"Being aware of all the potential dangers of slipping is the most important part of being safe."
From my extensive experience being a part of a mountain guide and rescue service in accidents on mountains, and from talking with similar services in different countries in the world, I can make a constatation that slipping is one of the most common reasons for accidents while mountaineering.
Because of this fact, it is always necessary to make a good assessment of dangers and risks which you could encounter through the mountains, before every mountaineering tour.
In order to be able to make a good assessment of the risk of slipping during mountaineering, you need to be aware of part of the reasons that most often lead to creating this danger, and with that how to successfully deal with it.
Slipping happens in all the periods of the year, but it is the most common in the autumn and winter months of the year and for the following reasons:
More frequent raining in autumn
Trails are covered with leaves from the trees and are wet and slippery
The days are shorter which means lower visibility
Remains on the trails of morning snow and frost
- How will you act in the event of an accident
In the end, occasionally review the plans that you made based on these assumptions to make sure that you are making the right choices over and over again. Being aware of all the potential dangers of slipping is the most important part of being safe.
Written by: Petar Nolev, mountain guide, and rescue service