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The Hunt for the Death Valley Germans

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I think this is very interesting read from a many angles. One of them would be not to underestimate the "desert". It is a beautiful place yet very dangerous if you make a mistake. Second one is the proper search, reading clues and how important is to understand a person's mind when in death and life situation.

This is great read, however very tragic and sad. 

 

http://www.otherhand.org/home-page/search-and-rescue/the-hunt-for-the-death-valley-germans/

 

 

This is the tale of what for me was a rather remarkable adventure.  It was assembled on the basis of my personal recollection and experience, emails, GPS logs and some official documents.  It represents solely the perspective and opinions of myself, in my more lucid moments.  It is in no way intended to represent the position of the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit, nor any other agency mentioned.  Further, my usual writing style tends to be somewhat lighthearted and flippant, which would be somewhat at odds with the serious and tragic nature of the incident being reported.  I have attempted to remain sensitive to the underlying events, yet retain a certain level of casual narrative that some might find entertaining.  And if not entertaining, then at least informative.

As part of due diligence I need to add an important note.  In the past I’ve kept certain locations regarding this incident fairly well cloaked for a variety of reasons,  explained as  part of the narrative.  Mainly, it’s a very difficult, even dangerous, area to get into, and there are a lot of armchair desert adventurers possibly tempted to try it.  However in the interest of completeness I’ve decided to include images showing the  GPS tracks of the various search efforts.  I’ve also refrained from my favorite trick of photo-reversing images of the site.  What you see it what it was.  At this point, there is nothing left at the site for souvenir hunters, so I see no need for maintaining its secrecy. Anyone reading of the difficulties encountered in this search should consider any visitation very carefully. As a point of reference, if you’re not physically capable of doing a day hike to the top of Mount Whitney and back, and aren’t a skilled, off-trail hiker, you should stay out of this area.  My opinion, anyway. That’s a measure of how hard it is to get into the area on foot (and out, safely!).  At this point I know the location and surroundings probably better than anyone, and I’m not going back.  The area scares me just a bit.

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Yep, that guys site is fascinating.  The thought of that family wondering through the desert like that gives me chills.  Very sad.

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