BULLETIN – Hiker found dead at Yosemite


James Millett

James Millett

James Millett, 39, was hiking Upper Yosemite Falls 3 weeks ago. He was dead found today. Apparently fell down near the valley. No word if he was alone, but his car was found, implying solo.

An intense search was done.

No further details.

RIP,  Carpe Diem!
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Memories of when Denali was Mt McKinley

I did a 4-day dogsled run in the shadow of the big mountain.   I learned a lot then.

The neatest story was that dog-sledding champ, Susan Butcher and her mentor, Joe Reddington  took a 2-dog “team” up to the summit of Mt McKinley / Denali. This was in 1979.  Their guide was Ray Genet.

Think of this…..a dogsled UP the beast – 20,300 ft!!!  That’s the 3rd highest in the world!!! Our nearby Mt Whitney is at 14,500. 

Denali Dog Sledding

Denali Dog Sledding

The Iditarod is one yall should go to.  You can see the “ceremonial start” in downtown Anchorage…it’s always around March 4th.  The real race starts miles away in Willow the next day.  In 2015 the lack of snow moved the start to Fairbanks…..WAY further north.

Susan and Joe have both died.  But what a story to tell St Peter!!

Ipso facto – we now will call it Denali and only Denali.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Hot town, summer in the city, back of my neck getting dirty and gritty. Been down, isn’t it a pity; doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city.” – Lov’n Spoonful

All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head
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Woan survives 9-days lost in the Sierra – Water Filter saves her

Miyuki Harwood of Folsom (near Sacramento) got separated from her group on a hike in the mountains northeast of Fresno. This was 100 miles from the Central Valley city.

Miyuki Harwood

Miyuki Harwood rescued after 9 days lost

Somehow she wandered from the other hikers and drifted far from them.  It was a Sierra Club event. She was alone for 9 days. It was to be a day hike so she didn’t have much to last over a day.

During the ordeal she broke some bones and had to crawl to move. She came upon a creek with decent water. Luckily she had a working water filter, so she sustained herself by treating the water. But had no food.

She also had a whistle to signal for help when she heard voices.  Good thinking!!

The 24/7 rescue operation was conducted by the California Offices of Emergency Services, the California National Guard, Kern, Tulare, San Luis Obispo, Marin, Contra Costa, Monterey and San Mateo counties, Sequoia Kings National Park, Yosemite National Park, the CHP and the California Rescue Dog Association.

This story reminds me of the tale found in the book: “Angels in the Wilderness” where Amy Racina was in a similar situation when she fell 60-ft in a backcounty area of Sequoia National Park. She survived days of crawling with a broken leg and hip.  But SHE had no whistle.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: ” Hot fun in the summertime.” – Sly & the Family Stone
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