Mount Baldy is an “incredibly difficult hike” under wintry conditions, however missing actor Julian Sands is a “very advanced hiker,” a friend of the actor told Fox News Digital Thursday.
“It’s quite an uphill ride under these weather conditions,” said actor Kevin Ryan, who first met Sand while the two were filming Crossbones together. Ryan has taken the picnic “many times” and twice in the winter.
“You’re talking about six to eight to nine hours to get to the top,” Ryan added. “And when it’s snowy, it’s really tough. I know Julian is very progressive and a good hiker and strong-willed. He’s very fit. And we’re holding out very strongly that this is going to be a positive return for him.”
However, Ryan noticed that with california is too cold, Rainy weather” this year, was likely to hamper the mountain’s search efforts.
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“I think the weather is a big aspect of this, so why can’t they get into some of those areas,” Ryan said, adding that the snow can go deep.
Wednesday afternoon, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s department The search for Sands will only continue by air, he said, adding that the researchers were using RECCO technology that can detect reflective materials, electronics and sometimes credit cards.
Ryan said he was optimistic rescuers would find Sands, 65, alive, after the hiker discovered 75-year-old Jin Chung, who had been missing for two days before being found alive. Sand has been missing for 13 days
The department said Chung “had some weather-related injuries and a leg injury but was able to get out with the help of crew members.”
Ryan told Fox News Digital that “during an episode like this where every day goes by painfully every day, hour by hour, you worry more about, you know, a safe return, but all we have in a situation like this is hope.”
“One of the things, like I said, is how advanced Julian is,” Ryan added. “He’s a smart guy, and I still hope he’s holding out, you know, alive.”
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Ryan said he last saw Sands two months ago in Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles, where they often met.
“A funny story actually,” he said. “I was running down a mountain once, and I slipped and hurt my left leg. About eight seconds later, Julian Sands showed up around the corner. And he got me safely down the mountain. So, he knows what he’s doing.”
He said that the sand is always moving on a picnic He is ready with everything he needs in his bag.
He added, “He’s climbed some more serious mountains than me. He’s a lot more advanced than I would have been. So I hope he’s OK.”
Actor Julian Sands has been identified as missing on his hiking trip in California
Sands’ brother, Nick Sands, was less optimistic in an interview with Britain’s The Telegraph and Argus on Tuesday.
“He has not yet been declared missing – he is presumed dead – but I know in my heart that he is gone,” Nick said. However, sibling rivalry the way it is, it would be just like him to get out there and prove me wrong.
“He has an army of friends, fans and admirers who have been amazing in their support and Jules will be greatly missed.”
Despite the circumstances, Ryan said he remains optimistic.
“I know how powerful it is [he] He is, and I know how smart he is and how prepared he is,” Ryan said. If anyone can get past this, so can they. And that’s all I have to count on now. So I stick to that and pray for him.”
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He also gave him his ‘deepest love’ Family support. “
“It’s a very difficult time for them, and I just want to send my love to them,” Ryan said. “I also want to thank all of the search teams, the sheriff’s department and everyone on the ground who have made a relentless effort so far and continue to do so to find Julian.”