Injured hiker may have been on Divide 3 days, officials say

May 15 2013 - 6:02am

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A hiker, Kelly Rogers (in tank top), waits to be lowered Tuesday by Weber County Search and Rescue after he became injured, then disoriented, and spent several days on the North Ogden Divide above North Ogden.  (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Kelly Rogers is lowered to a crew at the bottom of a cliff. From there, Rogers is wheeled to an emergency response vehicle, which drives him to an ambulance that transports him to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden with an injured ankle. He was also dehydrated, officials say. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Weber County Search and Rescue brings an injured hiker down from the cliffs where he was stranded Tuesday, May 14, 2013, on the North Ogden Divide in North Ogden, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Weber County Search and Rescue rescues an injured hiker Tuesday, May 14, 2013, on the North Ogden Divide in North Ogden, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Weber County Search and Rescue rescues an injured hiker Tuesday, May 14, 2013, on the North Ogden Divide in North Ogden, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Weber County Search and Rescue rescues an injured hiker Tuesday, May 14, 2013, on the North Ogden Divide in North Ogden, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
A hiker, Kelly Rogers (in tank top), waits to be lowered Tuesday by Weber County Search and Rescue after he became injured, then disoriented, and spent several days on the North Ogden Divide above North Ogden.  (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Kelly Rogers is lowered to a crew at the bottom of a cliff. From there, Rogers is wheeled to an emergency response vehicle, which drives him to an ambulance that transports him to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden with an injured ankle. He was also dehydrated, officials say. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Weber County Search and Rescue brings an injured hiker down from the cliffs where he was stranded Tuesday, May 14, 2013, on the North Ogden Divide in North Ogden, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Weber County Search and Rescue rescues an injured hiker Tuesday, May 14, 2013, on the North Ogden Divide in North Ogden, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Weber County Search and Rescue rescues an injured hiker Tuesday, May 14, 2013, on the North Ogden Divide in North Ogden, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Weber County Search and Rescue rescues an injured hiker Tuesday, May 14, 2013, on the North Ogden Divide in North Ogden, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)

NORTH OGDEN -- Search and rescue officials on Tuesday participated in the rescue of a Weber County man who claimed to have been stranded on a hillside for three days after sustaining injuries and becoming disoriented on a hike near the North Ogden Divide.

Exactly how long Kelly Rogers, 43, waited to be rescued is still unclear.

Rogers told Weber County Sheriff's Search and Rescue that he had been dropped off in the Nordic Valley area Sunday afternoon and suffered injuries to his knee and ankle after walking for some time.

Rogers said he continued pushing on to find help until his injuries prevented him from progressing further, officials said.

"He got off the trail and got disoriented," said Brandon Woods, from Weber County Sheriff's Search and Rescue. "He went for a hike, and it was just a little too much for him."

Hikers near the North Ogden Divide trail heard Rogers shout for help around 10 a.m. Tuesday and alerted authorities.

Through a multi-agency rescue that included Weber County search and rescue and Riverdale emergency medical services, Rogers was placed on a stretcher and lowered on ropes from the terraced cliff. He was then moved via a wheeled gurney to an emergency response vehicle, which transported him to a nearby ambulance.

"The terrain was pretty rugged," Woods said of the difficulties faced during the rescue. "He was positioned above some pretty steep vertical drop-offs with heavy brush below."

By 2:30 p.m. rescue teams had successfully removed Rogers from the rocky hillside, reporting that, aside from injuries to his knee and ankle and some dehydration, he seemed to be in good health. Rogers was taken to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden for medical treatment.

Weber County Sheriff's Sgt. Brandon Toll said the exact details of what led to Rogers' being stranded are still unknown because of his disoriented state upon rescue. However, Toll said, those details were unimportant when compared to Rogers' urgent need for help.

"Some of the things he told us contradicted each other," Toll said.

"He was disoriented and may have been having a hard time understanding or remembering just what happened up there. But he was in a situation where he required our help, and our main concern was getting him off the mountain safely."

Toll urged everyone to be prepared for unexpected occurrences when heading outdoors. It is important to have a plan before you set out, to make sure somebody knows where you are and to remain on marked trails to avoid getting into trouble, he said.

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