CALIFORNIA: The Long Search

The brooding, majestic Sierra Nevada range that thrusts up between the valleys of California and the deserts to the east has on occasion been a deadly barrier to man's fragile aircraft. Confident jets and older prop jobs overfly it every day, but hidden among the Sierra Nevada's rocky gorges and forested slopes rests the remains of other planes that struck the range's towering peaks or plunged to earth in wild, relentless winter storms.

Campers and hikers in the Sierra Nevada used to encounter a husky, grim-faced man who haunted the mountains on an endless search, traveling...

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