Dad and Daughter Lost

June 23. Call out at 3:41pm. 62 yo man, and daughter (9) Lost in Pecos Wilderness near Wilderness Gate. Karl, John, Jack, and Rick. John was paired with SFSAR’s Mike Nimick as team 2. Communications were a nightmare. Karl used his large whip antenna and acted as a relay from Wilderness Gate. Team 2 made the find. “Classic” Nambe watershed mission. Group of three: Mom, Dad, and Daughter left from the ski area parking lot. Mom got tired at the Wilderness Gate and let Dad and Daughter go ahead. Dad and daughter went West to Aspen Peak. They took a more Northernly track to return to the Windsor Trail although there are no real trails up Aspen Peak. Dad and daughter became lost returning Wilderness Gate and reported via text to mom. Shortly after, the phone died or lost signal. Last communication reported, “Went too far to left, creek on right.” Same area/mis-navigation as mushroom hunter.  Team 2 departed the ski area parking lot at 5:40pm. Searched beyond the Wilderness Gate and down 403b (elevator shaft) with sound sweeps. Contact was made within 2 hours. Dad fired a single shot into air to signal they had heard the sound sweeps. Dad and daughter were found slightly off trail at 9400 feet which was approximately 1350 feet down from 10750 feet at Wilderness Gate. Dad, it turns out, had a “right weakness” and was very tired. Treated blisters, changed socks, gentle flogging to get to WG by 11pm. Staged litter at the intersection of 403B/Windsor. Hordes of SFSAR at intersection. Dad took litter evac out. No rope, low angle, out by midnight. Paramedics released Dad at parking lot. Tired no injuries. Good mission. Daughter was a trooper. John shared a cute picture.