Daily risk assessment
Every morning while sitting in my tent having breakfast I go through these steps in my head. When I’m out guiding with groups, I also write them down on paper for easier follow-ups. Do you do this kind of evaluations while out on adventures?
- Daily fitness guide – Have you as a guide(s) slept well? Any pain or soreness?
- Daily fitness group – The individuals you’re guiding: How many are there, is there evidence of muscle soreness, did anyone say something of special yesterday, follow ups, damaged gear or other things that we have to fix or discuss?
- Weather – What can we see? What did the forecast tell us? Is it wet? Slippery stones, fog, wind?
- Today’s travel plan and alternative plan – Does any of the above affect today’s plan? Risk of injury?
- Where are we going, how far is it, when will we be there (estimate).
- The location of emergency phones, shelters, roads , etc., along the route.
- Feedback between guides and the group. General, not personal.
- Mixed feelings or thoughts that can be of importance in the future regarding the subject.
Nature’s whims are something I will never control, just act on accordingly.
If you like this text about my daily risk assessment you should perhaps talk a look at my way of building a Travel & Safety plan or perhaps Planning & Preparation. This kind of documents is written before and during events likes the ones I have with PathfinderTravels for example.