For British actor Julian Sands, who went lacking Friday whereas mountaineering close to Mount Baldy within the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles, nearing the summit of a mountain “on a bright cold morning” introduced him his best happiness.
In a 2020 interview, the 65-year-old actor identified for “A Room With a View,” TV’s “24” and “Arachnophobia,” spoke poetically about his love of climbing — within the Alps, the Andes or within the mountains close to his house in Los Angeles. Sands stated climbing wasn’t about ego or a “great heroic sprint for the summit.” Rather, he stated, it’s “about supplication and sacrifice and humility,” “the eradication of one’s self consciousness,” and discovering concord with the surroundings.
But Sands’ love of climbing additionally introduced him near dying as soon as earlier than, as he instructed The Guardian in 2020. It was within the early Nineteen Nineties, he stated: “In the Andes, caught in an atrocious storm above 20,000 feet with three others. We were all in a very bad way. Some guys close to us perished; we were lucky.”
Sands’ household and pals, together with individuals within the leisure trade, hope he’ll be fortunate once more. However, he’s been lacking for six days since ascending the ten,068-foot mountain, about 40 miles east of Los Angeles, in what the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has known as “extremely dangerous” winter climate situations. In the previous 4 weeks, two different hikers have died in falls on or close to Mount Baldy, and the sheriff’s search and rescue workforce has launched 14 rescue missions on the mountain and in surrounding areas.
“Due to the high winds, the snow has turned to ice making hiking extremely dangerous,” the sheriff’s division stated. “Sheriff’s search and rescue efforts are often hampered by poor weather along with dangerous avalanche conditions. The recent storms that brought the snow and ice conditions are not favorable for hikers, even those that feel they have a high level of experience.”
Sands was reported lacking by his household round 7:30 p.m. Friday, and a automobile, believed to belong to “The Killing Fields” actor, was discovered Wednesday night, the Daily Mail reported. On Thursday, Sands’ three grownup kids joined in a floor seek for their father, with Sands’ son Henry reportedly retracing the route his father is believed to have taken, together with the help of an skilled climber.
Nighttime temperatures within the space have remained within the the mid-20s over the previous week, Variety reported. As the sheriff’s division stated, deputies needed to abandon a floor seek for Sands on Saturday as a storm moved in, and it has not been secure to ship groups again out on the bottom since. Instead, they’ve been utilizing helicopters and drones of their search.
It hasn’t but been reported whether or not search groups know which route Sands was following. Others who’ve hiked on Mount Baldy, also called Mount San Antonio, have written concerning the dangers of attempting to summit the mountain within the winter. On his Trail to Peak weblog, Drew Robinson stated winter adventurers may attempt the “steep and challenging Baldy Bowl route.” But he stated, “I cannot stress enough the importance of safety on this route. Do not attempt this hike without the proper gear and training. You should at the very least have an ice axe and crampons. You may also want to consider a helmet.”
A lady who was trekking alongside the Baldy Bowl path died Jan. 8, 5 days earlier than Sands went lacking, when she slid on ice and fell from an estimated 500- to 700-foot-high ledge, CBS Los Angeles reported. Crystal Paula Gonzalez had documented her hike up Mount Baldy on Facebook, detailing the damaging situations as a column of ice rolled downhill previous her. The mom of 4 determined it was so unsafe she determined to show again however then she fell and hit a tree.
In a 2020 interview with Thrive Global, Sands stated he was “blessed with curiosity,” which assist fueled his love of mountaineering. He additionally described happening a 70-mile trek via the Santa Monica Mountains and the humility he felt out of working out of water however finishing the path.
“One thrives on enthusiasm, curiosity, humility, in that if one stays humble you don’t have the baggage of expectation and entitlement,” Sands stated. “I mean, two days ago, I was just an old guy begging people for water at a trail head in the Santa Monica mountains. Who cares if you’re a film person, I was just someone very grateful for the kindness of strangers.”