A massive group of 36 people were hiking Table Mountain on Thursday when two of them became sick and hurt.
A 32-year-old man experiencing symptoms of altitude sickness was vomiting and couldn’t stand up, Teton County Search and Rescue Chief Adviser Cody Lockhart said.
And a 17-year-old female fell when she was about half a mile from the top and injured her ankle so badly she couldn’t walk.
Search and Rescue got the call at 3:30 p.m. Thursday and sent a team to the Teton Canyon Trailhead to begin the 6-mile hike to the injured hikers.
The team also called the interagency helicopter, which was busy putting out a fire in the Snake River Canyon.
“We were trying to come up with a concise plan, like which state and which agency should handle it.” Lockhart said.
Several members of the big church party were calling 911 at the same time, Lockhart said, and their calls were being picked up in Idaho even though the hikers were in Wyoming.
Table Mountain is accessible from Idaho but the trail is near Alta, Wyoming.
“They released the helicopter from the fire, and they flew directly to the Search and Rescue hangar and picked up a few of our rescuers and flew over to Table Mountain and picked up each of the patients,” Lockhart said.
An ambulance met them at the airport in Driggs, and each was taken to the Teton Valley Hospital, Lockhart said.
Their injuries were not life threatening, he said.