Although I am no longer involved in MR I still ski patrol, and I like the day shift unlike MR's winter darkness, and the more positive side including a lot more success with avalanche recovery. It has its moments too, and risk management for avalanche control and mitigation is part of it as well as casualty management. There are many more injuries skiing, all be it less life threatening than MR, although there are occasional serious ones too. So “Peak Performance under Pressure” is important as its still rescue from hostile terrain in awkward places, or avalanche terrain at times.
|If you can't change the risk - change the consequences. |
Colleagues spotting were ready to dig me out
Reframing while hanging like a bat! So easy to lose control and blow it. This is what I love about climbing, the absolute focus on hard sport routes, nothing else exists when in the zone. It’s not hard to see why accidents happen when good climbers are on easier routes as focus is lost. Just watch “Free Solo” and you see absolute focus or death and reflect on climbers who have died on easy routes solo. The only other sport that’s given me a similar feeling of total focus is road racing a bike. The psychology and two wheeled tactical chess, staying on a wheel, to jump and breakaway and go it alone, or take it to the line.
|A day on easier local routes. Well below the "frazzle" zone|
|The social fun of bouldering even at -5 in Glen Nevis|
|Happy days, with Fiona at Nevis Range. Below "Easy Gully"|
Nevis Range is Scotland's Freeride Heaven