According to the search and rescue coordinators who bring in both the living and the dead from the mountains of southwestern Montana, those who perish under such circumstances follow remarkably similar patterns of behavior. Hunters lose the trail, then invariably climb to try to gain a vantage point. Still unsure, they meander in corkscrew patterns or turn in circles before panicking and plunging blindly downhill, discarding rifles, packs, and even clothing in their haste. When searchers find them, the victims are sometimes in their underwear, face down on beds of snow. Most, even before disrobing, were ill-prepared to spend even one night outdoors in cold weather.