It sounds daunting, even if you happen to be an experienced climber. But familiar with the area, Tom Fennessy set off to do it at age 55. Alone.
Three days later, he has not been heard from, prompting a joint search by the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Fennessy was last seen early Wednesday, according to a National Park Service news release, when he left companions at Sam Mack Meadow in Inyo National Forest. His goal was to complete the Thunderbolt Peak to Mount Sill Traverse, which is the border between Inyo National Forest and Kings Canyon National Park.
Thunderbolt Peak is 14,003 feet. Mount Sill has an elevation of 14,154 feet. There are three other 14,000-foot peaks along the way.
Familiar with the area, he was expected to return late that night; his companions reported him overdue the following day.
Fennessy is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and last seen wearing an orange jacket, red climbing helmet, a yellow and green backpack and black pants.
Members of the climbing community are being asked for guidance, given the “highly technical nature of the terrain.”