* MISSING HIKER - WAWONA * a message from her family


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Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Oct 10, 2012 - 01:28am PT
Excellent news. We have been in dire need of a good ending.

Topic Author's Reply - Oct 10, 2012 - 03:48am PT
Thank you so much for the support, it truly means a lot. I don't think Jessica or the family has seen this thread. She is currently in the hospital doing well, she spoke with her mother earlier today when she reached the hospital. Her mother should be there with her now.

On a personal note
I have done several hikes in Yosemite, I primarily work the Merced river/half dome trails, wawona was completely new to me. I can say I was a little upset when I saw how thick the forest was... I knew she was alone, I knew the chopper wouldn't see her, and although I kept it to myself I was pretty sure she was seriously hurt or dead. Meeting the staff working on finding her was the most assuring experience, they insisted she would be found alive. The only concern I had was that they were searching a 25-30 mile radius and I just knew she was really only 5-10 miles away.

Jessica is tough as nails, she went through 3 very long nights. Investigators found a receipt just before the hike showing that she had bought a bottle of water and a candy bar. We believe this is what she took on the hike. I find it miraculous she made it out just fine.

Jessica worked all summer in Yosemite valley. I believe she postponed another semester of school in SF to continue working there in wawona. She was always a city girl, but this summer she fell in love with Yosemite. Yosemite has a special place in my heart, I would hope she continues what seems to be her passion, which is Yosemite, and walk away from this ordeal and taking it as a learning experience and an opportunity to give more respect to that land. Its my hope she returns, if she doesn't I understand, who knows what she had running through her mind those nights.

I would like to thank the 50+ men and women and all the hikers in the area for looking for her. I''d like to thank the various sheriffs dept. off the top of my head Merced, Mariposa, and even Marin county responded. I don't think Jessica truly understands how many people cared. We are ecstatic to have her back. Nothing more excruciatingly difficult than seeing a wanted poster of your relative.

Oct 10, 2012 - 04:35am PT
And nothing better to having that relative return, relatively safe and sound, on that we all would agree.

You have handled this in a very nice and respectful manner. He has a good family.
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Oct 10, 2012 - 07:21am PT
Kudos to Jessica and the searchers. Heal up young lady.

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Oct 10, 2012 - 09:06am PT
I am so glad for her and her family that this situation has a happy ending. Tough break but tougher lady. You have a big fan club pulling for you Jessica. Hell well and quickly.

Trad climber
Oct 10, 2012 - 09:12am PT
I admit that I got tears in my eyes when I read how this one turned out. So glad for a happy ending, and my best wishes to Jessica for a full recovery!
The user formerly known as stzzo

Sneaking up behind you
Oct 10, 2012 - 09:44am PT
Great news!

Topic Author's Reply - Oct 10, 2012 - 08:26pm PT
Just got some bad news about my cousin Jessica... She's not out of the woods yet unfortunately. I'll have more information soon, thank you everybody for the support.

Trad climber
Oct 10, 2012 - 08:31pm PT
Keep us posted, Tyler.


More Big Sky Magic your way.

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Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oct 10, 2012 - 08:33pm PT
Sending good vibes to Jessica, get well and get back on it!

Oct 10, 2012 - 08:35pm PT
Sending prayers for a woman who has shown incredible strength - get well, Jessica!

Topic Author's Reply - Oct 10, 2012 - 11:25pm PT
EKat Thank you so much for your support.

It turns out she suffered a spinal injury, a good portion of the family doesnt know this but paralysis is likely. We are holding back from sharing this with the media out of hope her surgery and recovery is successful, the odds are stacked against her though.

A trust fund has been established, any donations will be greatly appreciated and can be made to,

Bank of the West fbo Jessica Rose Garcia

We understand if you cant donate, but if you can share the message on her facebook page we would appreciate it very much.


Trad climber
Oct 10, 2012 - 11:48pm PT
Tyler, you are very welcome. . . we'll all keep the magic alive for Jessica and all of her friends and family.

Here's the link to a recent update from the news:


Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Oct 10, 2012 - 11:50pm PT
Jessie is also in my thoughts, hopes & prayers!

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Oct 10, 2012 - 11:52pm PT
Regardless what happens so much is possible in life...

Big prayers and best wishes for an obviously tough gal.

Trad climber
Oct 11, 2012 - 04:54pm PT
Checking in to see how Jessica's surgery went? ? ? ?

Topic Author's Reply - Oct 11, 2012 - 05:01pm PT
You have impeccable timing Kathy, I just received a phone call from Jessica's mom, she tells me they just finished operating on her back and so far so good, they are now going to operate from the front and work on her spinal chord from there. She has about 4 hours left of her 8 hour surgery. I assume this is where it gets risky.

Ice climber
dingy room at the Happy boulders hotel
Oct 11, 2012 - 05:03pm PT
hoping for the best
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Oct 11, 2012 - 05:04pm PT
Pullin' for Jessica. Praying that she will come out of surgery doing well.
Sorry to hear about the latest update, but happy she is alive and with her family.

Trad climber
Oct 11, 2012 - 05:04pm PT
Whoa. . . I must have felt the vibes!

TFPU! (that's our way of saying ThanksForPostingUp!)

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