20th of December, Mountain safety.

Today its time for door number twenty, and out of  judgement you might learn a plenty…

What is Mountain Safety? This is a broad question, but I think it can be catch up in this; The sum of your skills and experience with the ability to make the right judgement out from the current conditions. But what does that means in the reality? As a guide we always do a security plan in the beginning  of the day. Here we take all facts that we got into consideration, and out from that we making the days planning. The conditions, the group and the map, makes together the way forward. Now I also got a understanding of what equipment I/we will need. If you want to try this in a theoretical way you can use this model as a test for you; Your competence(1-10) times your experience (1-10) and divided with the conditions (1= simple, 2 = medium, 3 = difficulty, 4 = extreme. Example I am OK with skiing = 5 I have been in the area before = 5 And the weather is a bit windy = 2 (5 X 5 /2 =12,5 ) and everything under 25 is a red flag. Meaning you have to think and plan in a very good way. You might need to change your plans. Obs. this is by no a conclusion, just a focus, due to it is just a theoretical model…

The crucial word here must be judgement, and how do I do that? Well, here comes the experience in. And it becomes a psychological game in a way. How objective are you in your way of judgement? Well here comes some help for you to become to make better judgement. Be aware of personal bias. Recognise where your unconscious  preference and motivations influence hoe you make decisions. Consider opposite points of view. Good judgement is about making the best decision rather than ensuring your viewpoint wins out. Accept your mistakes. Good leaders are self-aware, able to take responsibility for mistakes and to take negative feedback when required. Learn from experience. Bank what works and avoid repeating what didn’t. Avoid flip-flopping. Use instinct where necessary to make and start to take action.  Automate repeat and routine decisions to free your mind for more important decisions. Rethink your judgement decisions and think of the result. In the end to make good judgement, the key here is the fact that it starts and ends with you isn’t that true? So the more you know yourself the better judgement and less flip-flopping it will be. I asked Nicklas Blom NICKLAS BLOM PHOTOGRAPHY the photograph and sledge dog handler, what mountain safety is for him. He answered; It is very important to bring all stuff you need. Then if storm hits you, you just have to stay still where you are. He also told me the importance of communicate your route planning for someone in the family or a friend. When it comes to weather judgement, Nicklas also mention the important of separate uncomfortable weather within dangerous…

The book of the day will be the; Basic Mountain safety from A-Z Basic Mountain Safety: From A to Z (SuperGuide) (Recreation Superguides): Leslie Johnson: 9781552650233: Amazon.com: Books

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See ya tomorrow…

 

 

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  1. I.portant yopic Bergman and especially Niklas advise. Many people get inte trouble becouse they ”have to go somewhere else”, they are in a harry for the train or buss back home and take risks. Better to stay put and whait for the weather to roll over.

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