This hasn't happened for a few weeks but I'm never surprised when I hear about this stuff. Not really news, as I consider news to be telling me about something I don't know (or at least might care about). The snow will be coming soon, to a lot of rural areas. So what's the draw for people to go on long walks / hikes in the mountains and wilderness during a blizzard only to get lost? I say F- them, let them die.
First of all, if someone is too stupid to bring a compass, supplies, satellite phone or other helpful devices like "tracking equipment," then why should rescuers be called out into the middle of a blizzard / avalanche just to risk their own necks for some a**hole who's just going to go back and do it again as soon as their tooshie recovers from frost-bite?
There are so many hobbiests out there that have horror stories about losing their wife, kids, middle finger etc doing this stuff like this and still,..........they go back. The news consider's such people to be hero's. Brave souls who have the courage to defeat all odds. Never once thinking, wow, the state just spent $200,000 dollars looking for this person / people, crashed a helicopter and lost 5 forest rangers in the process.
Personally, I think rescuing such people is seriously demeaning Darwin's theory of evolution (i.e. idiots dying off from their own mistakes). I simply have no sympathy in these situations (much like accidents with sky-diving and bungee). Seriously, in this day and age, if you get lost in the woods then you probably have no business being there to begin with. If you tempt fate for thrills, then plan for the risk or die.