2 Maine hikers explain surviving Colorado peak ordeal

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YORK, Maine - Two women from Maine say they were one bad event from disaster during a terrifying ordeal in an ice storm atop a Colorado peak.

Thirty-two-year-old Connie Yang and 33-year-old Suzanne Turell, both of York, say they took advantage of a break in the storm atop the 14,200-foot Longs Peak. They managed to hike down a gully into a valley to escape the bad weather.

They describe their ordeal in a lengthy email.

After enduring their first night in potentially deadly freezing temperatures, they say they set their tent in the valley for a second night of uncontrollable shivering.

They reached a ranger station Friday and were ferried out of Rocky Mountain National Park on all-terrain vehicles.

The women thanked everyone who helped in their rescue.

The Associated Press

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