The others post here, so far, have failed to focus on the primary issue. PLANNING! This hike was doomed before it ever began. To begin with, none of these folks should ever have tried this extreme hike without a lot of other, less ambitious hikes in order to gain the proper experience. (1)Almost no one over the age of 70 should have attempted this hike. (2) Almost no one 15-16 years old has the experience for this hike without capable leadership such as a profession trekking organization. (3) A $500 EPERB Would have ended the drama before it began. (4) NEVER hike in that kind of brutal conditions between 10-4. (5) Weather forecasts are pretty accurate now. They should not have even gone with the kind of heat that was expect.
I am 70 years old and have spent a lifetime adventuring. I know what I am talking about. I am as fit as one can be at my age but would NEVER agree to be responsible for those young lives in that environment. There are dozens of beautiful hikes (i.e. Tahoe Rim trail) these folks could/should have chose. I was perplexed that the older gentlemen would even agree to be interviewed for the program. Had I been responsible for that boy's death I would have moved away in shame, never to talk about it to anyone.
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