Two Hikers Found Dead on Mount Whitney

Two Hikers Found Dead on Mount Whitney

The eastern Sierra Nevada, with Mt. Whitney, the largest of three pinnacles at center, near Lone Pine, Calif., on Dec. 21, 2016. (Brian Melley/AP Photo)

Jill McLaughlin

Jill McLaughlin

5/10/2024

Updated: 5/10/2024

Two hikers were found dead on Mount Whitney May 7 by a search and rescue team after they attempted to snowboard near the summit, Inyo County authorities announced on social media May 9.
A person hiking with them told police the two were trying to climb down to “the Notch”--a flat cliff on the north side of the mountain’s face near the Mount Whitney Mountaineer Route--and snowboard back to Upper Boy Scout Lake, where they had set up camp.
Law enforcement has released few details about the climbers and where they were found on the mountain, located in east-central California, about 220 miles north of Los Angeles.
An Inyo County Sheriff’s Department team started searching for the hikers after the person they were with reported them missing.
The reporting party, who hiked with them up the mountain, told the searchers he waited for hours at their campsite but the two never returned from the Notch.
The search and rescue team used a helicopter and teams on foot to search the area. The hikers were discovered dead at a location within the neighboring county of Tulare.
The Tulare County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office is now handling the case but has not yet released any information about the hikers or where they were found on the mountain.
“We haven’t released the names yet,” Tulare County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Teresa Douglass told The Epoch Times. “Inyo County Search and Rescue recovered the bodies. We have the bodies, but we’re waiting to notify next of kin.”
The hikers’ names may be released later Friday, according to Ms. Douglass.
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Jill McLaughlin

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Jill McLaughlin is an award-winning journalist covering politics, environment, and statewide issues. She has been a reporter and editor for newspapers in Oregon, Nevada, and New Mexico. Jill was born in Yosemite National Park and enjoys the majestic outdoors, traveling, golfing, and hiking.

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