Missing hiker, John Williams in the Sierra due the 24, Sept

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life is a bivouac

Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 30, 2011 - 07:39pm PT
Itinerary of his hike to follow...
If you know of his where abouts please call: 760 937 0072
panajeff

Mountain climber
CA
Sep 30, 2011 - 07:52pm PT
John Williams  66YO
John Williams 66YO
Credit: panajeff


Entry date: Sept. 16, 2011
Exit date: Sept. 23, 2011
Emergency date: Monday, noon, Sept. 26, 2011

Itinerary:
Over Bishop Pass.
1. CAMP: Dusy Basin.

Descend to LeConte Canyon.
South on John Muir Trail.
Cross Palisade Creek (always difficult).
Continue south along Middle Fork of Kings River.
2. CAMP: Simpson Meadow or
between Palisade Creek and Simpson Meadow.

Cross Middle Fork of Kings River at Simpson Meadow.
Continue south along Middle Fork of Kings River.
3. CAMP: Tehipite.

Head north and into Blue Canyon.
4. CAMP: Blue Canyon.

Cross-country north through Blue Canyon.
Exit Blue Canyon over Reinstein Pass.
5. CAMP: Martha Lake.

North down Goddard Canyon.
Then south on Jonh Muir Trail.
6. CAMP: Between junction with JMT &
the Evolution Creek crossing.

Cross Evolution Creek.
Continue south on JMT.
7. Camp: Evolution Lake.

Continue south over Muir Pass.
8. Camp: Either LeConte Canyon
or Dusy Basin.

Exit over Bishop Pass.



orange jacket (sometimes), blue backpack, gray tent.
WBraun

climber
Sep 30, 2011 - 07:55pm PT
Today is the 29th and he's traveling alone.

Big ass red flag !!!!!

Better get a SAR chopper to fly the itinerary route ....
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Sep 30, 2011 - 08:45pm PT
Best of luck for a good outcome.
Gary

climber
Desolation Row, Calif.
Sep 30, 2011 - 11:11pm PT
Somebody has seen him, there was a ton of people headed down into LeConte that weekend.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Sep 30, 2011 - 11:30pm PT
thank's for the heads up Russ.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Sep 30, 2011 - 11:34pm PT
crossing fingers.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Sep 30, 2011 - 11:36pm PT

Let's hope for a good outcome, as Crimpie said.
Iron Mtn.

Trad climber
Riverside, Ca.
Oct 1, 2011 - 03:08am PT
Good vibes being sent to this man.
Please have a good outcome.....
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Oct 1, 2011 - 04:12am PT
that dude is skinny and it gets cold out there at night,

hell. i couldn't even burn the wood at yuosemite creek it was so wet,


i say we find hin now.

does he have food?

can he conjugate the verb "hunt" ?

Brad Farlinger

Social climber
Three Rivers, CA
Oct 1, 2011 - 12:59pm PT
I am a Park Ranger who is working on the SAR of John Williams, if you have any information that might help us locate him or if you were hiking in the same areas during the same time we would like to talk to you and find out any information you might have. You can call the SAR investigations office of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 559-565-3762. Thank you for your help.
crusher

climber
Santa Monica, CA
Oct 1, 2011 - 03:12pm PT
Bump for John Williams.
BW

climber
Bishop, CA
Oct 1, 2011 - 05:31pm PT
John lives across the street from us. A nice guy who has backpacked a lot and has experience in the backcountry. Here's hoping for a good outcome.
Mark Rodell

Trad climber
Bangkok
Oct 1, 2011 - 07:25pm PT
Holding hope.
BW

climber
Bishop, CA
Oct 1, 2011 - 07:44pm PT
John is inclined to wear a big white hat and glacier glasses (even around town) and he'll probably have the same on when he's found.

He wrote a book (yet to be published) about his experience on a long walk through the Sierra. It was good reading. John knows what he's doing out there.
skipt

Mountain climber
Washington
Oct 1, 2011 - 08:57pm PT
His itinerary looks to be a classic circumnavigation of the Ionian Basin. And, then he gets to see Evolution, Le Conte Canyon, and even Dusy's Basin twice. Throw in Upper Goddard, and the middle fork of the Kings ... Wow! Excellent trip.

It is a beautiful area and I can understand why he wants to see it. Only someone with experience in the central Sierra would understand what a trip like this could offer in the first place.

We wish John the best. It is rugged country. Have him post a trip report when he gets out.

We would love to see it.


Skip
neversummer

Trad climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
Oct 1, 2011 - 09:02pm PT
Bump for a safe return.
David Wilson

climber
CA
Oct 1, 2011 - 09:05pm PT
bump for this guy. that's a great looking itinerary in an area i've been wanting to visit for years. i hope he's ok and we get to see a report
BW

climber
Bishop, CA
Oct 1, 2011 - 11:09pm PT
John's had some health problems that had kept him out out of the backcountry for quite a few years. Mostly legs and back if I can remember. Hope they haven't flared up with all the walking. Godspeed John. Weird not seeing his light on across the street and looking up above the roof in the same direction knowing he's out there somewhere.
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Oct 1, 2011 - 11:12pm PT
so what is the latest,

i can hike the trail, but you have to drop me in at the last point of known contact.

i am available for work with search and rescue.


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