Good point. In this case, smoke markers or flares would've been the better choice, but no one goes off expecting to be snow bound for a week. The weather that blew in was the worst in many years. I'd bet the ranch (if I had one) that these climbers had no intentions of scaling Hood in those conditions. A more liberal use of their cell-phones (as well as having one for each climber) to check on the weather conditions might've prevented this tragedy.
Originally Posted by Bill O
When you're chewing on life's gristle
Don't grumble, give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best. And always look on the bright side of life.