Sep 14, 2009 6:16 PM by Bea Karnes
A Fort Carson soldier and his 19-year-old girlfriend from Pueblo are safe--having survived two nights in the mountains. The pair endured snow showers both nights, while wearing just jeans, t-shirts and tennis shoes. They're inexperienced hikers who went on a day hike in rugged country, and got lost.
According to rescuers on-scene, the pair walked into a country store on their own. They were hiking in the Pike National forest, on the edge of the Hayman Burn area. They had told relatives Saturday exactly where they would be hiking and when they would return--so searchers knew where to start their search.
Fort Carson sent 100 soldiers to help in the search, but the missing hikers walked-out before the soldiers could join the search.