We’ve talked about this before.
Temperatures are beginning to warm, maybe not sufficiently that you are planning your overnight adventures but maybe enough that you are picking through your gear and equipment and reviewing maps and guidebooks for your next upcoming hike. Decisions. We make hundreds of them each day but have you ever wondered what influences your decision making?
In 2002, avalanche educator and researcher Ian McCammon reviewed 715 avalanche accidents and he identified six human factors that lead to accidents when clear signs of danger exist. Making yourself aware of these influences will assist your awareness for a positive result.
These traps, if you think are just for avalanche and winter sports, are not. Instead, they are pervasive in all that we do including risks we take while driving, with our finances, our relationships and during recreational pursuits.
Familiarity. An individual’s use of past experiences to make decisions within current situations in familiar terrain.
Acceptance. The tendency of individuals to engage in activities they feel will be approved by their peers or those whom they hope to impress.
Consistency. Propensity for someone to stick with prearranged decisions regardless of the risk.
Expert Halo. How individuals in a group may rely on the decisions of those perceived to have more experience, skill, knowledge or assertion (i.e. perceived experts).
Scarcity. The tendency to value resources or opportunities in proportion to the chance that you may lose them, especially to a competitor.
Social Facilitation. Tendency to decrease or increase the amount of risk he or she is willing to undertake depending on the presence of other group members.
Borrowed from Trail Runner, March 2018 edition.