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Ellen



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:21 pm    Post subject: Seuk Doo (Sam) Kim Memorial Thread  Reply with quote

Baldy friends,

Sam is missing. He usually hikes up and down the Ski Hut trail. He has been missing since Friday  Crying or Very sad

Marilyn and I saw him on Tuesday as we were descending through the bottom of the bowl -- he was going up.

http://www.dailybulletin.com/gene...derway-for-missing-mt-baldy-hiker

http://www.latimes.com/local/lano...t-baldy-hiker-20161129-story.html

I have always seen him on the Ski Hut trail. In the FB pic below, he's on the left.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.ph...et=p.10154836738219913&type=3

Thanks for any leads.

Ellen
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have seen him go off-trail below the Ski Hut, at that spot where a use path splits off from the main trail at a rock outcropping.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Baldy friends,

Just received news that Sam was found deceased by SAR on the north side of Baldy.  Crying or Very sad  Crying or Very sad  Crying or Very sad

I have no further information.

The Los Angeles Times interviewed him and other hikers.

Video: https://www.facebook.com/latimes/videos ... nref=story

Article: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-m ... story.html

He loved Baldy.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ellen wrote:
Baldy friends,

Just received news that Sam was found deceased by SAR on the north side of Baldy.  Crying or Very sad  Crying or Very sad  Crying or Very sad


KTLA is reporting a body found.

I have converted this thread into a memorial for Sam. I'm sure several of us have met him and taken pictures with him. Feel free to post them here. Or share some memories.

Over the last five years I met him many times on Baldy and once on Rattlesnake. He and his wife gave me some delicious Korean fruit on the summit of Baldy. I met his other family once on Shoemaker Road. They were all very nice and eager to chat about the mountains. Sam always wanted to know about my love life--each and every time we crossed paths. Then in 2016 he got to meet Cecelia.



Sam will definitely be missed on the trail for a long time to come. I wish his family some peace of mind in their sorrowful time.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ellen,

Thank you for the update...it is a shock to many people that it comes to a conclusion today, myself included.  He put a lot of energy into visiting that mountain that will wont soon be forgotten. Perhaps maybe there could be a '1001' hike from interested general public to the ski hut in a show of solidarity for the family...or whatever someone has ideas for.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:21 pm    Post subject: Sams passing on Baldy Reply with quote

http://www.latimes.com/local/lano...n-baldy-death-20170411-story.html

I am saddened by the loss of the nicest guy you'd ever meet on a trail.  I'll never forget his love for life and the mountains.  

Rest In Peace Sam.  You are an inspiration.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always a pleasure to see Sam on the trail, such an awesome guy.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad

This one hurts. Rest in peace, Sam.


AW wrote:
Perhaps maybe there could be a '1001' hike from interested general public to the ski hut in a show of solidarity for the family...or whatever someone has ideas for.


This would be awesome, i think there'd be a ton of interest and could mean a lot to his family.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:49 am    Post subject: MT. BALDY 1000TH SUMMIT IN HONOR OF SEUK DOO (SAM) KIM Reply with quote

I have been thinking of Sam alot as I'm sure many of you have. He has touched many of our lives and has been such an Inspiration to all of us!
I have an awesome idea to pursue his dream.
https://www.facebook.com/latimes/videos/10154947953843010/

Let's continue the climb to Mt. Baldy and carry on the dream! I don't think anyone knows the exact number of summits. I've heard 800.  Maybe Sean can obtain that information, if not we should continue from summit #800. Each time anyone of us summits Baldy take a picture and post it here on the forum.

We can keep track of the numbers. For the Grand Finale lets plan a 1000th Baldy summit in honor of Sam!

I am confident that many of us who would like to participate will reach Sam's goal of 1000 summits by the end of this year. Feel free to summit Baldy as many times as you would like. I personally will contribute many times and once the 999th summit is made we can plan a group hike to celebrate & honor Sam.

I am very excited and would like to be a part of the dream & legacy of Seuk Doo (Sam) Kim

Any comments or suggestions are welcome!

February 2016, the last time I had the privilege of chatting with Sam on the Ski Hut Trail


First time I met Sam a couple of years ago!


RIP! SAM YOU ARE THE MAN!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cecelia, AW also proposed a 1001 Summits idea. We'll figure something out. Perhaps those who knew him better will arrange a memorial hike. I don't know if he had a regular hiking partner, but I'll ask around.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andy Duncan of the California Peaks Facebook group is going up to Baldy this Saturday to honor Sam. I'm gonna head up there too and see if I can get to the summit via the Ski Hut Trail. I'll have some pictures of Sam to hand out.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lano...n-baldy-death-20170411-story.html

Quote:
Seuk Doo Kim, a 78-year-old South Korean hiker from Culver City who climbed Mt. Baldy more than 700 times, died from injuries sustained in a fall on the north side of the 10,064-foot mountain, authorities said Thursday.

An autopsy found that Kim suffered “multiple blunt trauma” after he “fell down a mountain trail,” according to Lt. David Smith with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

Kim’s body was discovered by a flight crew just northwest of the Mt. Baldy summit about 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, slumped over at an elevation of 8,800 feet, said Lt. Elisabeth Sachs of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in San Dimas.

A sheriff’s helicopter airlifted Kim’s body off the mountain, she said.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sean wrote:
Cecelia, AW also proposed a 1001 Summits idea. We'll figure something out. Perhaps those who knew him better will arrange a memorial hike. I don't know if he had a regular hiking partner, but I'll ask around.


How about a register at the top to fill in the last 200+ slots?
Think the wilderness vigilantes would destroy it?
I wouldnt think it would need to be there too long with people interested signing it.

Im planning on going the 22nd. But I should say Im not a leader of this idea...Im NHPS...might need to be dragged up to the summit lol.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cobbling the suggestions together, I came up with a social media campaign called Summit4Sam. We can hashtag #Summit4Sam. I also created a Facebook page for the idea. But I don't do Twitter or wherever else people put hashtags. I'm printing up some pictures and a collage to leave around the Ski Hut Trail tomorrow.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have a friend that knows him personally so i'm getting details so i can relay the memorial and other information to their family

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