All this fretting about exit dates is irrelevant in their cases. And as far as Meyers is concerned, he could have been on his phone to law enforcement recounting every step of his route and it would have made no difference. He was swept away by an avalanche and buried. No one could have reached him in time to save him.
The day hike, and climb was addressed in the OP, and it is true that in the Meyers case it would not have made a difference, but if someone sustained an injury from which they could survive from, for at least a relatively short time, then the 12 day or even a 6 day delay becomes a major issue, maybe not in your case, but maybe to others who may want a chance at survival.
Sorry Mav, on this one, respectfully have to disagree (and for a while now, have held my tongue too.) What you demand is not always possible, and even if it were, really only benefits others - those at home. What if there is no one at home?
I know Mark how you feel about this issue.
Yes it does benefit those at home too, a major benefit not a crutch, because if their is no body, their is no closure, period. Ask the Green Family, or any other person who's loved one perished in the backcountry and there was no body found, whether they would prefer to have one or not?
Their is always a friend who can be a designated contact, if one wants to be found, but if a person excepts the dangers, and has no family who requires ones body for closure, or you do not have a wife and kids who could benefit from the insurance money, then sure let the Sierra claim you, if that is your desire Mark, you do not get any argument from me on this point.