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2 Skiers Lost Somewhere on Alaska Glacier Still Can Text

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By    |   Tuesday, 12 Apr 2016 08:28 AM

Two skiers stranded somewhere on an Alaska glacier for four days now have been surviving in snow caves while would-be rescuers search for them, the pair texted. 

Jennifer Neyman, 36, and Christopher Hanna, 45, have been stranded since Friday in the Harding Ice Field on the Kenai Peninsula, south of Anchorage. They said they had to dig snow caves after ferocious wind and heavy snow shredded their tent, reported The Associated Press.

The weather cleared enough to allow an Alaska Air National Guard helicopter to land near them at the base of Bear Glacier on Monday. The crew was waiting for a break in blowing snow and low clouds to fly higher up the mountain to look for the pair.

An airplane dropped off Neyman and Hanna for a day trip in the largest ice field entirely within U.S. boundaries and could not return that night because of foul weather.

They were able to communicate with a cellphone and by satellite text messages. They told friends they spent the first night in the tent they carried until wind and snow destroyed it Saturday.

They dug snow caves for shelter but reported they were running low on provisions.

Storms kept away rescuers from two agencies who tried to reach the ice field Sunday.

The Air National Guard was trying again Monday with a Pave Hawk helicopter carrying four rescuers and a C-130 airplane.

Satellite coordinates indicated Neyman and Hanna were on 13-mile-long Bear Glacier at an elevation of about 4,300 feet.

Reaching the skiers by ground was not possible because of the weather and terrain, officials said.

The Harding Ice Field covers 700 square miles of Alaska's Kenai Mountains in glacier ice, according to the National Park Service. It is home to more than 30 glaciers.

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Two skiers stranded somewhere on an Alaska glacier for four days now have been surviving in snow caves while would-be rescuers search for them, the pair texted.
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