A pair of stranded hikers on Willard Peak, one of whom reportedly has broken legs, will have to spend the night on a narrow cliff face until search and rescue crews can get to them Sunday morning, according to the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Lynn Yeates said the two men called dispatch at 5:30 p.m. Saturday to report they were stuck, but rescue helicopters were not able to reach them. Yeates said about 9:15 p.m. that it was too dark for rescuers to continue their efforts, so they would try again in the morning.
Yeates said a helicopter was able to drop off food and blankets to the hikers both 40-year-old men from Salt Lake City to help them get through the night.
The men have to share a space about 2 feet wide, Yeates said.
"It's very, very scary up there very, very steep face," he said.
The plan for Sunday is to fly rescue crews from Box Elder and Weber counties to a peak above the cliff face called Inspiration Point. The crews will then climb down to the two men. Yeates said it was too dark for that plan to be carried out safely Saturday night.
Yeates said the hikers reported that rocks had fallen on them from above as they were climbing to the peak.