Moisture, ice and cloud cover combined to prevent the soaring team of Gordon Boettger and Hugh Bennett from crossing the Rockies today.
The pair landed safely in Twin Falls, Idaho, after failing to find a means to move further east than Elko.
Boettger communicated with forecaster Doug Armstrong on the ground using a satellite phone.
Through Armstrong, Boettger said he ran into solid cloud cover forcing him to fly by instruments. Ice formed on the Duo Discus glider the two were attempting to fly across the country.
Boettger and Bennett took off from Minden-Tahoe Airport at about 5:30 a.m., and …