WILLARD — Brandon Toll, Weber County Search and Rescue incident commander, said Sunday’s rescue was the first time his crew had been called to assist in a rescue at the area on Willard Peak, which is known as London Spires.
"It was a pretty technical rescue," Toll said. "It’s a very steep, vertical area with a lot of lose 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 after being hit by a small rock slide.
Myers suffered injuries to his shoulder and legs during the slide.
Toll said the two search and rescue teams were briefed at about 5 a.m. Sunday morning 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 climbers were prepared and would not likely have needed to be rescued had the injury not occurred.