Irrespective of whatever reason the group left the tent given the conditions and lack of good outer clothing the group would know they had a better chance of surviving if they stayed together and worked as a team. But there are indications that they split up on the slope? If they did split up what reason(s) could there be for this?
Is it possible that someone or something was persuing them and they inadvertently split up while trying to evade them?
I think that that is probably the case or near enough the case. Something scared them out of the Tent and likely followed them down the slope. Question is then WHAT ! ?
Yes. That is what I am trying to understand too. There are other scenarios that could explain the scene at the cedar, but they become more and more unlikely and require a very specific set of events.
The most obvious reason for leaving the tent without shoes or outdoor gear is some kind of significant and immediate threat to life.
It seems to me on the face of it, that there is reasonable evidence/indications to suggest that group split up on the slope. This flies in the face of all logical action that a group of skilled people who would have clearly understood their best options for survival. Unless of course they were being pursued by the same threat that forcednthem from the tent and had to at some point scatter to evade that threat.
At the cedar - why did the Yuris climb that tree? If it was for fire wood and they managed to make a fire then how come they died of hypothermia while the fire was still hot enough to burn them. If other group members had been with them then surely they would have climbed the tree to collect the wood? And yet there is evidence that Yuris were in that tree. So were they in the tree to evade the threat?
There is a single explanation that can answer all of the above stages of the event.
1. They left the tent in a hurry because there was a significant threat
2. They split up on the slope because there was a significant threat and they were forced to scatter in an act of self preservation.
3. The Yuris and maybe others, climed the cedar to find a place of safety away from the threat.
but what was the threat?
Maybe it's time to explore the Yeti theory in more detail. Even if they don't exist