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beckett
2007-06-15 14:21:21
UNPREPARED
I read Black Cra’s amusing piece on ‘being prepared’ with more than a passing familiarity for some of the subjects he describes. I have often wondered myself so many of the ill prepared do not appear more often as Mountain Rescue statistics. It is interesting to note that of the two major studies on mountain rescue (Anderson 1994 and Sharp 2001) that have been completed in recent times in these parts there is a striking similarity on the profile of those likely to be rescued (or worse recovered) from the mountains. Invariably they will be male, experienced walkers/climbers, between the age of 26 and 46. Most rescue incidents result from Navigational errors. Of those that suffer physical injury most are as a result of a slip or fall, of these the majority occur to experienced walkers/climbers. Few incidents arise from equipment failure or misuse. Only 7% of incidents involve people who are inadequately equipped or prepared. And for those who really love statistics your probability of being involved in an accident on a mountain is 1:13,000; this is you can expect an accident or incident 1 in every 13000 walks.
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