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Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Missing hiker in the North Cascades on 10/31/2012 16:22:39 MDT Print View

Copied from today's PCT_List forum:

"Any of you guys that hiked north out of Dinsmores around Oct 17th or later....we are looking for Ian Sarmento, "I'm Fine". He was the last one out of here NOBO. Has not picked up mail at Stehekin yet. Has not checked in anywhere. He left here on Oct 17th. Please contact me if you hiked north from here or saw him on the trail before or after Stehekin. I spoke to his Mom and she heard from Ian on October 14th. SAR has been called. He only took food for 6-7 days. His pic is up on the Class of 2012 on the PCT Facebook page. Need any info we can get.



Andrea Dinsmore

The North Cascades have been hit almost continuously by heavy rain and snow since early October. Through-hikers are a dedicated lot; you hate to stop 150 miles short of your 2600 mile goal, but have to know when to quit and be willing to do so.

Dena Kelley

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
Re Missing hiker in the North Cascades on 10/31/2012 16:30:18 MDT Print View

That's 4 missing/SAR incidents I've heard of for the West coast hiking in the past week. :(

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Try posting on regional forum on 10/31/2012 17:36:17 MDT Print View

I strongly recommend you post this info on, a Seattle-area hiking forum.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Re: Try posting on regional forum on 10/31/2012 18:04:05 MDT Print View

I'm not a member there. Please feel free to copy my post and post it there yourself.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Missing hiker in the North Cascades on 11/01/2012 17:11:08 MDT Print View

Somebody beat me to it, and there are quite a few comments there, mostly just concern but some may be useful. One of the posters there is from the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, so that thread is being watched by SAR. There is a phone number to contact for those with information.

I hope he's found!

Edited by hikinggranny on 11/01/2012 17:13:33 MDT.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Missing PCT hiker-more info on 11/01/2012 18:55:09 MDT Print View

The thread on now contains more info, including a photo of the missing hiker and a post from the last people to have seen him. The URL is in my post just previous to this.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
I'm Fine reported found! on 11/02/2012 16:13:47 MDT Print View

It was reported on this afternoon that "I'm Fine" has been found. No details yet. It will be interesting to hear his story.

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Re: I'm Fine reported found! on 11/02/2012 16:22:46 MDT Print View

Thanks Mary!

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
No longer missing hiker in the North Cascades on 11/02/2012 17:24:58 MDT Print View

It seems he walked into Stehekin today, a week overdue, after 5 days of no food. Still not much detail, but lots of sources including the PCT Class of 2012 Facebook group with posts from Chelan County SAR and the hiker's mother. (I'm not on Facebook, so got all this from the thread).

Edited by hikinggranny on 11/02/2012 17:25:42 MDT.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Happy Ending on 11/02/2012 18:11:28 MDT Print View

I'm very glad this story had a happy ending.

Yes 1000
Arrogant Hikers on 11/02/2012 22:50:12 MDT Print View

Seriously hiking and backpacking isn't an adventure sports, people like this missing hiker and another one in the Sierra's think they are some sort of dare devils and just cause too much anxiety to their loved ones and also make us winch our face for a moment when reading these missing hiker threads. Can't even think about all the tax payers money, time and effort of SAR teams to find this arrogant people. I'm glad he is found and not sure if the Sierra hiker will have the same luck (read that the SAR is being called off) but still loonies like these should be censored and discouraged to keep them sane.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Missing hiker in the North Cascades on 11/02/2012 23:56:22 MDT Print View

people like this missing hiker and another one in the Sierra's think they are some sort of dare devils

So you personally know these people , do you ?
well tell us exactly what happened then .
What went wrong ?

Yes 1000
Hey Franco on 11/03/2012 00:27:33 MDT Print View

read the last but one post on nwhikers where few people tried convincing this guy to camp for the day..also read the poster regrets that he should have been more convincing, its good he was found but think if he came back in a body bag, those people who suggested him to camp would have felt a lot worse..

same with the hiker who has not been found in the sierra's, I read his posts where he boasts about not having a map, compass when he goes on hikes. I can dig the thread for you tomorrow..

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Re: Missing hiker in the North Cascades on 11/03/2012 00:29:24 MDT Print View

Judging from the posts on several forums regarding the attitude, experience, and hiking styles of the men involved, this hiker is different from the one in the Sierra. I have also hiked this same section of the PCT, albeit without the snow.

Yes, he knowing headed out into tough country and in-coming weather, confident he could make it through. He did, albeit taking far longer than he had planned and carried food for. He paid for this miscalculation by going the last 5 days without food. Try that while walking 90 miles through snow and buried trail in a roadless wilderness where you know you are the only one likely to be out there. You really have to know what you're doing and be able to keep your wits about you at all times.

The fact that he did make it unaided through the snow and some of the toughest terraine on the PCT testifies to the level of his outdoor skills and gear choices, and also validates his initial premise for continuing in the first place.

After she finishes hugging and kissing him, his mother may well break his little neck for scaring the dejeebers out of her that way. I suspect he won't be sitting down for several days. I'm sure SAR will have a few comments for him as well, although I'm sure they're pleased with the outcome too.

Clint Hollingsworth

Locale: North Central Wa State
Glad he was found on 11/09/2012 15:13:10 MST Print View

I'm just glad he was found. This is one of the problems I have with the take "just enough" food and water advocates.