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Park City men recovering after fall

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Two Park City men were recovering this week in hospitals in Salt Lake City after they were injured in a rockslide while hiking Sunday on Mt. Olympus.

Jesse Blais, 22, was in fair condition Tuesday at University Hospital and 22-year-old Phillip Stogner was in satisfactory condition at LDS Hospital, hospital spokespeople said.

The men were hiking Sunday around 11:45 a.m. when a loose boulder triggered the slide, said Park City native Ben Stollerman, a University of Utah student who was hiking with the group.

About seven of the roughly 13 hikers were ahead of the rest of the group when one of the injured men grabbed the loose rock, Stollerman said, adding that they were only a quarter-mile from the summit of the peak.

Stogner tumbled about 50 feet and Blais about 15 feet in the rockslide, he said.

"Everybody was really concerned. We didn’t know what the conditions of either of them were until later that night," said Stollerman, refusing to comment about the nature of the men’s injuries.

With an elevation of more than 9,000 feet, searchers from the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area.

Rescue teams that deployed on the mountain’s backside approached the group from above around 3:30 p.m. while other searchers hiked in from the base of Mt. Olympus, Stollerman said.

"They ended up airlifting Jesse and Phil out (at around 5 p.m.)," he added.


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