Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park officials are looking for a hiker who went missing after beginning a trip to Mt. Whitney on Monday.
John “Bum” Lee, 68, is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 128 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing light brown pants, a white hat, a light green or gray long-sleeve shirt and carrying a green Osprey backpack.
Lee left Whitney Portal with a group on Monday, park officials said, with the goal of hiking up to Mt. Whitney and returning by the end of the day. The hiking group stopped to sleep about half a mile from the top on Monday night. Lee left the hiking party on Tuesday to find a safer route to descend after finding the first route too difficult, one of Lee’s hiking companions told officials.
The other members of his party noticed his pack hanging off a granite ledge, officials said, and waited for Lee for hours. When he did not return, the group believed he might have gone back to the car.
A search was initiated on Wednesday, including aircraft. Sixty-six volunteers and staff have been assigned to search efforts Saturday, searching near where Lee’s pack was found.
Megan Ginise: 559-441-6614