Escape routes

An escape route is a route that offers a rapid or alternative retreat from the planned route, to be used if there is an injury in the group, or if the weather does not allow the group to continue safely along the planned route. Ideally, an escape route leads to a point offering vehicular access, although this will not always be possible. Some trips will not offer an obvious escape route. In these circumstances it may be that the only practicable escape routes are to either return to the start or continue to the intended finish. In such cases, the leader should determine the ‘mid point’ of the trip, from an escape perspective.