Just a Heads up guys. A local jeep from the Bay Area went on a wheeling trip to Bodie and then down to Death Valley. If you are wheeling anywhere in the area keep your eyes out!
BLACK 2005 JEEP WRANGLER
CALIFORNIA LP# 5PWX466
LAST HEARD FROM ON 11-27-09
Article says he was in good health... that maybe true before the trip... but the Desert and it's elements does not go any eaiser on fit people... where is the commonsense? Hope they find him ok for his family's sake.
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Body of missing man found in Bodie State Park
Authorities believe Jay Lafontaine's Jeep got stuck in ravine
The body of a Pleasanton man who was reported missing after failing to return from a camping trip last week has been found more than 200 miles away from home in a park east of Yosemite National Park.
A Mono County search and rescue team notified Pleasanton police at 10:30 p.m. Thursday that 48-year-old Jay Lafontaine had been found in Bodie State Park, about three miles from where his black Jeep was found earlier in the day.
Lafontaine was expected to return home Dec. 2 and last spoke to his family via his cell phone on Nov. 27, the day he left for the trip, according to Pleasanton police.
Investigators believe Lafontaine's Jeep got stuck in a ravine. Footprints in the snow indicated he was trying to walk out of the area for assistance, police said.
Authorities indicated there were no signs of a struggle or foul play. The cause of his death hasn't been determined.
Very sad news indeed.
Wheeling alone is not a death sentence uless you are not prepared for the worst.
I have wheeled alone many times, but always planned for the worst. You may need to spend days in blistering heat or extreem cold, and possible injury.
I know many people that wheel alone, but they too are prepared.
It's important to be prepared for the worst even if you are with a group. Groups get stuck too, or you could get separated from them.
Walking out in his situation was one of several options. Obviously he was not prepared for it. Staying wiith your vehicle is the best option if somebody knows you are supposed to be home on a certain day.
Not only is your vehicle easier to spot, but it is a wealth of survival equipment and signaling sources.
Burning your spare tire will attract attention from the plume of black smoke, as well as warmth.
Think before you hit the trail, even with friends. What if your wheeling buddy drives off a cliff and dies, and your vehicle is stuck? What would you do? Are you familiar with the entire area you are wheeling in? Could you survive with your family indefinately? Can you protect yourself from predators? Everything.
Check your survival supplies in your Jeep. Make it all small and efficient, and portable.
Prayers go out to the family. RIP.
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