He survived an avalanche on Everest. Then he disappeared on a California mountain.

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He survived an avalanche on Everest only to disappear in California

No matter someone’s experience level, no matter the mountain, anyone can go on a day hike and never be seen again. Nine people remain unfound in California’s Sequoia and Kings National Parks.

People look like specks in the rugged and steep terrain of the Sierra Nevada's Split Mountain, where experienced hiker Quang Thân disappeared on Aug. 21, 2022.

Quang Thân had summitted some of the world’s tallest peaks: Kilimanjaro, Aconagua, Denali. He had attempted Everest twice and survived an avalanche there in 2005. He was a man at ease in the wilderness, accustomed to extremes.

His extensive experience makes what happened to Thân even more confounding. During a day hike on a much lesser-known California mountain he previously summitted, Thân seemingly vanished. 

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