Rescuers help the man, too weak to climb, to descend from Mt. Timpanogos


PROVO, Utah (ABC4) – Rescuers in Utah County helped an Arkansas man descend from Mt. Timpanogos after he became too weak to continue the descent.

Just after 9 a.m. on Monday, the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Office and the Sundance North Fork Ambulance responded to the Aspen Grove trailhead in Provo Canyon for a man descending from Mt. Timpanogos who could not continue alone.

The 59-year-old man from Arkansas had come to Utah specifically to climb the second highest peak in the Wasatch Mountains.

They started their hike on Monday and made it to Emerald Lake before deciding to turn around and come back down.

Sometime later, the sheriff’s office said the man, who had a difficult medical history, had become too weak to continue.

Rescuers say a brother came down while the man was resting. When the brother returned to see the man, he found that the man had made no progress down the mountain. He also ran out of food and water.

Another hiker said he ran into the man and realized he was not doing well, but the man did not want help. This hiker contacted Central Utah Dispatch, prompting a response from rescuers.

The man was stabilized, Utah County SAR placed him in a Stokes wheeled cart and transported him off the mountain.

From there, the man was able to leave with his family. He is expected to recover.

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