Update: PCT hiker found ‘in good health’

Update from KCNP:
We’re happy to report that missing hiker Stephen McGuire has been located. Though he’s tired, he’s in good health. His progress along his route was delayed by winter storms.
When contacted, he asked us to pass on his appreciation for the rescue efforts. He’d like to recognize the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, Devil’s Postpile National Monument, Inyo National Forest, and El Dorado National Forest’s Carson Pass Information Center
News release
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. May 27, 2017 – Park Rangers are seeking information from the public to aid in the search for a missing hiker, 67-year-old Stephen McGuire, from Washington.

Stephen McGuire

Mr. McGuire has been hiking the Pacific Crest Trail northwards since March, and uses the trail name “Bible.” He was last seen near Kearsarge Pass in Kings Canyon National Park on Friday, May 18th, by another hiker who noted with concern that Mr. McGuire seemed tired and low on food. He was reported missing to the US Forest Service on Wednesday, May 23rd.
Mr. McGuire has not yet collected his next planned food resupply, located in Mammoth, CA. His previous resupply would have lasted him until approximately May 22nd. While Mr. McGuire is an experienced hiker, he is not familiar with the area, and higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada have experienced winter storm conditions in recent days.
Mr. McGuire is 5’6” tall, athletically built, Caucasion, and has black hair and a beard, both partially gray. He is outfitted with a black puffy jacket (pictured), and believed to be carrying a green backpack and green tent.
Personnel from the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are currently working with Inyo National Forest and the NPS Investigative Services Branch to gather information that will aid in the search for Mr. McGuire. If you have any information, or if you have hiked between Mt. Whitney and Reds Meadow since Thursday, May 10th, whether or not you think you saw Mr. McGuire, please call the tipline at 888-653-0009.
 

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7 Responses to Update: PCT hiker found ‘in good health’

  1. Larry M May 29, 2018 at 12:06 am #

    Hes been found

     
  2. David Dennison May 29, 2018 at 11:37 am #

    Now I’m hoping people don’t start saying “he should pay ” for the SAR operations,like it seems some do whenever someone is missing and found…this guy here,sounds like he was in control of his situation and not really in need of rescue.

     
    • Almost Native May 30, 2018 at 3:54 am #

      Totally agree David. Thou I’m not against billing his medical care to his insurance. Some people would be scared to call for help if they new they would get a bill they couldn’t afford. I almost died refusing a medical flight to Reno.

       
  3. David Dennison May 30, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

    Almost Native….totally agree…and I think, if medical help needed,a good bet his insurance would be billed.So many people,especially visitors up here,go off the grid for days,even weeks,and some don’t want the aggravation of fielding a cell phone or smart phone along with them…and many,when they mention a time for return,it’s usually an estimated time,and not an emergency if they’re not back that day.It’s a fine-line if to charge for SAR service,if it’s others deciding it’s an emergency for someone else or not.Bottom line,I’m glad this guy is safe and well and probably enjoying himself doing what he’s doing.

     
  4. steve May 31, 2018 at 6:53 am #

    What does SAR or other involved agencies charge for such a search?

     
  5. David Dennison May 31, 2018 at 11:57 am #

    Steve,from what I know,the actual SAR,they don’t actually charge for,no different than if you have to make a call to Law Enforcement for safety issues…if medi-vac gets involved,I’m sure there’s a charge for that.What I’ve seen and heard happening most of the time,if you need SAR and they save your butt from something,even if it’s something stupid you did to need their rescue,there is usually a donation asked for and/ or given,kind of an unwritten law,but not binding if you can’t afford to do that…..anyone else here,correct me if I’m wrong.

     

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