Thursday, July 17, 2008

Missing Bishop Pass hiker found...dead

A man's body found in a remote section of the eastern Sierra Nevada Wednesday has been positively identified as missing hiker Ric DeVan, his father said Thursday.

A memorial fund has been set up for DeVan's family. Contributions may be made to the Ric DeVan Memorial Fund at North Island Credit Union, P.O. Box 85833, San Diego, CA 92186. The account number is 116774574.
DeVan, 44, was found about one mile east of his last known location, where he signed a register at the 13,085-foot summit of Mount Goode and noted that he planned to hike to Mount Johnson, said DeVan's father, who is also named Ric DeVan and lives in Santee.

The mountain is located in the Bishop Pass/Treasure Lakes area of Inyo County west of Bishop and encompasses the Inyo National Forest and Kings Canyon National Park. - San Diego Union Tribune

I have hiked all over this area. It's really not remote, and rather busy this time of year. You really can't camp without someone tramping through your site at some point. Still, my heart goes out to the family. The press just makes this sound like some crazy adventure area that it's not. You can't get lost here, but, as anywhere, you can fall.

This is from from bdidder, the man who found Ric’s pack:

I found Ric’s packback around 4:40 pm Tues afternoon below a summit SouthEast of Mt. Goode that many call Mt. No Goode. The pack was at the base of a steep and very loose gully that dropped directly from the summit blocks to the talus field below. Initially I tried to climb up the gully to see if I could locate him but poor weather and loose and falling rocks prevented me from going further up into the gully. His body was located and recovered yesterday several hundred feet above where his backpack was found. It appears he fell from close to the summit or perhaps had tried to descend the gully and fell. Regardless it is a terrible loss and my heart and prayers go out to Ric’s family and friends.

Here are pics from my 2003 trip:

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