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Air Force Academy cadets save hikers lost on '14er'

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The northeast ridge of Capitol Peak, one of the most dangerous fourteeners in Colorado. The northeast ridge of Capitol Peak, one of the most dangerous fourteeners in Colorado.

During a 10-hour climb up and down a Colorado '14er,' a group of cadets from the Air Force Academy's Cadet Mountaineering Club rescued a pair of hikers from certain danger.

The unexpected rescue took place on October 28, near Torrey's Peak. On their way down the Mountain, the group of cadets and officers spotted two men who appeared to be lost and were "woefully unprepared for the conditions," said Lt. Col. Robert Marshall, officer-in-charge.

The two men were under-dressed, lacking water, and with sunset approaching, facing a life and death situation. After contacting the lost hikers and giving them extra clothing, the group led the two men down the mountain and back to a trailhead near Loveland Pass. 

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