Public Safety encourages smart hiking in Alaska

Posted: Sunday, June 27, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Alaska authorities are reminding people to be smart about their hiking trips.

The Department of Public Safety says a recent search and rescue mission on Flattop Mountain was one of about 10 incidents in which hikers either have been unprepared for winter-like conditions they've encountered at high elevations or have been hurt trying to slide down snow chutes.

One of the two teen-age hikers in the Flattop incident scraped a leg on a snow chute, and the department says both were successfully brought down by authorities.

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