Hey guys let's tone down the attacks, what ever your feelings are.
Avalanche professionals have been following this one fairly closely as it does set what could be a scary precedent. The most basic being that you could be facing criminal charges because you went out into the wilderness without a piece of gear that some official somewhere decided was and absolute requirement and without it you are behaving criminally. Not digging that vibe at all. The next thing is people who have gone the extra length, like myself, could be held to an even higher standard. Being made responsible for possibly others bad decisions. Just because of the fact that I have been trained in avalanche education. Not digging that one either.
In all, when you go out there it should be up to the party. Those with good sense should take the avalanche education courses, have the gear, and use their brain. Those who choose not to will eventually pay the price, like in this situation. Nothing criminal about it imo. She was just as aware as he was of the dangers. They both chose to make bad decisions.