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    Unhappy Two Fx Co Ff's Missing

    I heard about this in the early morning news, and this came via email this morning also:

    Good Evening:

    This afternoon the Fire and Rescue Department was made aware that two of our members, Technician Alex Obert, Station 14-C, and Technician Steve McCay, Station 11-A, are a day late returning from a hiking trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Authorities from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department have initiated a search for Alex and Steve. Assistant Chief Dave Rohr has been in contact with the authorities in New Hampshire and will serve as the point of contact for the department with officials in New Hampshire.

    We have been in contact with the Obert family and the McCays are enroute to New Hampshire at this time.

    Updated information will be forwarded as soon as it is received and verified. Below is a news release that came out from a local news station in New Hampshire this afternoon.

    Please keep Steve and Alex in your thoughts and prayers.

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    Crews Search For Missing Hikers In Crawford Notch
    Officials Say Rainy Conditions Hurt Search For Virginia Men
    POSTED: 3:00 pm EST February 18, 2008

    UPDATED: 3:40 pm EST February 18, 2008

    CRAWFORD NOTCH, N.H. -- Teams were searching Monday for two Virginia hikers believed lost in Crawford Notch.

    Fish and Game Department officials said Alex Obert, 30, and Steven McCay, 29, both of Arlington, Va., were planning to hike Presidential Traverse and exit at the Highland Center at the top of Crawford Notch on Sunday afternoon.

    The two men were last seen Sunday morning at about 8:30 a.m. and might have been spotted by hikers north of Jefferson, N.H., at about 11:30 a.m., officials said.

    The Fish and Game Department was trying to get a helicopter to aid in the search, and several teams were sweeping the trails on foot. Officials said rainy conditions were making the search difficult.

    The men are believed to be well equipped with good hiking experience.

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    It's getting colder than hell again to in the East.

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    Both just found, alive.

    On the copters on the way to the hospital now.

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    I just clicked on this and as I was scrolling down was saying a silent prayer for the brothers.

    Glad to hear that they have been found.
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    Thanks for the updates Guys. The local news reported it on the tv this morning, but nothing in the online stuff. Glad to hear they were found safe.

    Of course one should check email too....

    Good news out of NH. TKW

    Two lost hikers found
    By SCOTT BROOKS
    New Hampshire Union Leader Staff
    7 minutes ago

    Two hikers, lost since Sunday in the Presidential Range, were found alive this morning and rescued by a Army National Guard BlackHawk helicopter. UnionLeader.com correspondent Lorna Colquhoun saw their reunion with loved ones at the Appalachian Mountain Club's Highland Center and will have more details soon.

    Fish and Game Col. Jeffrey Gray said the pair was hiking down the Dry River Trail on the south side of Mount Washington when found. Neither man will require emergency medical care. More details will be posted later today. An earlier story follows.

    Alex Obert and Steven McCay awoke in the black of night Sunday and headed out to Mount Madison. Their plan was to climb every peak in New Hampshire's Presidential Range, all in a single day.

    More than 24 hours later, the men had yet to resurface. Rescue crews were still searching for them last night.

    Authorities believe the men, both experienced winter hikers from Arlington, Va., were caught in a heavy downpour that soaked the White Mountains overnight Sunday and yesterday morning.

    "They may have dropped off into one of the ravines to seek shelter," said Lt. Douglas Gralenski, of New Hampshire Fish and Game. "And if they did that, they would be physically OK, but miles from nowhere."

    Heavy fog made it tough for search teams to comb the area yesterday. The difficulty was compounded by rain and swift winds, as well as a coat of slush and ice on the trailways.

    Officials wanted to search the range by helicopter, Gralenski said, but the weather made it impossible to fly.

    "It's still raining, and we're getting a lot of fog," Gralenski said yesterday. "It's just miserable."

    Obert, 30, and McCay, 29, are frequent hikers and were well-prepared for an arduous trek in the cold and rain, officials said. They wore winter coats and brought plenty of gear, including snowshoes and crampons.

    Each had a cell phone, Gralenski said. Officials tried their phone numbers repeatedly yesterday, but never got an answer.

    The hikers' adventure began at 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the base of Mount Madison. They and a friend, Will Chere, headed up the Valley Way trail with hopes of seeing the sun rise over the tree line, Gralenski said.



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    They stopped between Mount Madison and Mount Adams at 8:30 a.m. Chere, who never intended to make the full trek, turned back around and headed for the car, Gralenski said. He planned to meet Obert and McCay at the Appalachian Mountain Club's Highland Center when they finished hiking Sunday night.

    Chere called for help when his friends didn't show up. Gralenski said he was put on the case around 2:30 a.m. yesterday.

    At that point, he said, it was pitch black and raining hard. Gralenski waited until first light at 6 a.m. to launch the search.

    As many as 24 people from Fish and Game, the Appalachian Mountain Club and Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue split up into teams to look for the missing hikers.

    The Presidential Range comprises eight of the tallest mountains in the Northeast. The highest peak belongs to Mount Washington, at 6,288 feet.

    It is possible to traverse the range in one day, Gralenski said, "but it's a very aggressive itinerary."

    Temperatures in the White Mountains yesterday were as much as 40 to 50 degrees higher than usual for this time of year, Gralenski said. Still, he said, the Presidential range is "notoriously hazardous under the best of circumstances."

    One man exposed to subzero temperatures died Feb. 11 after he and another hiker were rescued on Mount Lafayette.
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    Excellent news!

    FYI: Mount Washington has what is known as the world's worst weather. Thre major weather systems converge there... it has snowed on top of Mt. Washington in the summer, and the highest recorded winds were taken from the Mount Washington Observatory (230+ MPH! )
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    I lived in NH for a couple of years and went to Mt. Washington in the middle of summer and yeah, there was SNOW. I just glad to hear they got out! That's no place for man nor beast this time of year.

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    Glad to hear they made it out fine.

    But I bet those guys will catch hell around the kitchen table when they get back to work.
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