WILLARD -- Brandon Toll, Weber County Search and Rescue incident commander, said Sunday's rescue of two mountaineers was the first time his crew had been called to assist in a rescue at the area on Willard Peak known as London Spires.
"It was a pretty technical rescue," Toll said. "It's a very steep, vertical area with a lot of loose rocks."
Heavy winds also played a significant role in Sunday's rescue of two men stuck 8,500 feet up on Willard Peak for nearly 24 hours.
Search and rescue teams from Weber and Box Elder County rescued 28-year-old Kevin Curtis and 30-year-old Timothy Myers, both of Salt Lake City, after the two men became stuck on the mountain when rocks began to fall from a cliff they were climbing.
Myers suffered a dislocated shoulder and injuries to his feet during the slide. Curtis was uninjured.
According to Myers' father, Kip, Myers is doing well, recovering from foot surgery in Ogden's McKay-Dee Hospital.
Toll said the two search and rescue teams were briefed around 5 a.m. Sunday and the rescue was finished by 5 p.m.
Toll said heavy winds interfered with the stability of a rescue helicopter.
"There were some wind issues, and we had to wait for things to calm a little bit," Toll said. "It was a long day, but the actual rescue only took about four hours."
Toll said the hikers were prepared and experienced and would not likely have needed to be rescued had the injuries not occurred.
Kip Meyers said he and his family will be forever thankful to the search and rescue crews who brought his son off the mountain safely.
"Those guys did an unbelievable job," he said. "We are just so grateful for what they did to get those guys off of that mountain."