wow tough, thorough reporting a la Jon Krakauer "Into Thin Air" or "Into the Wild." If you're not working on a book you should be. Every day thousands of people endanger themselves going into the backcountry with good intentions but loosely formulated plans .. It seems especially relevant now, given the long range forecasts I've seen predicting warmer, wetter weather than usual for this area? Warm enough, that is, to lure people outside but not warm enough to prevent hypothermia at higher elevations, in wet conditions. Such a tragedy when an innocent trip like this ends up with two people dying.