Reported missing on Tuesday, Jens “Jay” Yambert, 60, of Urbana, Illinois left his car at the Longs Peak Trailhead for a supposed summit climb that started at 2 PM on August 26. His car was found still at the trailhead on Tuesday night, August 28th.
While officials aren’t sure exactly what route Yambert took, they’ve stated that a possible route was Clark’s Arrow to the summit of Longs Peak. One summit route that passes Clark’s Arrow and hits the summit is the “Loft” route, which involves Class 3 scrambling and 5,300 feet of total elevation gain over 13 miles. It’s notable for several exposed sections with loose rock and high risk that lead to the 14,000+ foot summit.
Additional concerns come with Yambert’s alleged late start on the climb. He’s thought to have started in the afternoon and a round-trip summit on this route can take well over 10 hours. Late climbs on fourteeners are particularly dangerous due to unpredictable weather and chilling temperatures. It’s also concerning that he was making what can be a dangerous and unpredictable climb alone. Additionally, some reports indicate that he may have been hiking in sandals – not ideal for any route that involves scrambling. One reader that personally knows Yambert has reached out to let us know that sandals are a footwear of choice for this man, who has experience with long-distance running in a similar set-up. That reader also noted that Yambert is an experienced climber.
This is the second time the same hiker has required rescue on the same mountain, likely the same route. The first time Yambert went missing, he was rescued after an overnight stay on the mountain. In that instance, he became lost on a Sunday morning and was rescued by late afternoon on Monday. That instance occurred in July of 2014.
Anyone that may have any tips about Yambert’s whereabouts should contact park rangers at (970) 586-1204.
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