Authorities search for missing Carson hiker
July 31, 2012
BIG PINE, Calif (AP) – Authorities are searching for a Carson City doctor who vanished after telling friends he planned to solo climb a nearly 14,000-foot peak in the Sierra Nevada.
Inyo County sheriff’s spokeswoman Carma Roper says rescuers on Monday sought 60-year-old Gary Dankworth, a family physician from Carson City.
He left friends Saturday afternoon camped at Finger Lake in the John Muir Wilderness of Inyo National Forest to climb 13,855-foot Norman Clyde peak, a difficult endeavor in a rugged Palisades section of the Sierra containing four of California’s highest peaks.
Climbers must scramble off trail over boulder fields, past glaciers and along a ridge with steep drops to reach the base of the mountain just to begin the ascent.
When Dankworth failed to return Sunday morning, his friends hiked out and called for help.