One thing that I think bears mentioning too is that until you are actually in the real deal, none of knows for sure how we will perform. It is easy to sit safely and comfortably in our arm chairs in front of a computer and judge.
this was a shit show. 2 sets of equipment for 5 people? stay the fuck home - you have no business in the backcountry if that is how you plan to go out there. this group ONLY got extremely lucky that the victim wasn't completely buried, caught in something a few cubic meters larger, happened to be one of the two with a beacon... on and on.
complete shit show. i have absolutely NO problems sitting comfortably on my couch the day after i rode bc the right way with two complete beginners. we were all equipped, we dug pits, we talked about the terrain and the hazards, etc, etc.
these fools got lucky. period.