Another Alaskan death drive movie: what is going on up there? : )
If the guys had stayed with the wrecked plane, they would have had a slim chance of being found.
This chance evaporated when they went with Mr. Suicidal Impulses into the forest to evade/be the wolves.
The cynical nihilist had the most truly spiritual experience and non-violent death, for the same reason. He was Schopenhauer.