When we do an activity in the middle of nature, such as hiking or trekking, we must be aware, among other things, that we are doing it in a changing natural environment which we cannot control. That is why knowing how to evaluate and manage the risks we face or may face is vital to avoid major problems, always knowing that there is no such thing as zero risk.
One of the risks we most often face is not knowing when to end a route. It is often said that a timely withdrawal is a battle won and usually the lack of experience, physical preparation and overestimation of our capabilities, are not usually good advisers in this type of decision.
There are various factors and signs, some unexpected, others more predictable, which warn us or give us small warnings that the time is coming to end our activity and return home, knowing that our goal will still be there waiting for us a few more days and most likely without moving from the site.
But before we find ourselves in the position of having to make the decision to turn around, before we start our route, we will have already had to work this section to try to minimize the problems and be aware of the difficulties presented by the challenge we are going to face, that is, we must prepare the activity.
This work, done in the comfort of our home, should be inherent in every route we take, as simple as it may seem, and once there, it will undoubtedly help us to make better decisions.
But the work we are obliged to do does not end here. Once on the route, while we enjoy the landscapes we cross, the company and ultimately the activity we have decided to do, we will have to continue to be attentive, and assess, how many signs are giving us indications of the proximity of the unwanted moment to turn around.
These are some warnings to be aware of, as they are certainly warning us of possible futher complications.
These facts are undoubtedly making it clear to us that we must withdraw in order to avoid greater evils.
It is significant that in a great majority of the complications and rescues that occur have as one of the factors that caused them the fact of not knowing how to turn around in time, even before leaving the car.
Be prudent, apply common sense and check every few times in case any of these signs are warning you.