The Missing Irish Hiker--Family asks for help ...

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Re: The Missing Irish Hiker--Family asks for help ...

Postby Perry » Sun May 27, 2018 10:25 pm ... %2Cunnamed

Last Sunday with zip and sh44. Snow Creek Village, B, L, D, J. Down the trail to F. Cross-country to N. Markers are very rough/approximate and do not imply that we went to those exact locations. We did our best to avoid the UC research property which was not marked very well. I don't think he could be on their property because a researcher would have found him. Further up, if he had wanted to descend into the big ravine for water, he likely would have left his heavy backpack on the ridge, and it would have been visible. So I doubt he is in those areas of the big ravine. The bushwhacking is challenging in a few places. If anybody searches other areas nearby, I would recommend long pants, gaiters, and long sleeves. For anything low-elevation, it probably won't be cool enough until Oct or Nov.
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Re: The Missing Irish Hiker--Family asks for help ...

Postby RichardK » Mon May 28, 2018 5:42 am

Another solo PCT hiker is missing as well ... e_internal
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Re: The Missing Irish Hiker--Family asks for help ...

Postby Ed » Mon May 28, 2018 9:23 am

I wonder what 'near Kearsarge Pass' means. Was he assumed to be hiking out for resupply? If he was seen 'near Kearsarge Pass', there are many better ways of pinning down location and probable direction.

A few months ago, I ran into two Riverside Sheriff volunteers on the Willow Creek trail, who were on a two-day backpack. They said they were looking for the lost Irish PCT hiker. They admitted he was last seen a long ways away, but said that area had been very thoroughly searched.
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Re: The Missing Irish Hiker--Family asks for help ...

Postby zippetydude » Mon May 28, 2018 9:01 pm

As Perry, sh44 and I found, it would be quite possible to walk past evidence a mere 5' away without knowing it. That, in and of itself, is daunting. That being said, we followed two very probable routes based upon topography and human decision making, looking for clues. Of course, we found nothing. I think this is indicative only of the vastness of the wilderness, not of human ineptitude. If we try the same route a few more times, with only slight variations in our path, I think we can say that we made a small search on a single route and we eliminated a small percentage of possible finds in our efforts. This sort of search seems to involve a tremendous amount of time and effort before any result can be hoped for by the searchers. Hats off to the resilient and unfazed people who continue day in and day out for years. Tough work. Unflinching focus. You are awesome.

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Re: The Missing Irish Hiker--Family asks for help ...

Postby cynthia23 » Wed May 30, 2018 8:57 pm

And kudos to you, sh44 and Perry for putting in this effort as well. Every bit of work on this sad story brings closure for the family a little bit closer.
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Re: The Missing Irish Hiker--Family asks for help ...

Postby Hikin_Jim » Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:34 am

I'm going to head up this week and try to "clear" another area (which as noted previously is pretty hard to do with any reliability given that something could be 5' away from you, and you'd never see it).

One of the routes that Mr. O'Sullivan might have used, had he decided to bail out and turn back from Fuller Ridge is the Deer Springs Trail, a logical route back to Idyllwild. If he had lost the trail or somehow been unsure of the trails location, he might have gone down the drainage of Marion Creek. I'm going to try to go down Marion Creek from the PCT to Fern Valley. Probably a long shot. Probably a non-fun descent. Has anyone ever descended Marion Creek before?

The stretch from the PCT to the Suicide Rock Trail doesn't look too bad in terms of steepness. The stretch from the Suicide Rock down to Fern Valley may be too steep for me to do. I'll look at what I see when I arrive on site later this week.

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