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snaps10

Mountain climber
Visalia, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 9, 2009 - 12:48pm PT
Anybody here know anyone climbing at Florence Lake this weekend?

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eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Nov 9, 2009 - 12:50pm PT
YIKES!

Good luck to whomever it is!

:-(

ox

eKat
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Nov 9, 2009 - 12:51pm PT
Crossing fingers over here....
Fletcher

Trad climber
somewhere approaching Ajna
Nov 9, 2009 - 01:12pm PT
Thinking the best and pulling for 'em.

Eric
snaps10

Mountain climber
Visalia, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 9, 2009 - 01:20pm PT
I imagine it should be fairly easy to locate them. Climbers generally know where they are.
It's been a very busy SAR season for us the past month though.
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Nov 9, 2009 - 01:30pm PT
Ah sh#t - I think I know who this is. They were climbing the Obelisk this weekend.

Sh#t,

kev
billygoat

climber
cruzville
Nov 9, 2009 - 01:45pm PT
Kev, I don't think it's your friends. The Obelisk is approached from Crown Valley trailhead near Wishon.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Nov 9, 2009 - 02:01pm PT
There was a story in the Fresno Bee this morning about missing "hikers and climbers" who were expected to return to the Crown Valley trailhead. Although details were different, the similarities are frighteningly eerie. My thoughts and prayers go out to all concerned -- whether one party or two. It's already clouding over, and the outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday is stormy (otherwise, I was hoping to take a day off and do some climbing myself).

John
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Nov 9, 2009 - 02:23pm PT
Well it sucks no matter what - regardless of who it is.

billygoat

climber
cruzville
Nov 9, 2009 - 02:27pm PT
http://www.fresnobee.com/832/story/1703599.html

Sounds like Florence Lake may have been a typo. Hope your friends are okay Kev. And, of course, it sucks no matter who it is.
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Nov 9, 2009 - 02:28pm PT
Well here's what the Fresno Bee had to say...Scares me since I know someone who was in a party of 3 (2 men and one women). This also sounds like the one I know - I've warned her about back country in the mountains...

9:56 a.m.: Two missing hikers in the John Muir Wilderness were seen by a California Highway Patrol helicopter this morning and a rescue team is en route, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.

The hikers are near Obelisk Mountain, southeast of Wishon Reservoir at the Crown Valley Trailhead at an elevation of about 10,000 feet, sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice said. The helicopter was unable to land in the rugged terrain and it will take a ground team six to seven hours to reach them, he added.

The two hikers were part of a group of three. One of them, a woman, was injured; a fellow hiker stayed with her while the third left to seek help.

The helicopter crew said the woman and another person were at the Obelisk site. The hikers were not equipped for cold weather, according to the sheriff's office.

The Fresno County search and rescue team is looking for two hikers near Wishon Reservoir.

The hikers are believed to be near the Crown Valley trailhead, about 10,000 feet in elevation. One of the hikers, a woman, was injured while a group of three subjects was hiking and climbing.

The hikers were not equipped for the cold weather, according to the sheriff’s department.

One of the three hikers left the others to contact help and the sheriff’s department activated a search and rescue.
snaps10

Mountain climber
Visalia, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 9, 2009 - 02:41pm PT
Awesome. I didn't get a standby page, so I kinda figured they were found. Hope everyone's ok. Something is getting reported wierd here though. Who would do a 6-7 hr approach and climb in one day?
billygoat

climber
cruzville
Nov 9, 2009 - 02:45pm PT
Snaps,

That's exactly what I was thinking. That's a huge approach, not just length wise, but it's a lot of rolling hill up and down. I've never heard of it being anything but a backpack trip. Maybe they packed in, left all the cold weather clothes at basecamp, got hurt climbing or en route, and were then stranded without warm clothes.
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Nov 9, 2009 - 02:46pm PT
Um if it's who I think they were hiking in one day, climbing the next and hiking out the same day. Anyhow, hopefully they're ok.

rhyang

climber
SJC
Nov 9, 2009 - 02:49pm PT
Thinking positive thoughts for your friends ..
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 9, 2009 - 02:54pm PT
Sorry, kev, if this is accurate (it sounds definite):
--

11:28 a.m.: A woman injured while rock climbing in the John Muir Wilderness is dead, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said today.

The 36-year-old woman, who has not been identified, died while climbing with two others on Obelisk Mountain, southeast of Wishon Reservoir, sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice said.

A search and rescue team reached the area just before 11 a.m. Two other climbers with the woman were able to get to her after she fell Sunday. One person stayed with her while the second hiked out for help. The sheriff's office learned about the fall just before 8 p.m. Sunday and a search team was sent out a short time later. A California Highway Patrol helicopter spotted the two people near the 9,700-foot mountain this morning but was unable to land in the rugged terrain, so a ground team hiked in. The team is bringing out the second person hiker and the woman's body.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Nov 9, 2009 - 02:55pm PT
My nephew is a Fresno County sheriff who patrols in the mountains. I'll try to get details from him and report back as soon as I can. very sad news.

John
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 9, 2009 - 03:04pm PT
Very sorry to hear this.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 9, 2009 - 03:22pm PT
Aw, man. That's terrible...
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Nov 9, 2009 - 03:25pm PT
Bad news.

Sorry if that was your friends Kev. :(

Seems kind of late season for the Obelisk dontcha think?
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