Inyo, Mono S&R teams in action

Inyo County Sheriff’s Department press release

A search is underway for missing man, Bum “John” Lee, a 68-year old man from the Redlands area in California.

Lee has been missing since Monday afternoon; Sheriff’s Dispatch was alerted Monday evening.

According to the information received, Lee was attempting the Mountaineer’s Route on Mt. Whitney, and was last seen above Iceberg Lake in the chute as he was ascending.

CHP H-80 out of Apple Valley provided aerial reconnaissance yesterday; however Lee was not located.

This morning 11 SAR members have been inserted above and below the Mountaineer’s Route.

If anyone has any information that may assist in this search please contact Sheriff’s Dispatch as 760-878-0383.

Mono County Sheriff’s Department press release

On July 19, 2016, Mono County Dispatch received a 911 call regarding an injured hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) near Leavitt Lake.

The hiker had been immobilized due to her injuries reported as a possible broken ankle. Deputies from the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue, and Tuolumne County Search and Rescue responded.

Once the Search and Rescue teams located the hiker, they stabilized and safely transported the hiker to the area where Mono County Paramedics were stationed.

The hiker was then transported to the Carson Valley Medical Center and treated for her injuries.

On July 20, 2016, Mono County Dispatch received a 911 call regarding an injured hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) near Leavitt Lake.

The hiker had been immobilized due to her injuries reported as a possible sprained ankle and declining health due to dehydration, altitude sickness, and exhaustion.

Mono County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue, Tuolumne County Search Rescue, and CHP Rescue Helicopter (H-20) and crew responded. At approximately 5:20 p.m., CHP Rescue Helicopter (H-20) stationed in Auburn, CA located, extracted, and flew the hiker to the area where Mono County Paramedics were stationed.

The hiker was then transported to the Carson Valley Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public to be prepared when hiking and backpacking. It is important to have adequate food and provision of water.

It is equally important to possess the proper gear and supplies. Hikers need to be prepared for varying conditions and equipped to keep themselves healthy and safe.

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Low Inyo
Low Inyo
5 years ago

Rick O….Not so much doing it alone,IMO,but 68 is kinda older to be doing it to Mt.Whitney….and especially in this kinda heat-wave…

Trouble
Trouble
5 years ago

I agree Rick. I climbed it in my middle thirties and just the altitude was really hard on me. I won’t advise anyone over fifty to try it, unless they are really great shape. Lack of oxygen is really hard on all your organs.

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
5 years ago

I’m 58…68 is too damn old to go off hiking the highest point in the continental U.S. ALONE !

Russ Monroe
Russ Monroe
5 years ago
Reply to  Rick O'Brien

Well Rick, you have proven that 58 is not to old to spout off moronic trash! But you failed to make any connection between the fact that you are 58 and any justification for the bigoted statement that followed. I have been walking the Mt.Whitney trails, in July, for 55… Read more »