Thanks for sharing your thought process. Too often, we hear the stories with unhappy endings - not the unexciting days when wise decisions were made.
As I said to the other three guys I met (who were also up for turning back and picking their way through the trees) - they were boring,... and I liked that.
At first it felt like a non-success to not get to complete the loop as intended, but getting into a habit of simply sending a message with our cool satellite toys and returning to the car with no unwanted excitement or stress felt like a success. And I can simply go enjoy this loop on a day when the visibility is good.
As you can probably tell from reading my post, I’m praising myself for a good decision, hoping to reinforce this and make it a regular thing. Good boy, Mike.
Good boy, indeed! :D I’m always impressed by climbers who turn back within sight of the summit or paddlers who decide not to run that waterfall after a week of paddling. Reading the sad posts about LK has been a good reminder that there are much worse things than unexciting days.
Agreed. Good call. Good boy Mike.