Photo by David French
Many years ago, The
Mountaineers devised a set
of guidelines to help people
conduct themselves safely in
the mountains. Based on
careful observation of the
habits of skilled climbers
and a thoughtful analysis of
accidents, it has served well
for not only climbers but,
with slight adaptation, for all
wilderness travelers.

It is not inflexible doctrine,
but the above climbing code
has proven to be a sound
A Climbers Code:

1) A climbing party of three is the minimum, unless adequate prearranged support is available.
On glaciers, a minimum of two rope teams is recommended.

2) Rope up on all exposed places and for all glacier travel. Anchor all belays.

3) Keep the party together, and obey the leader or majority rule.

4) Never climb beyond your ability and knowledge.

5) Never let judgment be overruled by desire when choosing the route or deciding whether to turn back.

6) Carry the necessary clothing, food, and equipment at all times.

7) Leave the trip itinerary with a responsible person.

8) Follow the precepts of sound mountaineering as set forth in textbooks of recognized merit.

9) Behave at all times in a manner that reflects favorably upon mountaineering, with minimum impact to
the environment.

In all your ways acknowledge the Lord, and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:6
Climbing Safety Basics                                                   
guide to practices that minimize risk. The above statement and the 9 points in the image above, were taken from the book "Mountaineering
The Freedom Of The Hills"  It is books like the aforementioned that should be studied as put forth in rule number eight.I cannot tell you
how many mishaps, rotten circumstances, and accidents that myself and my companions could have avoided if we just would have
followed the above rules. Many climbers figure that once they reach the summit that the climb is basically over. Nothing could be further
from the truth. It is reported that 80% of the fatalities in climbing occur on the way down. Inadequate protection and anchors pulling out
continue to figure heavily in direct and contributory causes for injuries and fatalities. So take all precautions and gain all the skills you can.
They will serve you well in the wilderness.

But with all that being said, it is also proper to mentions this. Even the most skilled and prudent climbers loose their lives. Unforeseen
circumstances (rock fall, avalanche, weather, etc.) along with the inherent dangers of mountaineering have (and will continue) to take their
toll. Therefore, the need for the last verse in the above code. I strongly believe that acknowledging the Lord in all you do is a vital part of
any endeavor in life. He is the creator of all things, (including you and me), and He is more than able to direct ones path from beginning to

Dave French
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