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4 mountain bikers missing in California mountains

Government Shutdown Forces Closings In Southern California
ALTADENA, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles County authorities are searching for four mountain bikers who went missing over the weekend in the San Gabriel Mountains.

The men began their ride Sunday morning near Mount Wilson in the Angeles National Forest but failed to return in the afternoon as planned. Family members found their cars at a parking area popular with cyclists.

Sheriff's Sgt. David Shoemaker tells City News Service that the four - cousins between the ages of 28 and 38 - had no phone contact and weren't dressed for a cold night. Temperatures dropped into the 40s overnight.

An overnight ground and air search for the men was halted at around 4 a.m. Monday but authorities planned to resume it at daylight.

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You've got IT! December 23 2013 at 11:07 PM

Prayers and hope for their safe return.

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sval0902 December 23 2013 at 1:32 PM

I am sure that they will be found. Tired, cold and humbeled, but healthy and alive.

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fierceone1313 December 23 2013 at 1:41 PM

Anyone who has ever ridden a mountain bike in back country can relate to losing their bearings.

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thende1743 fierceone1313 December 23 2013 at 2:18 PM

Keeping your machine oiled will prevent loss of bearings !

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grumpydriver43 December 23 2013 at 5:05 PM

Its hard to say since I do not live near these mountains. But if your going out in the wilderness you need to pack for it. shelter, food, clothing, communications, something to chop with for building a fire . All these are essential for survival even if you only going for a ride. If you don't use it at least its in the car so you have easy access if you can get to it. Hope they are found and well. I see this day in and day out here in the pacific northwest of Seattle where someone gets lost in the woods with just the shirt on their back and does not survive.

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xbigdaddy328 grumpydriver43 December 23 2013 at 5:56 PM

how r u going 2 carry all of this on a bike???

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harlson xbigdaddy328 December 23 2013 at 6:31 PM

called a back pack!!

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BARKINGwolf xbigdaddy328 December 23 2013 at 7:58 PM

ROFLMAO,,,,,,,, Think about it !!!!! Be lazy, dont carry anything, and maby die. LOL Your judgment call. Dont expect sympathy.

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peterxcav grumpydriver43 December 23 2013 at 7:19 PM

or just an EPIRB emergency radio beacon that works with satelites and NOT cell phone towers which will fail you in wilderness. They are about 100 bucks and work any place. Aircraft and lots of boats have them. Why they are not made more known to the public I do not know.

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American 1st peterxcav December 23 2013 at 8:29 PM

peter -

I thought the kind of the same thing, except it should be a Personal Locator Beacons (PLB) with a strobe light. Theyre small for personal use.

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kwill65155 December 23 2013 at 4:24 PM

They were found!!

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RockNHula December 23 2013 at 4:46 PM

I know of all the little nooks and crannies up there, but alas I am in Hawaii. I would look toward Eden Cove.

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marty5245 December 23 2013 at 7:31 PM

Hope they are safe

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intersky December 23 2013 at 7:46 PM

All mountain bikers should invest in a SPOT device stalelite messegeing tracker .I have one. Google it. Better than a cold nite in the woods

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intersky intersky December 23 2013 at 7:58 PM

Some of the comments come from people who obviously do not ride mountain bikes. No one is going to pack a tent and shovel and meals for two weeks when they go on a day ride. Weight is a premium in this sport. All you need is stanard issue a CamelBAK pack loaded with the usual water, spare inner tube and a mulit tool kit. Then add a SPOT, a couple of energy bars and a space blanket. Good enough to survive an overnight mishap.

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WEB6992 intersky December 23 2013 at 8:26 PM

And your head examined for not caring a cell phone!!!!

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suealiaim intersky December 23 2013 at 10:52 PM

to WEB6992...i doubt they'd have any coverage if they'd carried one...id.jit.

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hello wolfgang December 23 2013 at 7:58 PM


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jtbenzman1 December 23 2013 at 9:12 PM

Man against the worst of nature is poor odds for man. People need to take a look at the weather forecast before doing anything so extreme and the apply common sense. The same goes for petting wild animals!

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