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Snowstorm strands 5 on Denali

FILE - This April 24, 2016, file photo taken above the Kahiltna Glacier near Denali, shows peaks in the Alaska Range, as seen through the open cargo bay doors of a Chinook helicopter. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

By MARK THIESSEN Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Five people had to ski through a heavy Alaska snowstorm to a mountain chalet after abandoning their airplanes on a glacier on Denali, North America’s tallest peak. The five landed Friday on Ruth Glacier on Denali. A fast-moving storm prevented them from flying off, so they spent the night in their planes. The next morning, they called for help. Two guides were temporarily hired by the National Park Service to guide the five to a chalet. They should be flown off the mountain Monday. But the airplanes will sit until a new runway can be stomped out in the deep snow.

 


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