I'm sitting here in Hood River, Ore., a radio scanner picking up occasional conversations, as we wait for news that Brian Hall and Jerry "Nikko" Cooke have been found.
I figured we might get a better idea of who these men were in photos today. They're snapshots of the final days of their lives. The camera, found on Kelly James' body, had a roll of film that has now been developed. Investigators say the photos show the men starting out on their climb, smiling, seemingly upbeat. They also show the gear they had.
From those pictures, the sheriff says he thinks the climbers were supplied for the days they planned to be on the mountain (about six days). It's unlikely that the gear and food they had would sustain them this long (the search began 10 days ago, four days into their climb.)
I'd like to see the photos. I think those who are watching this story unfold want to see the photos.
But the family members of the hikers who have bravely faced this tragedy, often on-camera at news conferences, have said sharing these pictures with the media is too much. They've asked us if someone gives us the photos, not to use them.
They're not going to share them with us. They're going to keep them to themselves, to remember the men they loved, and to look, perhaps in vain, for an explanation in the pictures of why this happened in the first place.