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Re: All Hikers are vulnerable

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:23 pm
by Mrs.Oroblanco
Thanks for the posts.

Gee, when you start paying attention to the news about these things, you realize just how many incidents there are.

And, they don't all come out well.

Beth (Mrs.O)

Re: All Hikers are vulnerable

Posted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:34 am
by yuccahead
A week later, still looking.

Joshua Tree National Park (CA)
Search Continues For Missing Hiker

Efforts by search and rescue personnel to locate missing hiker William Ewasko entered their sixth day on Thursday. Teams of agency and volunteer ground searchers continue to comb the Quail Mountain area of the park in an effort to locate the Georgia man, who was first reported missing last Friday. Teams responding to the search on Thursday included Desert Search and Rescue from Riverside County and Sierra Madre Mountain Rescue from Los Angeles County. Teams from San Bernardino County included Morongo Basin Search and Rescue and RIMSAR from the Big Bear/Lake Arrowhead area. Joshua Tree Search and Rescue, affiliated with Joshua Tree National Park, also contributed volunteer ground searchers. National Park Service and Riverside County Sheriff’s Office personnel continue to coordinate the search effort, with additional support from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office. Thursday’s objectives called for ground search teams to work the highest priority sectors of Juniper Flats and Quail Springs, located to the east and north of the Quail Mountain summit. To date, over 100 volunteer searchers have contributed 1,100 ground search hours – in addition to efforts by trained dog teams, equestrian searchers, and helicopters from the California Highway Patrol and Riverside County Sheriff’s Office. Hundreds of additional man-hours have been dedicated to the search effort by support staff. [Submitted by Joe Zarki, Public Information Officer]

Joshua Tree missing hiker

Posted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:18 pm
by kwyatt
Was anybody here involved with the search for this man who has been missing for over a week/ rental car found at Key's View/ search scaled back after approx. 1400 search/rescue hours ...any info?

Re: All Hikers are vulnerable

Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 3:48 am
by TradClimber
Press Release: Palm Desert Police Department
On Thursday night, July 1, 2010, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department terminated the search for Mr. Ewasko, however this investigation is continuing. National Park Rangers and Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue will continue with intermittent searches as resources and additional information are available.

Click the following link for full release.


Re: All Hikers are vulnerable

Posted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:08 am
by roc2rol
There’s a lots I don’t understand
about the Superstition & its trails
If you stay on the trails your fairly safe, right?
Are signs posted about length of trails?

Its hard not to wonder how these recent lost hikers got in trouble
Perhaps they thought they would just walk a short trail.
Come back to the car before the heat of the day.
Then something caught their eye. They pushed themselves just little further off the trail.
Before you know it --your confused. Lost. Its hot. It can happen quick. No?

So I guess my question is:
if you stay on the trail, even if you get in deep & in trouble , your chances are better?

Re: All Hikers are vulnerable

Posted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:19 am
by reptilist
Why would someone looking for lost treasure stay on a marked trail? Logically, to discover something lost, you have to put yourself in the same position.

Re: All Hikers are vulnerable

Posted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:34 am
by roc2rol
Because of the reports of the lack of provisions
I was thinking they were just doing a reconnaissance mission
Checking out the lay of the land.
Otherwise it just gets mind boggling the other scenario..

Re: All Hikers are vulnerable

Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:04 pm
by GeorgeW
If they had stayed on the trails they would have been found very quickly. There are a few signs at trail junctions but I don't remember any mileage posted on the signs. As someone posted, to find a hidden mine they would have gone off-trail which is why they haven't been found.

I once found and carried out a new pack, loaded with equipment, that had been in the Supes for two months. The owner had posted a notice at Peralta TH saying he'd lost his pack on the Dutchman trail. I actually found it in a drainage 1/4 mile off the Terrapin trail. He had a map and GPS and was about 1.5 miles from the Dutchman trail. The point is people can get lost if they aren't used to desert trails. (I got a good story and $50 reward when I gave the guy back his pack).

Re: All Hikers are vulnerable

Posted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:22 pm
by roc2rol
A thought I had
was rocks falls
As anyone ever witness or seen evidence of this?

Whenever I drive thru Miami/Claypool on U.S. 60
I would think: This would be a bad time for an earthquake :|