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Mountain Safety, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, October, 2018

Mountain Safety, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, October, 2018

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 26 October 2018


SEKI INCIDENTS: What Not to Do...

Incidents in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks,
Kaweah Commonwealth, October 23, 2018.


Mineral King


"October 14— At 1:45 a.m., rangers were notified of a satellite device activation atop Franklin Pass registered to a 34-year-old male. Rangers were not able to obtain details of injury/illness. Search-and-rescue operations were planned to be initiated early the following morning. At 8 a.m., Park dispatch was contacted via cell phone by the individual who had activated his PLB. The individual was uninjured, not requesting assistance, and hiking out under his own power. The individual stated that he had activated his PLB when his tent was surrounded by three mountain lions during the night. A further investigation will be conducted. Sequoia-Kings Canyon wildlife officials have been notified of the incident."


Grant Grove

"October 9— Rangers provided medical aid to a hunter who was gored by a deer. It was a walk-in medical at the Kings Canyon Visitor Center. The individual initially self-applied a tourniquet to his left leg, and bleeding was later controlled by the ranger. The hunter was later transferred to Sequoia Safety Council and transported."


Sierra Crest

"October 11— The Park received a report from Inyo County Sheriff’s Department of an overdue 62-year-old male who was solo-hiking, southbound, on the John Muir Trail. He was reportedly last seen north of Kings Canyon National Park on October 4 and was two days late to pick up a resupply of food and supplies in Bishop. A snowstorm at those elevations had taken place. An investigative response was coordinated between the parks and the Inyo and Fresno counties Sheriff’s Departments. The investigation revealed additional confirmed sightings and the subject walked out on his own that evening to a different trailhead, having intentionally skipped his earlier planned resupply location."



"There were 6 fatalities in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (or vicinity) during the busy visitor season of 2018. Fatalities in the parks this year, all of which were accidental, were reduced by 50 percent or more compared to the past two years. In 2016, there were 12 fatalities in Sequoia-Kings Canyon (and the Giant Sequoia National Monument area between the parks and the eastern Sierra crest that straddles Sequoia-Kings Canyon and Inyo County). In 2017, there were 16 fatalities within the parks or the adjacent federally managed areas."



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