After helping to build and rehabilitate homes in Kentucky during spring break, 37 La Salle University students began a traditional hike up Pine Mountain to a place called High Rock about 1 p.m. Thursday.
What should have been a fun excursion turned into a frightening ordeal when they got lost as darkness fell. The students and three university staffers endured subfreezing temperatures until they were rescued by authorities early Friday.
The hikers were taken to a local hospital to be treated for hypothermia and dehydration, and one was kept for observation, said La Salle spokesman Jon Caroulis.
Sgt. Randy Surber and another trooper from the Kentucky State Police got a call about 6:30 p.m. Thursday about hikers missing on Pine Mountain, near Harlan, where the students were on an annual trip to work with a group called Christian Outreach With Appalachian People.