Wilderness emergencies caused by sudden, unpredictable changes in conditions may be unavoidable BUT:
Ignorance, inattentiveness, bravado, and lack of preparedness cause more wilderness emergencies than sudden changes in conditions.
IGNORANCE of terrain, climate, skill level or physical health of groups and individuals.
IGNORANCE of skills required to conduct the activity safely.
IGNORANCE of risks inherent in the activity.
where you are going, who is going, and what you need to stay safe.
INATTENTIVENESS to changes in conditions.
INATTENTIVENESS to a participant’s state of mind and physical condition.
INATTENTIVENESS to the risks inherent in the activity.
to participants, conditions, and risks.
BRAVADO that blinds us to our own limitations.
BRAVADO of a group that obscures the obvious risk.
BRAVADO of trying to impress others.
don’t be foolish.
LACK OF PREPAREDNESS not having the proper gear for the activity.
LACK OF PREPAREDNESS failing to study and understand risks.
LACK OF PREPAREDNESS not assessing suitability and limitations of participants.
bring the gear, knowledge and skills required to assure safety.
Sudden changes in the weather, the terrain, or the ability of a participant to carry on demand we
STOP; REASSESS, and CHANGE PLANS.
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