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Another hiker dies in DV - how'd we miss this one?

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:13 pm
by Death Valley Dazed
I did a forum search for this man, found nothing so am assuming we missed the news of his death.

Neil Malloch, San Francisco volunteer historian, found dead in Death Valley

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/art ... 060066.php

Some notes from the article:

"He also spent a summer in a metal park service trailer in Death Valley in an attempt to measure and record the hottest day in California history. He recorded 127 degrees, 7 shy of the record.

So it was no surprise that he would set off hiking alone in the Panamint Valley at 2:30 p.m. on June 21, in spite of his age and in spite of warnings by a camping partner not to go. When he did not return, he was reported missing at the Lone Pine Sheriff’s Substation. It took two days and an aerial search to locate his body in Thompson Canyon and to retrieve it by lowering a hoist from a helicopter."

Here's a picture of Thompson Canyon in the Argus Range with Telescope Peak in the background.

http://www.drycyclist.com/hiking/picture.php?/8018

Well, at least he went out doing what he loved.

Re: Another hiker dies in DV - how'd we miss this one?

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:54 pm
by jacknv7
Here is the press release from the Inyo County Sheriff's Office...

http://www.inyosheriff.org/wp-content/u ... covery.pdf

Re: Another hiker dies in DV - how'd we miss this one?

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:24 pm
by Death Valley Dazed
jacknv7 wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:54 pm
Here is the press release from the Inyo County Sheriff's Office...
Sadly, this was not the helicopter ride he was planning on. I bet after a few days in that Death Valley heat the poor fella's body did not weigh much due to desiccation. Thanks for posting that report.

Re: Another hiker dies in DV - how'd we miss this one?

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:20 pm
by wbdeford
Since this was outside the National Park, they may not have said anything about it. I remember reading this on an Inyo County Sheriff's Office facebook page. (There is also a U.S. Forest Service - Inyo National Forest facebook page that is worth following.)