Searchers Battle Whiteout Conditions Looking For Hiker

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

RENO, NV - Search and rescue teams are dealing with far worse conditions on Mount Rose as they continue to look for a missing hiker from Reno.

"It is still a rescue effort. We still believe he's somewhere up there," says Dept. Armando Avino of the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

Search and rescue teams will resume their search Wednesday morning for 55-year-old Rick Gentry of Reno. Crews have been hiking through the Galena Creek Forest since Sunday, but the weather is making things extremely difficult.

"Yesterday we had a pretty clear day. There wasn't much snowfall. We could actually see the road here and as you can see here now, it's a complete, almost white out," says Dep. Avina.

There's fierce wind and heavy snow and concerns over a possible avalanche. But that didn't stop the 11 hikers who went up Tuesday for a 12-hour shift. Seven agencies are pitching in, including five from Nevada and two from California.

"Whenever our agency requests help, people are so quick to jump in and assist," says Dep. Avina.

Search and rescue workers are getting even more assistance in the form of food and water from the Silver Legacy, where Gentry works as a bellman. Several of his friends stopped by the command center to check on the progress. They say he is an avid outdoorsman and he would be the first to volunteer in search efforts if someone else were lost.

Searchers have not found any other sign of Gentry since coming across his gloves, snowshoe, and other items on the mountain on Monday.


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