Three men managed to survive, but were forced to make a decision no friend should ever have to face: whether to expose themselves to more danger on the mountain in western Canada by continuing to try to find and rescue the others, or leave and get help for themselves.
It took two days for search teams to recover the bodies of the eight victims.
On The Early Show Monday, one of the other three, Jeff Adams, described his ordeal.
He says the families of the victims have reassured the survivors that they made the right decision -- "Without the right equipment, there was nothing we could do."
"We were all amazing friends," he added.