Two climbers who lost their way on New Hampshire's Mount Washington yesterday were found unharmed Sunday morning after spending the night in a snow trench.
Karen Church of Ottawa, Ontario, and Cheryl Wallace of Arlington, Mass., ice-climbed Odell's Gully in Huntington Ravine Saturday. They had planned to meet Church's husband in the Alpine Garden and hike back to Pinkham Notch in the afternoon, but got lost.
Searchers looking for them last night faced low temperatures of 14 degrees Fahrenheit, high winds, blowing snow and freezing fog.
White Mountain National Forest officials said they also faced a high risk of avalanches.
Early Sunday morning, a search team encountered the women above the treeline and helped them get off the mountain safely.