2 BYU students spent a cold night on Mt. Timpanogos and were rescued this morning. They experienced mild hypothermia but they recovered quickly after rescuers brought them off the mountain.
On Friday, November 1, 2013, BYU students Zachary Bunch and Janzen Murch, both 18 years old from Washington state, went for a hike on Mount Timpanogos from the Aspen Grove Trailhead above Sundance in Provo Canyon. They were somewhat prepared, with extra clothes, sleeping bags, and some food, but after they lost sight of the trail they got wet in the snow and were unable to make their way down without assistance.
At about 8:10 P.M. they called Utah Valley Dispatch Special Service District asking for help. Janzen and Zachary were in the area of Hidden Lakes, below the summit of Mt. Timpanogos. A pilot with the Utah County Sheriff's Office was able to locate the men and volunteers with Utah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, reached them and brought them off the mountain. While tired and cold, Bunch and Murch are in very good condition.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912