Two out-of-state men rescued on ridge near Vail |

Two out-of-state men rescued on ridge near Vail

Howard Pankratz
Denver Post

Two men who fell down a ravine east of Vail were rescued late Monday night by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and the Vail Mountain Rescue Group.

The two men were identified as Michael Sofka, 23, of Ohio and Christopher Sigmund, 20, of Pennsylvania.

According to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, the pair parked their car on the side of Mann’s Ranch Road around 1 p.m. Monday and proceeded to hike up a mountain, cutting their own trail.

When they reached the top of the mountain, the pair decided to start a campfire and eat before hiking down.

As they were coming down, they became lost and fell down the ravine. Sofka called 911 at 6:19 p.m. Monday and reported the pair were stuck on a steep ridge, cold but not hurt.

He also told dispatchers that they had lost their flashlights in the fall, but had a few glow sticks, 80 ounces of water and granola bars.

At 10:45 p.m. Monday, rescuers found the men and were able to bring them off the ridge. They were cold but uninjured.

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