Hikers' Skills Helped Them Survive in Montana Park

2 Virginia residents were stranded for days

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 16, 2012 5:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – Rangers in Montana's Glacier National Park say two hikers from Virginia who were safely rescued after being stranded there for days in bad weather were well-prepared for harsh, wintry conditions. Chief Ranger Mark Foust said in an email that Jason Hiser and Neal Peckens, both 32, had the right equipment and used their outdoor skills to survive. The two, originally from western Maryland, were unharmed.

Foust said the two men camped for four days at an elevation of about 6,000 feet. They rationed food, collected firewood, and sought to attract help with a smoky fire and an SOS message made out of logs. Foust said a park employee saw colored flagging Monday afternoon that led him to a tent and the hikers.

In an undated photo provided by Broad Street Veterinary Hospital, veterinarian Jason Hiser of Virginia works with a dog.   (AP PHoto/Kip Dawkins)
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