Two hikers who became lost on Mount Katahdin were forced to spend the night on the mountain when weather conditions prevented their rescue.

Maine Forest Rangers reported that one of their flight crews attempted to extract the hikers from their perch below Knife's Edge Trail on Saturday, using a helicopter. But erratic, gusty winds prevented them from being able to complete the rescue. Instead, they lowered a tent, food, water, and a medical kit to the hikers so they could survive the mountain overnight.

On Sunday, a  search and rescue volunteer helped them find their way back to the marked trail and off the mountain. The two hikers from Pennsylvania, who were both in their 50's, were not injured in the incident.

Forest Rangers advise hikers to know the terrain where they plan to hike and stay on marked trails.

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