Manti, who in their right mind would stage a crime scene where the tent is so obviously misplaced? Did they think the authorities were without their wits? Why do we find three hikers dead in the snow trying to attain this tent? If this were a crime, those three should have been hidden and buried elsewhere, or left for the wolves,(shivver). Teddy`s idea that the skiers went downhill and your suggestion they could skirt the tree line are intelligent and reasonable, but we must follow,the bread crumbs, so to speak. For me this leads to two questions that might be keys. 1. Who stands to gain from their loss? 2. Who was the idiot that puts a tent, but not the bodies a mile away? Is it plausible to believe they camped in the forest, met with foul play and the villains only moved the tent a mile uphill to throw future investigators off the scent? Who would leave that much to chance? Manti, you
If the hikers were victims of foul play, they could be buried anywhere in that lonely country. Their belongings, tent and skis burned and buried. Their disappearance put down to any number of farfetched reasons. Instead, they are found in a condition and location which is logical, explainable and actual. Do you not feel that by keeping to high ground was a better strategy at the time? If they were to ski down slope, could they not be fooled by terrain in whiteout conditions by misreading the slope and skiing the wrong direction? As it is, popular wisdom suggests Igor was an experienced hiker, prestigious leader but discounted as lousy at reading a compass! It makes sense to believe they actually camped on the high ground and were scared of that ground by a tremor. This tremor could be due to slab shift, parachute flares or whatever else is within reason. I opt for the geology. They misjudged the distance to the safety of the forest. The chance of being burned by a flare is infinitesimal. The difficulty in reasoning backwards from the results to the beginning seems to be founded in the bungling of the case, probably from an assumption the kids were caught out in conditions they couldn't handle.