A hiker was found deceased on the eastern slope of Mt. Whitney on Saturday, October 31. He set out for the summit on Sunday, October 25 via the main trail which originates at Whitney Portal. The experienced 73-year old man was last seen near Trailcrest, roughly 1.5 miles from the summit, in the late afternoon on Sunday. He was reportedly struggling but still ascending when last seen. A coordinated search began on Tuesday in bad weather after he did not return to his car at the trailhead. The cause of death has yet to be publicized.
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