Search Continues For Missing Carson Hiker in Sierra

By: AP & KOLO staff Email
By: AP & KOLO staff Email
Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong says Inyo County search crews are still looking for a missing hiker.

Professional photo of Dr. Gary Dankworth from Dr. Dankworth went missing Saturday while hiking the Sierra Nevada.

CARSON CITY, NV - Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong says Inyo County search crews are still looking for a missing hiker, with more searchers expected to be added Wednesday morning.

Authorities are searching for a hiker who vanished after telling friends he planned to solo climb a nearly 14,000-foot peak in the Sierra Nevada.

Inyo County sheriff's spokeswoman Carma Roper says rescuers on Monday sought 60-year-old Gary Dankworth. Roper confirmed Dankworth is a doctor from Carson City.

The doctor was reported missing on Sunday, July 29. The search began that day around 1:20pm.

Dr. Dankworth is 60 years old, has black/gray hair, and a moustache. He was last seen wearing a light gray hat, a tan long sleeve shirt, light gray pants, red boots and a day-pack.

We called the office of Dr. Dankworth in Carson City and workers there didn't want to comment.

Dankworth left friends camped Saturday afternoon at Finger Lake in the John Muir Wilderness of Inyo National Forest to summit nearby, 13,855-foot Norman Clyde peak, a difficult climb in the rugged Palisades section of the Sierra that contains four of California's highest peaks.

Climbers must scramble off trail over boulder fields, past glaciers and along a ridge with steep drops to reach the base of the steep mountain to begin the actual ascent.

When Dankworth failed to return by Sunday morning, his friends hiked out and called for help.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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