Alaska air guard rescues 2 hikers on Mount Hayes

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Posted: Apr 01, 2011 5:22 AM
Alaska air guard rescues 2 hikers on Mount Hayes

Alaska's Air National Guard says two people who lost their trail while climbing Mount Hayes have been rescued.

Maj. Roger Nelson says poor weather kept rescuers from reaching the Fairbanks climbers for hours after their emergency beacon signal was received Thursday morning.

But a team got a break in the weather later Thursday and located the pair at a makeshift shelter at the 11,000-foot level.

The unidentified climbers began earlier in the week to reach the summit of the 13,832-foot mountain in the Alaska Range.

The guard says the experienced team was climbing the final leg with lighter gear when they lost their way in a snowstorm. They built a snow shelter and activated their emergency signals.

Nelson says they were uninjured and brought down the mountain by helicopter.