Mt Whitney SAR - In Progress

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Re: Mt Whitney SAR - In Progress

Postby OmahaAdam » Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:25 am

From the local paper

Three Omaha men are missing after a winter storm blew in while they were descending from a mountain in California.

Missing are: Phillip Abraham, Steve Filips, and Dale Clymens.


http://omaha.com/article/20101021/NEWS01/101029960#omahans-missing-on-mountain
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Re: Mt Whitney SAR - In Progress

Postby edhaman » Thu Oct 21, 2010 11:22 am

A couple of questions raised by the Omaha.com article:

1. Does anyone know if "provisions" are stored at the summit structure? It's been several years since I climbed Whitney, but I've never heard the structure is provisioned. I've read that the structure is a dangerous place to be during a thunderstorm, and that people have died from lightning strikes while staying in it.

2. Is it really freakish for there to be a 3-foot snowfall on Whitney at this time of year?
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Re: Mt Whitney SAR - In Progress

Postby skiwall » Thu Oct 21, 2010 11:26 am

edhaman wrote:2. Is it really freakish for there to be a 3-foot snowfall on Whitney at this time of year?


Not really, no.
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Re: Mt Whitney SAR - In Progress

Postby Trudger » Thu Oct 21, 2010 11:28 am

Another article with photos. Interesting group who were on an adventure that also included Death Valley. More background on their trip:

http://omaha.com/article/20101021/NEWS01/710219776#hunt-for-omaha-climbers-goes-on
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Hikers FOUND!!! -- SAR on Whitney

Postby Steve C » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:01 pm

They have been airlifted via Chinook helicopter and are safe now.

Hikers FOUND!!! -- SAR on Whitney
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Re: Mt Whitney SAR - In Progress

Postby skiwall » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:08 pm

AWESOME.
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Re: Mt Whitney SAR - In Progress

Postby gsliva » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:54 pm

Watched the press conference. This is a case of trying to summit before a storm rolled in. With a permit that's very hard to acquire the urge to summit or summit fever is very strong. Glad they are OK. Nice move staying put and that there was a shelter just in case.
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