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Mar 19, 2012 5:05 PM

Tucson author filming video about boy scouts' tragic deaths

VAIL, Ariz.-A local author is shooting a video book trailer to educate people about a tragic snow storm that killed three boy scouts on a hike in the Santa Rita Mountains.

The year was 1958, six boy scouts were on a hike up Mt. Baldy, when they were hit by a monstrous blizzard. "It was a snow storm that dropped three to seven feet of snow," Cathy Hufault says.

Hufault is the author of "Death Clouds on Mt. Baldy". It tells the story of the six scouts, ages 11 to 16, who set out to climb the mountain, without realizing a huge storm brewing over head. Hufault was inspired to write the book because her brother is one of the surviving scouts. It was daunting conditions, with zero degree temperature," Hufault says.

She and her husband are shooting a three to four minute book trailer for YouTube about the tragedy. "We want to further inspire people to read about this story, to immortalize it," Hufault says.

The Hufaults started by shooting a scene at the X9 Ranch in Vail, where horsemen made their way up the mountains to find the boys. The 19 day search became the largest rescue operation in Southern Arizona. "Afterwards they formed the Southern Arizona Rescue Association and that association has literally saved hundreds of lives through the years," Hufault says.

She still tears up when telling the story, but knows it's one that needs to be told and remembered. "It's also a story of loyalty, bravery, against impossible odds," Hufault says.

Filming should take a few more months. Once completed, the video will be called "Death Clouds on Mt. Baldy".

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