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JT17, 2/27/2011

Date:  2/27/2011

Participants:  Tom Mahood

General search area:  Quail Springs Picnic Area to Upper Lang Canyon cell areas

Rationale for searching this area:  

To check out approximately eight holes, varying in size from 6 to 8 acres,  in our cumulative ground coverage of Upper Johnny Lang Canyon

Impressions of area and findings:

The usual, rough, rocky terrain associated with Upper Lang Canyon.  The topography is such that sightlines are limited and a lot of time must be spent looking around rock piles and in the nooks and crannies.

Coverage level:

At this point we felt the upper portions of Johnny Lang Canyon had been adequately covered.


A couple months later, on April 15-17, Lang Canyon was further saturated by searchers who were doing a SAR training exercise.  Several teams (including Sierra Madre, RMRU and JOSAR) combined to perform a mock search, and decided to locate their “lost victim” in the general area of Lang Mine/Lang Canyon.  Part of the consideration in selecting this location was to put more searchers in the general area that Bill disappeared, an excellent dual use idea.  Given the extensive ground coverage Lang Canyon has received (as well as considerable use by the public), it now appears highly unlikely that Bill could be there.  As a result, we began to focus on other areas we initially considered less probable.

GPS mileage submitted for this trip:  7.6 miles

Cumulative GPS mileage submitted to date:  266.8 miles

JT17 GPS tracks (T. Mahood)

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