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2 Hikers Stranded on Colorado Mountain Rescued

Who: 19-year-old Jennifer Yurechko and 23-year-old Corey Thomas
Where: Shadow Mountain, Aspen Mountains, Colorado
Their mistake: Looks like it was the first time on the trail and it was a bit too technical for them.
What happened: Two hikers who worked in the area during the winter planned on hiking up a game trail halfway up the mountain. The two were familiar with snowy slopes, but have never hiked the mountains during the summer.

When they reached the halfway point, they realized they were unable to go back down the way they climbed up. Instead, they used a nylon rope to make a rope team and ascend some steep pitches to the summit. They intended to make the summit, then traverse across a ridge to a slope that was more manageable.

When they reached the top, the sun was already setting and they became concerned since they had one flashlight, some granola and only wearing jeans, t-shirt and running shoes. They called 911 with a cell phone around 9:12 p.m.

Rescuers responded and were able to reach the two hikers, but they were forced to spend a cold night with them. Rescuers provided the hikers with food, water, clothing, socks and space blankets. At dawn, the hikers were escorted down the mountain. On steep sections, the team used old mining cables that are still on the mountain.

Read the story here.

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