Julian Sands Missing While Hiking On California’s Treacherous Mt. Baldy – Deadline

Update with details on the searchSearch and rescue teams are currently searching for British actor Julian Sands, who went missing in the San Gabriel Mountains last weekend. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has been searching for Sands in the Baldy Bowl area of ​​Mount Baldy since she was reported missing on Friday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m.

According to SBCSD:

On January 15, 2023, phone pings showed that Sands was heading for the Baldi Mountain area. Additional phone pings from the cell provider were attempted but were unsuccessful, due to lack of cell service and frequent cell phone power failures. A late ping via Sands’ Apple iPhone operating system, from January 14, 2023, provided a possible location on one of the trails leading to the summit of Mount Baldy. The area was checked by ground searchers and helicopters. Ground and air searchers were unable to find any evidence in the area that would help locate Mr Sands.

Sands, 65, a resident of North Hollywood, is an experienced hiker and has climbed the Andes and Swiss Alps. He has appeared in such films Warriors, Thirteen of the Seas, Killing Fields, A Room with a View, Arachnophobia And Leaving Las Vegas.

The actor told The Guardian in 2020 that he was happiest when “on a cold morning near the top of a mountain” and that he had aspirations of climbing “a high Himalayan peak, like Makalu”. He said the closest he came to dying was “in the early ’90s, in the Andes, with three others caught in a brutal storm above 20,000 feet.” We were all in a very bad way. Some people were killed near us. We were lucky.”

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The search for Sands was interrupted Saturday night when avalanche threats and dangerous trail conditions developed at the 10,000-foot peak. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department sent ground crews searching for Sands from the mountain.

The search continues with helicopters and drones, and ground crews will resume when weather conditions improve, according to the Times.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department urged others to avoid the Mount Baldy area, saying it is “very dangerous, even for experienced hikers.” At least three people have died while climbing the mountain in the last six years. Crystal Paula Gonzalez-Landis recently died after falling down an avalanche, according to the LA Times.

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Authorities are also looking for Bob Gregory from Hawthorne, who was reported missing by family members on Monday, ABC 7 reports. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s San Dames Station said the search for Gregory is in the Crystal Lake area of ​​the Gabriel Mountains.

earlier on WednesdayLos Angeles (Sports News) British actor Julian Sands has gone missing while hiking on the 10,000-foot Mount Baldy in Southern California, northeast of Los Angeles.

Authorities in San Bernardino County are searching for Sands, age 65, who went missing on Friday. He is believed to be on the Baldy Bowl Trail, a popular spot in the San Gabriel Mountains.

“Due to severe weather and alpine conditions, the search became difficult and the use of air resources was limited over the weekend,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “The search is ongoing with aerial resources and further updates will be provided when available.”

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Sands has appeared in such films Warriors, Thirteen of the Seas, Killing Fields, A Room with a View, Arachnophobia And Leaving Las Vegas.

The search comes amid harsh weather conditions in the mountains.

“Over the past four weeks, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) teams have responded to 14 rescue missions in Mt Baldy and the surrounding area,” police said in a news release via Facebook on Wednesday.

“These rescue missions are for the lost, stranded and/or injured. Unfortunately, during these last 4 weeks, two hikers did not survive after falling and injuring themselves,” it added.

Police reiterated that the weather on the mountain is “adverse and extremely dangerous”, amid high winds and recent severe storms in the state.

“The snow has turned to snow making hiking extremely dangerous,” the sheriff’s department said.


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