I am glad you like adventure and took up the challenge. In an adventure, a lot of the mishaps and close calls were due to human error and improper or faulty equipment. Having the proper gear is essential in not turning an adventure into a misadventure. I was very touched that you regretted on your decision not to wait for the other groups and hopefully it was a powerful lesson for you. No matter what, I want to congratulate for reaching the highest 'peak' ever in your life so far and may you climb more peaks in the future.