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Palo Alto woman found safe after missing for two days in Sierra National Forest

Original post made on Oct 20, 2021

After going missing for 48 hours and weathering 5 inches of new snow in the Sierra National Forest, a Palo Alto woman was found safe by a search and rescue team on Tuesday, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 6:10 PM

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Posted by Ken Toyama
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 20, 2021 at 8:52 am

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I was one of the hikers who were hiking with Jolly before we were separated.

Here successful rescue was the best possible outcome out of possibly a very dire situation involving new snow and sub-freezing temperature.

Kudo and appreciation to the Fresno Search & Rescue team with their dedication and service. Some of Jolly's hiking friends are making donations to Fresno Search & Rescue - the donation can be made on their web site Web Link


Posted by ALB
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 20, 2021 at 11:49 am

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Grateful Bose is safe and sound. October at these elevations can be more than challenging with freezing temperatures. Glad she was rescued.


Posted by TheMcGuires
a resident of another community
on Oct 21, 2021 at 12:20 am

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Hopefully Ms Bose or someone in her hiking party will take this opportunity to make this a learning opportunity for all of us who hike in the big spaces we have at our disposal: "don't do this, or that, or this other thing"! And "be prepared for the worst by having X, Y & Z".

Also, if Ms Bose did even just a few things right, let's hear about every one of those, as they may have made all the difference in her outcome. Journalists, this is for you to do now!

Thanks in advance.


Posted by Virginia Smedberg
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 21, 2021 at 4:26 am

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I agree w/ McGuires - I 'd love to know what she did right to survive! also what the party thinks happened that they got separated. Please ask if they'd be willing to divulge info to the rest of us so we can learn from their experience! I've twice been separated briefly from a hiking partner and it's a scary feeling - and in cold weather it's especially dangerous (one of the times I was thinking: what do I have in MY pack, of the things we were sharing on the trip, that will keep me alive til we reconnect)
AND donos to those S&R guys are definitely a good idea. They save us from our mistakes!


Posted by jhskrh
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 22, 2021 at 2:30 pm

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“Got separated”? Could you elaborate on that? The search area was at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet with snowy, icy conditions. How did she get separated? Were these people experienced? Thankfully none of 35 deputies or volunteers were injured.


Posted by jhskrh
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 22, 2021 at 2:37 pm

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Experienced hikers in these conditions would be taking headcount frequently. Who is paying for this rescue operation?

“The sheriff's office deployed several resources for the search, including planes, drones, horses, helicopters, jeeps and ATVs, according to the release. The agency also received assistance from Yosemite National Park, the California Office of Emergency Services and the Marin County Sheriff's Office's SAR team.”


Posted by Me
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 22, 2021 at 8:18 pm

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I'm really tired of these hikers getting lost and we the taxpayers have to pay for their stupidity. They should have to pay back the cost of finding them or spend time in community service.


Posted by TheMcGuires
a resident of another community
on Oct 22, 2021 at 10:26 pm

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I suggested in my earlier post that this is GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY for any journalist, anywhere nearby, to list the Do's & Don'ts, whether from interviews w/Ms. Bose, her companions, or another source, as these very dangerous months occur every year.

If that does not happen, I hope someone, even a reader, will post lists covering something similar from the Sierra Club, REI, or wilderness guidebooks. A new bunch of outdoors people matures, & explores, constantly; & always they need to find the cautionary tales, in any place they may happen to find them, if even by accident, to stay alive!


Posted by TheMcGuires
a resident of another community
on Oct 22, 2021 at 10:30 pm

TheMcGuires is a registered user.

I suggested in my earlier post that this is GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY for any journalist, anywhere nearby, to list the Do's & Don'ts, whether from interviews w/Ms. Bose, her companions, or another source, as these very dangerous months occur every year.

I will be disappointed if all in this party are too embarrassed by their outcome to be open to interviews. as much good could come from their lessons.

If that does not happen, though, I hope someone, even a reader, will post lists covering something similar from the Sierra Club, REI, or wilderness guidebooks.

A new bunch of outdoorsy people matures, & explores, constantly; & always they need to find the cautionary tales, in any place they may happen to find them, if even by accident, to stay alive should all plans fail!


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