Bad Route Planning

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The study showed five cases where a bad choice of route was the origin of the drama; either because they crossed a dangerous slope too high (three cases while climbing one on the descent) or because the route didn’t take into account other dangers. For example being carried over a cliff in the case of an avalanche coming from above. This is what unfortunately happened to six people in a group of eleven who were swept 150 meters over a cliff, the result: two dead and three seriously injured.

It is therefore necessary to take particular care with the choice of route with respect to the potential danger of all the different possible options. That is to say if someone took the route through a dangerous area (whether evident or not) what are all the possible scenarios that could happen and then select the best route. You have to continuously ask yourself the question "what would happen if..."

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