So on our Sunday hike up Washington we came across several groups with obvious rented equipment who had left their packs half way up the mountain in a bid to make things lighter going up to the summit - one of these groups seemed to be a family. I didn't want to get in the way of their fun but I did try to point out how dangerous this potentially could be. Does this happen very often on Washington? What should one do in general when witnessing unsafe hiking? I know one could just ignore it, but I'm not particularly interested in hearing stories on the news if they can be avoided.