PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) – Two hikers suffered broken legs after sliding hundreds of feet down steep slopes on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington.

Chris Joosen of the U.S. Forest Service says a woman hiking in Tuckerman Ravine on Saturday broke her leg when her crampon grabbed some snow as she fell close to 1,000 feet to the floor of the ravine.

About half an hour later, a man descending Huntington Ravine slipped, breaking his leg and getting knocked unconscious on the way down.

Fortunately for both hikers, Mount Washington Ski Patrol volunteers were attending their annual refresher course, so trained rescuers were close by. Authorities say the hard, icy conditions aren’t very forgiving. Once you start to slide, you don’t stop until you hit something or the ravine bottom.

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