Eggleston told the Vail Daily his ordeal won’t stop him from hiking more peaks in the future. He’ll just work out his timing a bit better. “(I’m) definitely not going to be coming down any mountains at 3 o’clock. I guess the rule of thumb is to come down by noon so I’m going to stick to that,” he said.
Good rule of thumb. But for the inexperienced climber, it's not enough. So here's a better one.
YOU WILL TRAVEL MUCH SLOWER UP A FOURTEENER THAN YOU THINK. ONE MILE PER HOUR IS AN OPTIMISTIC ESTIMATE. PLAN TO BE HEADING DOWN BY 10 A.M. IF YOU WANT TO GUARANTEE A SUMMIT. THAT OFTEN MEANS RISING WELL BEFORE DAWN. EVEN THEN, DANGEROUS STORMS CAN MOVE IN. GO PREPARED TO TURN BACK.