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The singularly most dangerous thing ... 14-May-2013 At 12:32:13 PM Mike Bee
On 14/05/2013 technogeekery wrote:
>So rapping is a very small contributor to the number of serious accidents
>in North America - interesting in light of the anecdotal evidence in this
>thread. While our stats would be quite different (much fewer ice/snow,
>Avalanche, Exposure incidents for a start) you'd think we'd be broadly
>similar in things like Fall of Slip on Rock being by far the largest.

I think the big difference with the stats from this thread is that we're talking about the most dangreous situation we've been in, not the situation that we've injured ourselves the most.

A rapping accident is more likely to either a) not hurt but scare the crap out of you (like the majority of stories here), or b) kill you (in which case you can't be posting about it here). Compared to climbing accidents causing injury leave you alive to tell the stories about it.

Basically, it's a sampling thing. The North American database records accidents, not near misses, where as lots of this thread refers to near misses, with no injury or death to be turned into a statistic.

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