WILLARD -- Two men were rescued Sunday afternoon after becoming stuck 8,500 feet up on a mountain near Willard Peak for about 24 hours.
Box Elder County Sheriff Lynn Yeates says 28-year-old Kevin Curtis and 30-year-old Timothy Myers, both of Salt Lake City, became stuck after they dislodged some rocks while climbing up the face of the mountain.
Yeates said Myers was hurt when the rocks were dislodged, possibly breaking both of his legs and an arm. Unofficial reports, however, indicated that Myers broke some toes and dislocated his shoulder.
Curtis was not injured.
"It's a vertical rock with lots of slippery rock," Yeates said.
"These two gentlemen thought they were prepared. They got into an area they were not familiar with."
Yeates said the Salt Lake City men could have been better prepared.
"We went into Google and found rockclimbing.com," said the sheriff. "It showed how verticle the area was, angles at the top and going across the face, how treacherous the rocks were. You can never have too much knowledge before you climb a mountain."
The men called for help Saturday after falling off one of the Three Peaks. They were stuck on an 18-inch ledge of a cliff.
The Box Elder County and Weber County sheriff's offices and pilots of a Life Flight helicopter worked together to get the men off the mountain Saturday.
Difficult terrain and wind prevented them from reaching the men before dark, and the operation was suspended for the night, Yeates said.
The men were provided with food, water and blankets before spending the night on the mountain.
Yeates said the men had brought only enough water for a few hours.
"They ran out of water," Yeates said. "Being in the heat, be prepared and keep yourself hydrated."
He said to pack enough provisions for another day beyond what's expected.
Early Sunday morning, a Life Flight helicopter and a hiking team were sent up the mountain.
Rescue crews were unable to hike up the same path as the stranded hikers because of unstable terrain.
Yeates said what finally worked was dropping rescuers off over the top of the stranded men where they could rappel down.
The men had to be hoisted up almost 100 feet, Yeates said.
The uninjured hiker was able to hike down with rescue crews.
Yeates said 10 members of the Weber County Search and Rescue team helped in the operation.
Eighteen members of the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office were on the scene.