2 hikers rescued from extreme weather on Mount Lafayette
FRANCONIA - Winter weather - in June - got the best of two Virginia hikers on Mount Lafayette.
Just before 3 p.m. on Thursday, a group of 20 rescuers headed up the Skookumcuk Trail to assist the hikers. They were huddled, shivering and unable to move. Another hiker, Adam Dewolfe of Seattle, Wash., was able to get these two out of the wind to a tent that he had nearby.
The two hikers were identified as Gregory Reck, 57, and Leila Vann, 57, of Norfolk, Va. The husband and wife were 'slack packing' along the Appalacian Trail and started on Liberty Spring Trail at 6 a.m. They admitted that they did not check the weather conditions as thoroughly that they should have and would not have hiked if they knew.
The hypothermic hikers made their way to Galehead Hut and a group of rescuers arrived to provide them warm clothing and fluids. At about 6:30 p.m. the entire group was able to begin moving down the mountain where everyone arrived safely about two hours later.
Officials said that if Dewolfe did not see the hikers, the outcome could have been a lot different.