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NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN - Missing hiker on Mt Harvard/Columbia

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Re: NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN - Missing hiker on Mt Harvard/Colum

Postby CO Native » Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:24 pm

I spent the day on this search with an amazing group of people and can assure you that all the places suggested in this thread were searched today and more. Unfortunately Gene was not located yet. Conditions were not in our favor, but still a lot of ground was covered today.

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Re: NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN - Missing hiker on Mt Harvard/Colum

Postby Relative to Zero » Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:46 pm

Im guessing the old mine (if its not collapsed, didnt get close enough to check it out when I passed it) and most of the cracks in the boulder field on the traverse was also checked then. I hope for the best.

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Re: NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN - Missing hiker on Mt Harvard/Colum

Postby Dex » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:13 am

CO Native wrote:I spent the day on this search with an amazing group of people and can assure you that all the places suggested in this thread were searched today and more. Unfortunately Gene was not located yet. Conditions were not in our favor, but still a lot of ground was covered today.



Great that you did that - thanks.
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Re: NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN - Missing hiker on Mt Harvard/Colum

Postby summitstep » Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:11 am

I am praying for safe returns from these two hikers. Praying for their families as well as they endure this time of uncertainty. And praying for the SARs folks and volunteers. Its hard to appreciate the beauty of the mountains when you confront the reality that the wilderness is still wild and we are not invincible.
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Re: NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN - Missing hiker on Mt Harvard/Colum

Postby Jay521 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:39 am

@Co_Native - Ditto what Dex wrote. Thanks for all you do, Josh...
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Re: NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN - Missing hiker on Mt Harvard/Colum

Postby CO Native » Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:39 am

I'm glad to help but I just play a small role among many other people. It was a huge effort that's been going on for several days. I could only get one day off of work to help out.
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Re: NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN - Missing hiker on Mt Harvard/Colum

Postby Tortoise1 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:11 am

Josh, what is SAR's thinking on volunteer searchers? More trouble than they are worth? Obviously anyone can go out there and hike around but would have to go off the grid to be of any real value.

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Re: NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN - Missing hiker on Mt Harvard/Colum

Postby CO Native » Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:37 am

Volunteer searchers are rarely used as part of the formal operations. However SAR generally tries to educate anyone going into the area so that they can search while they hike. The area would still need to be searched by SAR personnel but if someone else were to get there first and find them that just speeds up the rescue.

Sometimes the circumstances will require the area be closed to the public and no one else can be in the area but that is rare.
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Re: NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN - Missing hiker on Mt Harvard/Colum

Postby GeezerClimber » Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:10 pm

The command post is set up within sight of our house. Lots of activity the last two days. Many searchers, choppers coming and going. As of 4 PM, no sign of the missing hiker. Looks like they are winding down for today.

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Re: NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN - Missing hiker on Mt Harvard/Colum

Postby ultragirl » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:32 pm

A friend and I attempted Columbia Monday morning and the weather was terrible. The winds had to be about 40mph+, snow was ankle deep and it was bitter cold. I really hope they find him. Prayers for all involved!!

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Re: NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN - Missing hiker on Mt Harvard/Colum

Postby summitstep » Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:34 pm

Just read in local Ohio news they called off the search for Gene on Harvard. Very sad. Being a 61 YO Buckeye this hits way too close. Thoughts and prayers to all concerned.
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Re: NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN - Missing hiker on Mt Harvard/Colum

Postby Klinger1986 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:27 pm

summitstep wrote:Just read in local Ohio news they called off the search for Gene on Harvard. Very sad. Being a 61 YO Buckeye this hits way too close. Thoughts and prayers to all concerned.


http://fox8.com/2013/09/25/search-called-off-for-missing-hiker/

This is heart breaking. I hope his family can find some sort of resolution to this situation. Thank you SAR for your tireless efforts, and we will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers.
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