The Mystery of the Death Valley Germans - solved

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The Mystery of the Death Valley Germans - solved

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:45 pm

Being a newby around these here parts I had not heard about "the missing Germans a few decades back. This video appears to be a good concise documentary with the solution at the end.

In 1996, four Germans tourists disappeared in the Death Valley National Park. Leaving behind only their car, they seemingly ...

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Re: The Mystery of the Death Valley Germans - solved

Post by TrailHound » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:44 am

For a complete report by the guy who found their remains, go here:

http://www.otherhand.org/home-page/sear ... y-germans/

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Re: The Mystery of the Death Valley Germans - solved

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:33 pm

TrailHound wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:44 am
For a complete report by the guy who found their remains, go here:
Thanks for the link. I found his epilogue fascinating and informative.
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Re: The Mystery of the Death Valley Germans - solved

Post by Randy O » Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:53 am

Somebody printed the whole story and left a copy in the Geologist's cabin that my wife and I read one night while staying there. I don't know if it's still there or not but it was fascinating to read it and be in that same place where this happened.

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Re: The Mystery of the Death Valley Germans - solved

Post by TrailHound » Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:23 pm

Yes, it is fascinating and informative. We will be in Inyo County in three weeks. I hope I don't need to activate my PLB.
If I ever find myself in a dire situation in the backcountry of Inyo County and require rescue, I would crawl on bloody hands and knees over miles of jagged rock until I reached either the Kern or San Bernardino County lines. Then, and only then, would I set off my Personal Locator Beacon or SPOT device. A person needs to do everything possible to maximize survival….

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Re: The Mystery of the Death Valley Germans - solved

Post by D.A. Wright » Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:18 pm

How about a first person account from someone involved in the search and recovery.

http://www.otherhand.org/home-page/sear ... y-germans/
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Re: The Mystery of the Death Valley Germans - solved

Post by Grzldvt » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:46 pm

Wow, what a story, I got hooked and was up until 3AM reading it n intimate detail.
Thanks

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Post by TonyG » Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:19 pm

The searcher's story about his hunt for the predecessor of the Blackbird (SR-71) spy plane is incredibly fascinating as well; another 'wasted' evening guaranteed! ;-) He really has a gift of gab.

http://www.otherhand.org/home-page/area ... t-for-928/

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Re: The Mystery of the Death Valley Germans - solved

Post by B5nX1m9n » Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:38 pm

I also did a lot of research related to the lost Germans. I have a report, but do not know how to attach it to this reply. Please tell me or send an email at dphhasselman@gmail.com, so I can send you a copy. D. Hasselman.

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Re: The Mystery of the Death Valley Germans - solved

Post by Grzldvt » Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:29 pm

The report needs to be on the web(Google Drive works) and you can then create a link, but I am interested - grzldvt@pacbell.net

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Re: The Mystery of the Death Valley Germans - solved

Post by desertdryad » Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:59 am

Wow! That was interesting and engaging. I'm not usually one for this kind of story, but I'd always wondered about those German tourists... Thanks for posting!

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Some more perspective from another German

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:50 am

I cut and pasted the following comment written by a German tourist from a newly posted YouTube on the Lost Germans (link at bottom of this post). This helps me open my eyes how people not familiar with USA culture and terrain see things.

"I am German and was in Death Valley at 1989. I was with a organized tour so nothing happens to me, because they guide us on save path. I guess the self-organized tourist get the map wrong. At this days a road mapped in Germany means a road drivable with any vehicle. And then they made this error not turning when they saw the road was bad. Maby it was because they run out of fuel, money and time too.

For me, the desserts of the US was like another planet. I never could calculate risk from my experience. That must be the same thing for them. So they planed like in Germany and that was their last error"

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