Updated: Hiker Comes Home, Search Ends

An elderly hiker left Saturday morning and was supposed to return Saturday night, authorities said. The morning search ended when he showed up at home.

Update: The sought-after hiker arrived home at around 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning unharmed, according to Robert Klusman of Sierra Madre Search and Rescue. Search teams are pulling out.

Previous: A 73-year-old hiker from Arcadia who left Chantry Flat Saturday morning and has yet to return has triggered a search effort from the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team and the Sheriff's Department Sunday morning. Authorities are searching the Chantry Flat area along with areas around Mount Wilson, with aid from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station.

"He normally does these day trips (to Mount Wilson) every Saturday," said Lt. Tom McNeil of the Temple City Station, which watches the Chantry Flat area. "We don't know if he ever made it up the mountain … we're assuming he did, since it's part of his routine."

Patch will follow up with the search. Check back for any updates.

Revvell January 03, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I'm with C Nash here.... Just because the U.S. Census classifies people that way, doesn't mean it's correct or accurate. I may perceive myself as an "elder" to those younger than myself yet, elderly? Nahhhh! Not going for it. And yeah, that's exactly what I envision when I hear the term elderly ~ ".... weak, frail, infirm, disabled, or sedentary." What do you hear/envision?
Patrick Lee January 03, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Revvell and C Nash: You raise interesting points. The terms "elderly," "senior citizen" and the like are euphemisms for "old," which as we know is in the eye of the beholder. Age, as they say, is just a number, right? What term do you prefer to describe your age cohort? Or perhaps you'd prefer that people "of a certain age" not be lumped together in a catchall category? What does anyone else think?
Revvell January 03, 2012 at 07:17 PM
"What term do you prefer to describe your age cohort?" Whatever their name is. Why label them/us?
CitizenK January 04, 2012 at 12:41 AM
The search and rescue teams involved in this search are volunteers who willingly give of their time and expertise to help individuals in need. Sierra Madre Search and Rescue receives tremendous support via donations from Sierra Madre and around southern California. Rescue teams are concerned that pushing the idea of "pay for your rescue" may make a bad situation worse. http://www.mra.org/images/stories/docs/MRAChargePosition.pdf The snowboarders who were fined broke trespassing laws and were subjected to penalties under those laws. No comments on the use of "elderly"..... :)
Gale January 04, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Age is a state of mind..my oldest son just turned 47.. I called him on his birthday and asked how he could be the same age as I am??!! I have taken 71 trips around the sun, but as my wife had etched on my IPad "70 is the new 40" However, when I dropped my iPad in Dec & took it to Apple store to se if glass could be replaced, they gave me a new one - FREE. I received an email from Apple the next day memorializing the transaction . At the bottom was comment entered by the store clerk: " Elderly man dropped his IPad , recommend free replacement. " - so I guess aging has its advantages after all. Keep smiling


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