SoCal hiker found in good condition after going missing on Mt. Pinos just before winter storm

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Thursday, February 17, 2022
Search for missing 73-year-old hiker on Mt. Pinos set to resume
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A search is expected to resume Thursday for a 73-year-old hiker who went missing near Mount Pinos, just before winter weather hit the region.

LOS ANGELES -- A 73-year-old hiker was found safe Thursday after going missing days earlier near Mount Pinos, which sits on the border between Ventura and Kern counties, officials said.

"MR. SONG HAS BEEN FOUND!" the Ventura County East Valley Search and Rescue team tweeted shortly before 12:30 p.m. referring to Gab Song. "He is in good condition."

Song had last been seen early Tuesday when he went for a hike -- just before a bout of winter weather slammed Southern California, bringing a drop in temperatures and snow to local mountains.

Mount Pinos is just west of Frazier Park, where temperatures were near-freezing Thursday morning. Search and rescue teams resumed looking for Song at dawn.

It's those conditions that had Song's family worried.

"Once we knew that his phone was off, we just kept calling and by the time it was 10 p.m., started getting worried - really worried... Definitely a feeling of crazy urgency, knowing that the temperatures are going to be in the teens," said his son, Mike Song, who is a co-founder of the dance group The Kinjaz.

Song's family describe him as an avid outdoorsman, but said he was only dressed for a daytime hike. Song also suffers from high-blood pressure.

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