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Snowed-in Scout hikers rescued in Superstition Mountains of Arizona

March 14 2006 at 12:52 AM
Ken Akerman  (Login KenAkerman)

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GLOBE, AZ - What started as a weekend hike for a Mesa Boy Scout troop ended Sunday in a mountain rescue. Nine boys, ages 11 to 13, huddled together to keep warm for more than 24 hours, after 3 feet of snow forced them to stop their 6-mile hike through the Superstition Mountains, said David Perkins, leader of Troop 716. Despite freezing temperatures, no one was injured.

The troop started hiking Friday evening near Globe. The troop hiked into the night and got wet as the weekend storm swept into the mountains. When the Scouts woke up Saturday, they were wet, cold and deep in snow.

Perkins and another adult left the boys with their most experienced leader and hiked back to some parked vehicles to call for help.

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