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Hikers Rescued on Granite Tors Trail

Kyle Joly
Alaska Department of Natural Resources

A pair of hikers were rescued from a popular trail east of Fairbanks over the weekend. A State Trooper report says a 30-year-old Ft. Wainwright man, and an 18-year-old Fairbanks woman were reported lost on the Granite Tours trail shortly before midnight Saturday.

Wildlife troopers and State Park rangers hiked out and located the pair, who had been out for about 13 hours, and were wet, disoriented and displaying signs of hypothermia.

Troopers say the responding officers and rangers built a fire, provided the hikers with food, and the woman was put in a sleeping bag. The pair were transported off the trail early Sunday by helicopter. Trooper says neither hiker was injured, and they were released.

Dan has been in public radio news in Alaska since 1993. He’s worked as a reporter, newscaster and talk show host at stations in McGrath, Valdez and Fairbanks. Dan’s experience includes coverage of a wide range of topics, from wolf control to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and dog mushing.