's transcription , it's fairly clear to me, UID was awaiting a rescue. The writing reminds me of the wording in Geraldine Largay's notebook in the Maine case.
In a notebook entry dated 6 August 2013, two weeks after she lost her way, Largay made a desperate plea: “When you find my body, please call my husband George and my daughter Kerry,” she wrote. “It will be the greatest kindness for them to know that I am dead and where you found me – no matter how many years from now. Please find it in your heart to mail the contents of this bag to one of them.”
A journal found with the remains of 66-year-old Geraldine Largay show that she tried in vain to send SOS messages but finally accepted she would die
Other than this for wording, and the finding in a remote tent, I don't think we should at all be comparing the two situations, since GL's was quite unique, and there were some specific circumstances that rarely appear in media.
For starters, with all those games and 20 cigarette packs, UID (could we maybe given him a name?), was clearly planning to spend some time in the wilderness.
For someone with serious back problems, this guy is certainly not going ultralight! He also seems very well-prepared.
The thing is, he was found at significant altitude, and with all those cigarette packs, his lungs might not at all have been cooperative.
The find does remind me of another one, also in CO, but this one was searched for.... Here is the story. Note:
A journal and notebook found at the campsite indicated that Nelson may have been suffering from altitude sickness at the time of his disappearance, said Jessie Mosher, a spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff's Office. "We have reason to believe that might have played a factor in his disappearance," she told msnbc.com on Sunday.