Plan for the worst, hope for the best!
A reality is that your next trip can go horribly wrong. Of course, we never expect these things to happen, but again...its a reality. There is only so much we can do to plan for these things and we simply cannot plan for every situation. The only answer to that would be to sit in a bubble all day, every day. Yeah, not fun. High risk, high reward, right? It is important that as you go out on your next trip, whether its a day or multi-day trip, you have a plan in place that lets someone back home know all the details.
Something we have created is a Contingency Plan. This quick document is completed before every trip and given to those staying back in the city. Not only does it let those know our location, but it helps the expedition leader pack better (and not forget anything).
Below is screen-shots of the document. If you would like a copy, please email us and we will get it to you. Most importantly, get something like this and use it. Prep for the worst, hope for the best.