Well, there's a good reason they call it the Donner Party
. Heck, they even had those nifty little finger sandwiches.
Anyway, given their experience and that of the Rugby team in the Andes, wouldn't it be wise to tell people, "On day one, send some people out walking. You're going to send them anyway, a month or two later, but by then half of you will be soup bones. Why not start the hike before
you're all starving to death?"