Members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team joined the search effort near Big Pine, in Inyo County, for a 60 year old male hiker. He was reported missing by friends after he left camp at 2:00pm on Saturday July 28th to climb Norman Clyde Peak and failed to return that evening. He had signed the register at the top of the peak at 6:30pm, but was not seem afterward. Access to the peak is very difficult, as there are no marked trails and the train is very steep and surrounded by glaciers.
Upon arrival at the command post, we were given our assignment and prepared our packs accordingly. We were flown in via helicopter to begin our search. The terrain consisted of huge boulder fields, dense brush, steep canyons, and cliffs, with the search beginning at 11,300 feet in elevation. The rough terrain and lack of marked trail kept us in the field until nightfall. The decision was made to set-up camp for the night and not risk navigating the treacherous terrain in the dark.
At sunrise, we continued on our assigned route and ended the operation back at the command post. Upon our arrival, we learned the victim was found deceased late Wednesday night on the south face of Norman Clyde Peak.
The photo below shows some of the terrain searched by teams in the area of Norman Clyde Peak.
Photo credit to Inyo County Sheriff Department