UTAH COUNTY, Utah, May 26, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah County Sheriff’s Office personnel set up a command post at the Aspen Grove trailhead Monday night as they prepared to assist a stranded hiker.
Sgt. Spencer Cannon, UCSO public information officer, said the 18-year-old, who is from Washington state, wasn’t injured, but was “stuck on a ledge” about 9,000 feet up at Roberts Horn, below Mount Timpanogos.
Cannon told Gephardt Daily the teen would probably be spending the night where he was because, although the temperature would be chilly, the weather is mild.
Equipment was dropped to the young man to get him through the night, but some time later the decision was made to bring him off the cliff side.
Cannon tweeted, “Even well equipped, this is a high risk rescue.”
Later, Cannon tweeted that the helicopter hoist crew had safely rescued the man from the cliff side.
“This was not without risk, but the hoist crew carefully planned and flawlessly executed the rescue,” the tweet said. “The skill of these crews saves countless hours and many lives. Kudos to them!!”
18 year old Washington state man stranded at 9,000’ after choosing the road less traveled. Got ledged out on cliff face. Equipment dropped to him so he could stay the night. @UCSO_SAR will bring him off Mt. Timp tomorrow. Even well equipped, this is a high risk rescue. @UCSO pic.twitter.com/MO2CjYceHv
— Spencer Cannon (@SGTCannonPIO) May 26, 2020