Found Alive WA - Jerren Fisher, 26, solo hiker, Olympic National Park, ~16 Sep 2021

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  1. hibachai

    hibachai Well-Known Member

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    "A search is currently underway for a backpacker reported overdue in Olympic National Park. Jerren Fisher is a 26-year-old male and is 5’11” tall, 200 pounds, with light brown hair in a ponytail and a thick red beard. Fisher is known to hike in tie dye t-shirts and bright colors. His last known location is the Graves Creek Trailhead in the Quinault Rain Forest.

    Fisher had a wilderness permit for September 8-12 and was planning on camping at Enchanted Valley, Marmot Lake, Camp Pleasant, and Sundown Lake. He was reported overdue to park dispatch on September 16 by a family member. Park rangers located Fisher’s vehicle at the Graves Creek Trailhead.

    If you were in the area of Enchanted Valley, North Fork Skokomish Trail or Six Ridge between 9/8-9/16, or have any information regarding this individual, please call or text the tip line at 888-653-0009. Information from other day hikers and backpackers is often extremely valuable during searches.

    CALL or TEXT the ISB Tip Line 888-653-0009"


    Search underway for overdue backpacker - Olympic National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

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    Search continues for overdue backpacker - Olympic National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

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    Fisher was reported overdue to park dispatch on Thursday, September 16 by a family member. Park rangers then located Fisher’s vehicle at the Graves Creek Trailhead and initiated a hasty search. Search and rescue personnel hiked into the wilderness that afternoon from the Graves Creek Trailhead towards Sundown Lake following Fisher’s itinerary in reverse as well as from the North Fork Skokomish Trail. National Park Service personnel who were already in the wilderness assisted with the search between Marmot Lake and Camp Pleasant. Olympic Mountain Rescue also joined the search efforts on Thursday and worked in the area of Six Ridge and the Seven Stream drainage area.

    The search continued Friday despite efforts being hampered by the cold, rainy and windy weather. Search teams covered from Sundown Lake to South Fork Skokomish Trail via Sundown Pass, Sundown Lake to the North Fork Skokomish Trail via Six Ridge Pass, and the North Fork Skokomish Trail from Staircase to Six Ridge.

    The focus of today’s operation includes searching the Wynoochee Pass Trail and the switchbacks in the Seven Stream area. Teams in the field are made up of Olympic Mountain Rescue and Tacoma Mountain Rescue volunteers with assistance from NPS personnel, Washington State Search and Rescue Planning Unit, and North Cascades National Park. Interviews are being conducted with backpackers who had wilderness permits in the areas on Fisher’s itinerary.

    A storm system continues to move through the Olympic Peninsula and has created unfavorable conditions for the use of aviation search resources.

    [...]

    https://twitter.com/OlympicNP/status/1439377189120663559

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  3. GraceG

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    I hope he has more gear with him than the light backpack in the picture with a T shirt. Temps are in the upper 50's and down in the 40's at night. Add in wind and rain and one could easily succumb to hypothermia. Survival Dispatch » Freezing to Death in 60-Degree Weather Here's hoping the weather improves enough they can get some aerial SAR flights going.
     
  4. j_in_c

    j_in_c Well-Known Member

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    I have never hiked there but I believe enchanted valley has at least one if not more huts. I am hoping he was well -equipped since he planned for multiple overnights. Would love to hear from any of our other outdoorsy members who are familiar with these trails. All the best to SAR teams, still hopeful for a good outcome here.
     
  5. Brothershamus

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    Yeah the weather looked pretty gnarly over the weekend up there but will hopefully clearing out soon for them. I know the area pretty well and all the trails on his route are fairly well used and maintained except the final stretch from camp pleasant to sundown lake known as six ridge. That trail is a rarely used overgrown boot path that is virtually non existent in places and you'd be lucky to cross paths with someone there in the middle of summer. It should really only be attempted by people with great route finding skills. I'm not sure how well he knows the area, but I wonder if he if he saw the trail on the map and didn't realize that it was in such bad shape.
     
  6. kae27

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    Found safe!

    "UPDATE 9/19 8:30 pm: Jerren Fisher was located by National Park Service search and rescue teams in the area of Six Ridge and a U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest helicopter was called in for assistance to reach him. The helicopter hoisted and transported Fisher, who was in stable condition, to EMS at Olympia Regional Airport for medical evaluation and care. Thank you to all involved in this successful outcome! A news release with further details will follow in the morning."
     
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    Great news!!
     
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    hibachai Well-Known Member

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    Yay!! They also report he was "well-prepared" for the situation he found himself in. Happy he took precautions!
     
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