2 Skiers Rescued After Being Stranded On An Alaskan Glacier Since Friday

2 Skiers Rescued After Being Stranded On An Alaskan Glacier Since Friday

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2 Skiers Rescued After Being Stranded On An Alaskan Glacier Since Friday

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The Harding Icefield | Photo Credit: National Parks Service | Cover Photo:

The Harding Icefield | Photo Credit: National Parks Service | Cover Photo: Romandial

After spending 5 days stranded on a glacier in the Kenai Peninsula, two skiers have one hell of a story to tell their grandkids.

On Friday, Jennifer Neyman and Christopher Hanna were transported via plane to the Harding Icefield, where they hoped to go hiking a skiing for a day. Once dropped, Neyman and Hanna set off but instead of being greeted with bluebird powder, they were greeted by a storm that would change their week and quite possibly– their lives forever reports the Alaska Dispatch News.

Suddenly, the couple found themselves seeking shelter from strong winds, blowing snow, and lack of visibility. Luckily, their whereabout were known as they had access to text message and a satellite signal.

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Almost immediately, a rescue effort was mobilized but due to weather the plane that dropped them as well as rescue helicopters were prevented from extracting the couple from the glacier. So in order to survive, the two dug a snow cave and had a romantic weekend before an aircraft dropped supplies on Monday (presumably wine and cheese?).

In the meantime, rescue personnel from the Alaska Air National Guard were making their way up the glacier. When they discovered the two on Tuesday, rescue personnel had to dig through 4 foot deep snow walls before completing a successful extraction by air.

Ultimately, Hanna and Neyman were transported to the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, where Neyman was recovering from the arduous ordeal.

Find the entire Alaska Dispatch News article here: 2 skiers stranded on Kenai Peninsula glacier since Friday rescued

 

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