to have an internal frame backpack, possibly blue in color.

This search and rescue incident is being coordinated with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, which is simultaneously performing search operations adjacent to the park boundary within Inyo National Forest. Yosemite Search and Rescue and Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team are assisting in the operation within Kings Canyon National Park.

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SEKI SAR Info Request 10/22
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2016, 12:22:37 PM »

SAR is requesting anyone who was in the area, at an altitude of 8000' or above, to please chime in on the conditions you experienced on Sat (15th) and/or Sun (16th). Were the conditions windy, was there a wind chill, did your exposed skin get numb, how long did it take you to start to shiver if you were lightly dressed? Visibility, wind speed estimate and direction are all questions they need answers to, as soon as possible.

If you have info please chime into this thread which they are monitoring, thanks.
http://www.highsierratopix.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=15177

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SEKI NP Update 10/22
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2016, 11:52:56 AM »

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We are continuing the search and rescue for 74-year-old Robert "Bob" Woodie of Manhattan Beach, CA, in the wilderness of Kings Canyon National Park. Four dog teams from Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR) are currently assisting our field teams.

Photos and b-roll of the dogs can be found here, along with some new photos from the field to give you a sense of some of the terrain the teams are searching: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nps_seki/tags/robertwoodie/

Our priority messaging for the public at this time is to get hikers who were in the search area since Thursday, October 13 to call us at 559-565-3117. Even someone who did not see Mr. Woodie is a helpful clue for our investigation. That helps us understand where he may have not been at a certain time. The search area includes Bishop Pass, Dusy Basin, Barrett Lakes, and the John Muir Trail/Pacific Crest Trail in LeConte Canyon.

Thank you for your help getting the word out!

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Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2016, 02:03:24 AM »
Thanks for the updates Maverick.

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Update 10/25
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2016, 01:06:49 PM »


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Hi All. I appreciate everyone's weather & condition observations. From weather data and a few JMT hikers going through on the west side, it confirms conditions on Saturday (very high winds and, in the search area, some prcip though not major) and Sunday (serous prcip/snow and extreme winds) west of the crest. Mammoth Mountain anemometer (11,000') showed sustained gusts of over 100mph after 1PM (maxed at 116mph). Because of incoming weather, searchers came out Saturday night but teams will return if conditions allow today or tomorrow. Weather, though, is again going to limit both ground and air search later this week.

I'm unable to post the search maps right now but this has been an incredibly extensive search with very good ground coverage on both the east side and west side of Bishop Pass. Sunday we (NPS) went over each section looking for holes in our search pattern. Areas were identified for follow up. I'll try to get permission to post a coverage map (tracklogs of searchers). It gives a really good visual of what goes into a search. Most of the ground teams are volunteers from a number of California county search and rescue teams who spend countless hours in training in addition to being available to show up with incidents like this occur. Also involved are Yosemite SAR and their helicopter as well as a National Guard Chinook. Darned impressive effort & people involved!

Anyway, thanks to everyone for your continued observations and first-hand accounts. I'll update here as I can.

George Durkee
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Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2016, 12:24:33 PM »

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Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2016, 05:20:37 PM »
Thanks for the info Maverick. Just still holding out hope.

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Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2016, 06:09:40 PM »
Hope and reality often collide.  Things are not lining up for a good outcome.  If you take the time to look at all the links, the amount of staffing and effort on this search is impressive....especially when you consider much of it is being done by volunteers who take time off from work to use their skills to search.  They pay for their training and equipment and clothing.  If you didn't know which was a full time rescuer or volunteer, you couldn't tell just by looking at them.  They are folks who have decided to do something positive and uplifting for perfect strangers.  Pretty refreshing in today's world of computer anonymity and mean spirits. 

My hope is that find closure for gentleman's family.   
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Missing Hiker 10/27
« Reply #15 on: October 27, 2016, 12:12:25 PM »

Here is a link to the newest map with searched areas (10/27).
http://www.highsierratopix.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=15177&p=113697#p113697

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Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« Reply #16 on: October 27, 2016, 03:05:25 PM »
Thanks again for the updated info.

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Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2016, 06:05:27 PM »
Thanks again for the updated info.  :clap:



One look at the map (just one area that is being searched) and the immensity of the task becomes apparent.  The comments from HSTopix indicate that many folks have been in the area before and there are a myriad of places where some one could hole up for shelter or simply not be found in the jack straw piles of massive rocks that form little caves.  The increasing intensity and duration of incoming Winter storms make all of this all the more dangerous for the searchers. 
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SEKI Update 10/28
« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2016, 04:49:57 PM »


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Search for Missing Hiker Robert “Bob” Woodie Scaled Back

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Calif. -- After more than a week of searching for hiker Robert “Bob” Woodie, the mission has been put on hold due to a series of incoming winter storms forecasted for over the next week. All search teams were taken out of the field Wednesday afternoon in anticipation of the significant weather event, which is forecasted to bring two to three feet of snow at elevations above 8,000 feet and high winds, with gusts up to 75 mph.

“We’ve completed very thorough ground and aerial searches in very difficult terrain over the last nine days, but the storms would put our search teams at risk and decrease our ability to find clues,” explained Rich Browne, incident commander for the search. “When it clears, we’ll reassess, but it does look like weather and snow coverage will end our ability to continue active ground and aerial search operations.”

The suspension of an active field search moves the operation into what is called “limited continuous,” which may include air searches, backcountry patrols, and outreach to hikers heading into the area. The operation will be upgraded to an active search if any leads about or whereabouts of Mr. Woodie are discovered. Additionally, the Incident Management Team continues to evaluate data collected by field teams while investigators continue to follow up on leads.

The itinerary for Mr. Woodie, a 74-year-old resident of Manhattan Beach, CA, was a four-day backpacking and fishing trip between Thursday, October 13 and Sunday, October 16. An experienced hiker who knew the area, he parked his vehicle at the South Lake trailhead in Inyo National Forest and hiked over Bishop Pass into Kings Canyon National Park. An “OK” check-in message was sent from his satellite GPS device on Saturday evening from the Barrett Lakes area. A winter storm that night and next day brought very high winds, overnight temperatures to below freezing, and snow to some areas above 10,500 feet. When Mr. Woodie did not return from his trip, his family notified authorities.

The National Park Service continues to ask the public to contact officials at 559-565-3195 if they were in the search area between Thursday, October 13 and Thursday, October 20. The 26-square-mile search area within Kings Canyon National Park consists of Bishop Pass, Dusy Basin, Barrett Lakes, and the John Muir Trail/Pacific Crest Trail between Muir Pass and Mather Pass. The area is a high sierra alpine environment, between approximately 8,000 and 12,000 feet elevation. The rugged terrain includes areas of forest, alpine lakes, and areas above tree line with talus slopes and rocky mountain passes.

Over 130 personnel have worked on this multi-agency operation within Kings Canyon National Park. They include Yosemite National Park (YOSAR, including YODOGS, and Helicopter 551), L.A. County Sheriff’s Department (with Sierra Madre Search and Rescue), and Fresno County Sheriff’s Department, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department, California Office of Emergency Services, China Lake Search and Rescue, National Weather Service’s Hanford field office, USGS, and U.S. Forest Service.

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Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2016, 05:25:36 PM »
Hope the weather clears up soon so the searchers can get back to business,

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Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« Reply #20 on: October 28, 2016, 06:38:12 PM »
"We’ve completed very thorough ground and aerial searches in very difficult terrain over the last nine days, but the storms would put our search teams at risk and decrease our ability to find clues,” explained Rich Browne, incident commander for the search. “When it clears, we’ll reassess, but it does look like weather and snow coverage will end our ability to continue active ground and aerial search operations"

No IC is going to place searchers in jeopardy with little hope of success at this point.  As part of a National Incident Management Team (one that handled two fires in the Rock Creek area in the past few years), I am sure that the team members would want to continue but, as professionals in their field, know that their time on the mountain has come to an end this season.

One hundred and thirty men and women spent nine days in difficult and often dangerous conditions to search for Mr Woodie.  As they stated, they will continue to evaluate the clues that they do have and do aerial searches until Spring starts to unlock the mountain passes.  Our hearts go out to the family of Mr Woodie and the searchers who put their heart and soul into this intense effort.

Perhaps next year, the mountains will reveal where he rests.
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Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« Reply #21 on: July 14, 2017, 09:06:42 AM »
I heard about this update on the Radio this morning (Fri 7/14/17) and researched and found the following supporting information.  May Mr. Woodie Rest In Peace and may his family now find closure to this tragic incident.  The fact that his body was apparently located so very close to where they were searching and along his stated travel route must be very frustrating as well to the family and SAR teams that worked so hard at that time.

If this is your first time reading this post/thread I encourage you to read the very well-written, heartfelt story this hiker's son wrote about the life of and search for his father.  This story can be viewed by accessing the url links posted above in Maverick's initial post at the top of this thread.

http://ktla.com/2017/07/13/remains-of-manhattan-beach-hiker-missing-for-10-months-found-in-inyo-county/

http://www.inyosheriff.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Remains-of-Missing-Hiker-Located.pdf

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