Coming back into camp after first morning.
We found a sock near camp. Marked it with GPS and radioed those in charge. See below for more.
Heading out after lunch- we did morning and afternoon sessions as camp was the only place to water the horses.
Luke testing the new hi tie on the new trailer.
A rider coming into camp.
View from camp toward Dugway Proving Ground. The missing soldier had run out of gas up in the mountains, hiked til he could get cell phone coverage, and made several calls- last of which said he could see the lights at Dugway and was going to head that way.
We searched these mountains- where his car and baseball cap were found- some pretty gnarly climbs. We were told not to search the many caves and mine shafts in the area, they had previously been searched for the most part.
Unfortunately one of our team members got bucked off on the first morning. He walked most of the three miles back to the trailers from where he got dumped, leading his horse, happily some of the EMTs from the Incident Command came down to assist him the rest of the way. But he had to be helicoptered out.
Those of us trailered near where the helicopter was landing were asked to just untie and move them back a bit (helicopter pilots do not take spooky horses into consideration). And so we did- but Luke was in full grazing mode and did not pause to admire the helicopter's arrival.
He did watch it take off, while chewing.
So, the search dog came to check out the sock, as we were heading out for the afternoon. Nothing to it, probably a sheep herder's sock, but they checked out any article of clothing found. While he was there, we found a boot about 1/4 mile away, but that too was not likely related, probably an old miner's boot.
A tedious search, down to noting individual bones and marking their GPS location if one couldn't be sure of species. There are, by the way, a whole lot of sheep bones out there- and some deer and antelope too.
Sunset at camp.
First day, our team searched some hilly areas. Second day, they put two teams together and asked us to search the flats. The drill was to spread out 30 feet apart and do swaths across the assigned areas.
Getting lined up for another swath.
We went all the way to the south boundary of Dugway.
Bev and Luke
Luke enjoying some hobble time with new friends.