View Full Version : O.T. Missing Hiker

08-28-2009, 05:14 PM
now that the park has issued a release, i can report that there is a missing hiker and big search on to find him. the hiker is very experienced and a former ridge runner and is 3 days overdue from a planned hike that included the manway from b.c. 31 to charlies bunion....
so be careful out there and pray that he is found......he is 70 years old and has heart history

Jim Casada
08-28-2009, 05:45 PM
Sam--That sounds scary, because as I'm sure you know, that general region of Charlie's Bunion and the Sawteeth is about as rugged as it gets at high elevations in the Park. There are lots of places where a slip spells disaster. One just hopes that maybe it's a broken bone or something like that. Since the guy is experienced, he'll have the right gear, and at least the weather won't be a huge factor. Jim Casada

08-28-2009, 06:53 PM
years ago, when i was 10 feet tall and bulletproof, i went up that manway....it's awful...ya gotta stay left on the cairns....easy to get lost...and last mile pick up 2000 feet......if he got disoriented, it's nasty on the way to dry sluice gap..pray for him

old tom
08-28-2009, 08:11 PM

08-28-2009, 09:28 PM
When I go, I hope it's on a stream, river or mountain top (as long as I don't drown). :eek:

08-29-2009, 12:34 PM
Is there any reports on the status of this man and the search. Down here in Bama we would not here about it. We are keeping him in our prayers and just wanting some kind of update.

08-29-2009, 03:53 PM
I'm hoping for a good outcome for him. I've been up that way ONCE and that was enough for me 20 years ago:eek:

old tom
08-29-2009, 06:22 PM

08-29-2009, 06:26 PM
Good news for sure. Sounds he is just enjoying the solitude. I am curious about the Porters Creek Manway as well. Probably should have done it when I was younger though. I have been to campsite 31 and it's a steep view up towards the Bunion!

08-29-2009, 07:08 PM
the last mile of the dry sluice manway gains 2000 feet....been following this story at work all day and you could have lifted sugarlands off the ground when the found and identified morgan...they will bring him out tomorrow...they dropped food and a park radio in by chopper this afternoon

08-29-2009, 11:25 PM
That is awesome. You see GOD still answers prayers. Thank you for posting the results of this.

08-30-2009, 05:15 PM

I am curious as to why they didn't look in that area right away since it was on his trip and one of the most rugged areas of the Park.

08-31-2009, 08:17 AM
Anyone have any more info on why the lost hiker could not get out on his own? The local news showed him and he was walking well and smiling and appeared to be in perfect health. the news report was vague on why he could not get out except to say he got lost. Just seems odd for an experience hiker.

08-31-2009, 09:26 AM
he was on a ledge near the top of porter mtn and could not go up or down safely....he was about a mile east of the dry sluice manway and had become lost. he followed his own advice and stayed put and waited for help. this area is very difficult, steep, and remote and the manway is marked by cairns (stay to the left of them) and it is easy to become disoriented up there.

08-31-2009, 10:19 AM
The first time I went up that route we got too far to the right. We came out on a rocky spur hundreds of yards to the right of Dry Sluice Gap Trail. That section was SUPER rugged. It appears he was even further to the right then we were. Our group of four was young, in shape, and had rope to deal with extra tricky sections.

The next time I went up we stayed further left and came out right at Dry Sluce Gap Trail. It is much easier if you stay left!

08-31-2009, 10:32 AM
Going up the dry sluice Porters Mountain is on the left which is where he wound up so it looks like he was left of the Cairns, way left, or am I reading it wrong?

08-31-2009, 12:21 PM
Going up the dry sluice Porters Mountain is on the left which is where he wound up so it looks like he was left of the Cairns, way left, or am I reading it wrong?

I guess I read the reports that described the terrain and assumed his location. The News Sentinal reported him to be on Porter's Mountain which would have been far, far, far left!

08-31-2009, 07:38 PM
he was, as they say of a missed field goal, wide left.

09-01-2009, 09:01 AM
I saw a short clip of the old guy last night on the news,he looked pretty fiesty so it appears he came out in good shape....