FARMINGTON -- Three boys agree they would pack more food and water the next time they go hiking, just in case they need to spend an extra night in the wilderness.
Max Klingler, 10, and his cousins, Sam Bradford, 10, and Jasper Bradford, 7, were flown by AirMed from Ricks Canyon in Farmington to the Davis County Justice Center where their mothers greeted them. They left Monday to go on an overnight hike with Peter Bradford, 36. He is the father of Sam and Jasper and the uncle of Max.
The Bradfords, of Centerville, are experienced hikers, said Michelle Bradford, the mother of Sam and Jasper.
"We do a lot of hiking, so I wasn't worried, until this morning," Michelle said.
Michelle called Davis County Sheriff's dispatch Wednesday morning to report the hikers missing. The sheriff's Search and Rescue Team and an AirMed helicopter were deployed to search for the group.
By that time Peter and the boys had hiked within cell phone range and Peter called his wife to let her know they were OK. That's when they saw the helicopter. They were about one mile from the bottom of Rick's Canyon.
The helicopter landed and flew the boys to the justice center, where paramedics checked their medical condition. The helicopter returned and brought Peter out, along with the group's backpacks.
None of the hikers had serious medical issues.
Peter said he took his sons and nephew on Monday to hike Steed Canyon. The group planned to return Tuesday evening.
"We were late coming down and then the boys got sick, so we stopped," Peter said. "There was no way to contact everyone who'd be freaking out."
The trails in that area are game trails and it's "extremely rugged terrain," said Davis County Sheriff's Sgt. Susan Poulsen.
Poulsen said the Bradfords had moved to Centerville a few weeks ago from the Salt Lake area.
The group had warm clothing, sleeping bags, food and water.
"Next time, we won't eat all the food at once and we'll take more water," Max said.
"We got pretty hungry," Sam said.
The boys said they had a big main meal around noon and only carrots and snack bars left. By evening, the carrots and snack bars were gone, along with the water.
The older boys said they zipped their two sleeping bags together and all three boys slept in the big sleeping bag together Tuesday night.
"It was squishy," Jasper said.
Megan Klingler, mother of Max, said she was not too worried Tuesday night because she knew they were prepared.
The boys said it was "exciting" when they saw their moms.
"Peter did a good job," Michelle said about keeping the boys safe.