The search for a California hiker missing since Monday 4th November has ended after his body was found on top of a glacier in Sequoia and Kings National Park, CA.
Alan Stringer, 40, of Huntington Beach, was reported missing Monday evening when he didn’t return home after a hike, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Investigators found his body Thursday at the top of the Darwin Glacier, which is near the base of Mount Darwin.
“…was described as an experienced hiker … [who] recently purchased an ice ax and crampons, and participated in mountaineering training courses. Stringer was equipped for day-hiking only,” wrote the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook.
Stringer did not tell anyone his hiking plans or potential routes, and authorities said he’d recently bought hiking equipment and took mountaineering course. No calls were made from his phone after he began his hike, and although he was carrying an inReach GPS device, it wasn’t activated.
Inyo search and rescue crews deployed a helicopter during the search. No cause of death has been provided.
He leaves behind a wife who is 37 weeks pregnant with the couple’s first child. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to support her and the baby.