The Rocky Mountain News had a story today detailing how four guys from CU got lost while snowshoeing on Mt. Princeton.
These guys did just about everything wrong: They wore all cotton in a wet snowstorm; they left the trail to find a "short cut" down; they split up.
They were rescued at about 11 p.m. after calling search and rescue on a cell phone.
The rescuers said the hikers were aloof and expressed little gratitude. But the father of one young man later said the hikers would say thank you and send a hefty donation to search and rescue.
Anyone looking for basic advice before heading into the backcountry could do well reading a Gazette article with Colorado Mountain Club trip leader Bill Houghton. In short, be prepared.
And should you need help, always thank your rescuer.