That article definitely helps me realize the luck my group had when we went out there.
Myself and two friends (one of which is a fellow photographer) set out to photograph the sunrise the Sunday before the two rescuees in the article went up. After about an hour of shooting along the base trails, and about 30 minutes after the sun came up, we made the decision to climb to the top without even knowing what/where the top was. We had about 4 liters of water between us and about a liter of gatorade. Food consisted of about a half dozen energy bars, and two of us had 30 pound camera bags with us.
To say the least, we will never go so unprepared ever again. We made it to Flatiron (I stopped at the very last wall before reaching the top because I didn't trust myself to scale it with the bag I was carrying, nor with my level of dehydration) but not before running out of all fluids 3/4 of the way up. For added fun we lost the trail twice on the way back down, the other two guys got minor ankle sprains, and we came out of the trails into some friggin RV park quite a distance away from my car. Counting the photographing of the sunrise, NUMEROUS stops along the way up, an hour or so at the top, and almost as many stops on the way back down, plus getting lost twice, I think we were hiking for a good 10 hours.
Since then we have PROPERLY hiked Camelback and Fossil Springs, but not before stocking up on trekking poles, GPS devices, a water filtration device, camelbak hydration packs, hats, gloves, food supplies, etc.
We truly were lucky that the article in this thread wasn't written about us considering all of the stupid mistakes we made, but I'll be damned if it wasn't a surefire way to teach us a lesson that we'd never forget! If our experience turned south the way it did, I can't imagine what the outcome would've been if we had tried something as crazy as a full frontal attack on Flatiron...