Rescue crews search for missing Texas man on the trails of Mt. Whitney

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Pinnacles rise from the crest just south of Mount Whitney on May 9, 2008, near Lone Pine, California. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Pinnacles rise from the crest just south of Mount Whitney on May 9, 2008, near Lone Pine, California. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Rescuers were searching Sunday by land and by air for a Texas man who went missing on the trails of snowy Mt. Whitney after reaching the summit of the tallest mountain in the Sierra Nevada.

Edward Lee Alderman, 33, of Austin was last seen Thursday after he and a hiking partner separated somewhere near the summit, rangers at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks said.

The ground search aided by crews from the Inyo County Sheriff’s office was delayed due to a winter storm in the mountains on Friday and Saturday.

It is believed that he intended to summit Whitney on May 20 and return on the same day to trail camp. he was hiking with a partner.

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