Both Google Maps and Microsoft Streets and Trips plotted this fatal course. This gives a whole new meaning to the term "Killer Ap". The mapping software should define regions as non plot-able. That means that they forbid plotting a destination inside of, or a path through these regions. I will bet that all states west of the Rockies that have regions where this should be true. As far as Oregon goes you would start by blocking out the whole state then allowing the few main thoroughfares. The problem remains and next week someone else somewhere else may attempt to follow Goggle map to their death. The question is, how do you safely use an internet maps? There needs to be a set of common sense rules to follow when using these maps. The road was marked as impassable in the winter, so Mr. Kim must take the responsibility for putting his family in danger. I do not see this as the action of a hero.. Sorry.. Let me share a bit of my history. I was born and raised in Roseburg Or, about 100 mi north of the Rogue River Valley. My dad loved the outdoors and driving, we had a Willys Overland in 1960 and spent a lot of time in the woods of Southern Oregon hunting, hiking and exploring the endless net of logging roads. So I am familiar with the terrain and conditions the Kims were facing. First let me address the snow and weather. this region is not snow covered for the winter until you are well above 5000'. During the day (and most nights) the temperatures are typically above freezing. the low average may be 35 and the high average 45. The Kims got caught in the last in a series of storms that passed over the region in November. it was a cold front that dropped the nighttime temperatures into the 20's. By Dec 1 the weather was beautiful (maybe day time highs in the lower 50's or upper 40's. It is not really very cold, frost bite is not a big problem in most of Oregon. If you look at the pics of their car when the wife and kids were rescued there is very little snow, if they had not disabled their car I bet they could have driven out. The Rogue River Valley did not get that name lightly. There is a hiking trail along the Rogue River that is known as the roughest most dangerous trail in the state. In the summer you must carry water, navigate narrow stretches of trial threading across cliffs with fatal drops to rocks and river below on one side, with your shoulder against a vertical cliff on the other. This region is world class rugged. It is very easy to go down and can be anywhere from difficult, to impossible to go back up. I am sure that in many regions going down is the right thing to do. Unfortunately in the Pacific Northwest that is the absolutely worst thing you can do. You need to stay high, the ridge lines are where the navigable game trails are, the creeks and bottoms are brush filled and usually impassible. In this day and age going up also can get you cell phone service. The mountains shield cell signals from getting into the canyons but if you can get to a ridge top it is very likely that you will get cell service. We will never know why James left the road. He should not have, had he kept walking the road he may well have found help and actually been a hero, now he is just dead. A good safety rule in the west would be: “Do Not lose the center line”. If you drive on for 2 miles with no center line you should turn around and return to a known point. In Oregon, and I am sure other western states, roads with no center line have no guarantee of coming out. They may not be used for weeks at a time between hunting season and spring. If you want to see first hand what getting to the Rouge River means check this link out http://www.mailboat.com/slideshow.cfm"