Julian Sands missing while hiking on California's treacherous Mount Baldy - Deadline

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UPDATED with details on research: Search and rescue teams are looking today for British actor Julian Sands, who disappeared in the San Gabriel Mountains over the weekend. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is looking for Sands in the Baldy Bowl area of ​​Mt. Baldy since he was reported missing on Friday, January 13th at 7:30 pm.

By SBCSD:

On January 15, 2023, phone pings showed that Sands was headed to the Mount Baldy area. Additional phone pings from the cell provider were attempted, but to no avail, due to lack of cell service and likely cell phone power failure. A delayed ping on the Sands’ Apple iPhone operating system, dated January 14, 2023, provided a possible location on one of the trails leading to the summit of Mount Baldy. This area has been surveyed by ground and helicopter surveyors. Ground and air searchers were unable to locate any evidence in this area that would help in locating Mr. Sands.

Sands, 65, from North Hollywood, is an experienced climber and has climbed the Swiss Andes and Alps. He has appeared in movies like Warlock, Ocean’s Thirteen, The Killing Fields, A Room with a View, Arachnofobia and Leaving Las Vegas.

The actor told The Guardian in 2020 that he was happiest when “near the summit of a mountain on a cold morning” and had aspirations of climbing “a remote peak high in the Himalayas, like Makalu”. He said the closest he came to dying was “In the early ’90s, in the Andes, caught in a raging storm above 20,000 feet with three others. We were all very bad. Some guys next to us died; we got lucky.”

The search for Sands was cut short Saturday night when avalanche hazards and dangerous trail conditions developed at the 10,000-foot peak. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department pulled ground crews in search of Sands from the mountain.

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

A spokesperson for the sheriff’s department urged others to avoid Mt. The Baldy area, saying it is “very dangerous, even for the skilled hiker”. At least three people have died while climbing the mountain over the past six years. More recently, Crystal Paula Gonzalez-Landas died after falling on an icy slope, according to the LA Times.

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

PREVIOUSLY on Wednesday: British actor Julian Sands disappeared while walking the 3,000 meters of Mount Baldy in Southern California, located northeast of Los Angeles.

San Bernardino County authorities are looking for Sands, 65, who was reported missing on Friday. It 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 was difficult and use of air assets was limited over the weekend,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “The search continues with air assets and further updates will be given when available.”

Sands has appeared in films such as Warlock, Ocean’s Thirteen, The Killing Fields, A Room with a View, Arachnofobia and Leaving Las Vegas.

The quest takes place 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 and around Mount Baldy,” police said in a press release via Facebook on Wednesday.

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

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

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

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