Maine women survive stranding on Colorado mountain

Posted Sept. 13, 2013, at 5:33 p.m.

Two hikers from York, Maine, made it down a 14,000-foot mountain in Colorado after being trapped on the peak by an ice storm for two days.

Suzanne Turell and Connie Yang hiked off the mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park on Friday, according to news reports.

The women, experienced mountaineers, were trapped for more than 48 hours about 1,000 feet below the summit of Longs Peak, a mountain depicted on the Colorado quarter, in icy conditions, the Denver Post reported. The two hiked to safety around noon Friday, according to colleagues and family members. A search for the pair was being launched.

The two sent a text on Thursday morning saying: “We need help. At top of Longs Peak. 13400 feet. Whiteout snowstorm. No injuries. Iced over risk of hypothermia.”

The women work for New Hampshire-based outdoor gear manufacturer NEMO Equipment Inc., according to WMTM-TV.

Colorado has been pounded by rain in recent days, causing flooding in many communities.

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