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UPDATE: Maine Hikers Stranded on Colorado Peak Hike to Safety
09/13/2013 03:55 PM ET  

The women, both from York, Maine, set out a week ago on a backpacking trip with summer gear in Rocky Mountain National Park when they got stranded in an ice storm.

Connie Yang

Two hikers from Maine stranded in an ice storm on Colorado's Longs Peak are safe. A spokesman for Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette says Connie Yang, 32, (top photo) and Suzanne Turell, 33, (bottom photo) managed to hike to safety on their own.

The women, both from York, Maine, set out a week ago on a backpacking trip with summer gear in Rocky Mountain National Park.

They got pinned down near the top of the 14,200-foot Longs Peak when a storm struck, dousing the state with torrential rain, ice and snow. The National Park Service was launching a rescue effort, but the women managed to get down on their own.

The women are experienced hikers who work for New Hampshire-based outdoor gear manufacturer NEMO Equipment Inc.

Suzanne Turell

This update was reported by Susan Sharon, and contains material copyright The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

Photos:  Courtesy NEMO Equipment, Inc.


 

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