With the cold, snow, and blasting winds we got Tuesday night here, you can imagine the conditions on the western edge of the High Country, on the ridge at the state line where the Appalachian Trail runs. gathered at the Frank Volunteer Fire Department in far western Avery to take part in a search along the Appalachian Trail, an effort that then turned into a rescue. The effort launched late yesterday morning after a call from the two hikers reporting that they were trapped by deep snow and were being beaten down by the combination of high winds and single-digit temperatures