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Two hikers from Oregon have been rescued by helicopter in Yosemite National Park after heavy snows stranded them for six days on the side of a rugged mountain.

A park spokeswoman says Teri Smith and Chris Hoffman of Sherwood, Oregon, are tired — but they’re uninjured. They were flown to Yosemite Valley.

The two set out November fourth for a five-day trek to the Clark Range, a remote group of peaks above 11,000 feet elevation.

When a snow storm blew in Thursday and Friday, Hoffman and Smith hunkered down at ten-thousand feet in blizzard-like conditions. When skies cleared, they stayed put because they couldn’t make progress in the chest-deep snow.

In the meantime, they rationed food and planned to hike out today. Family members reported them missing yesterday.

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