Mt. Whitney / Missing Hiker

On Sunday May 18, 2014, at about 8:40pm, Inyo County dispatch received a call regarding a missing hiker on Mt. Whitney.  The missing hiker, 57 year old Los Angeles man William Tseng, had not been seen since noon that day.

After interviewing William’s brother, Robert Tseng, it was determined that Robert, William, and two others left the Mt. Whitney trailhead at about 2:00am to day hike to Mt. Whitney.  After about ten hours of hiking, William became tired and stopped at Trail Camp to rest and adjust his crampons while the rest of the group continued on.  The hiking group completed their hike and began the descent down the trail – at no point did anyone see William.  Once back at the Whitney Portal parking lot, the hikers became even more concerned when William was not at the vehicle. The three hikers spoke with several people coming off the trail to try and determine if anyone had seen William.

On Monday May 19, 2014, at about 5:30am, five Inyo County Search and Rescue (SAR) team members drove to Mt. Whitney to start the search for William. By 8:00am, the SAR team located William walking down the trail towards Whitney Portal.  William was in good health and uninjured; he was escorted to Whitney Portal where he was reunited with his family.

Thank you Inyo County SAR for your response and hard work!