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Search for missing hiker in TSV

On the 28th of July, Taos Search and Rescue participated in a search for a female hiker who had been reported missing after failing to return to camp. Two female hikers were staying at a cabin on Twining Road in Taos Ski Valley. The pair hiked up Bull of Woods trail and put their tent somewhere around Bull of Woods pasture (near the intersection of trail to Gold Hill), spending Saturday night in this camp. The next day, they planned to summit Gold Hill and then return to their camp at Bull of Woods by Sunday afternoon, for a return to their Ski Valley cabin on Monday.

One hiker came down Sunday around 6 PM and said that she had not seen her friend since somewhere below Gold Hill. The reporting hiker had become worried and hiked out, not to the camp, but to TSV, and not along way they had come, but down the “Long Hill Canyon” trail.

At about 12:30AM on Monday a team from Los Alamos, and a team of two from TSAR (Roy Dunlap/Brady Coleman) left TSV, hiking up Bull of Woods to the area around Bull of Woods pasture. TSAR and Los Alamos spent 2 hours trying to find the tent at the location the reporting hiker said it would be without success. The team split up; the Los Alamos team went up Gold Hill trail towards Goose Lake, and Gold Hill. TSAR hiked down Bull of Woods Road then up the Long Hill Canyon trail, towards Gold Hill from the direction the reporting hiker had hiked out. TSAR eventually turned around and headed back to base camp, arriving at base at about 6 AM.

At base, IC told TSAR that they had a GPS location of the missing hiker’s cell phone (she couldn’t call but had tried) and had traced it to the ‘camp’ at Bull of Woods Pasture. The missing hiker had returned to the camp as planned, and spent the night there.

Brady Coleman and Nate Berkopec prepared this mission report. Roy Dunlap and Brady Coleman responded to this mission from TSAR. Also responding was a team from Los Alamos.