Clearfield, Utah — The Petzl Foundation is pleased to announce its support for the Alpine Near-Miss Survey, a non-profit dedicated to encouraging climbers, climbing guides, and search-and-rescue professionals to report near-miss incidents from the mountains and crags, with the ultimate goal of increasing knowledge and safety.
Unlike accidents resulting in injuries, near-misses in climbing are not consistently reported, and so the lessons they can offer are often lost. Brothers Chris and Cory Jackson of Ouray, Colorado, created the Alpine Near-Miss Survey (ANMS) as an anonymous digital reporting tool and information database.
Users can download the ANMS iPhone app from the iTunes Store, allowing them to report any near-misses right from the field using text entry or voice recording. Users can also visit alpinenearmiss.org to fill out a web-based form and view others' reports.
"I'm excited to see this project get off the ground," said Cory Jackson, an avid climber and lawyer. "Near-miss reporting has proven beneficial to industries that already embrace it, like aviation and firefighting. My brother Chris and I have focused on making it as easy as possible for the climbing, guiding, and rescue communities to adopt."
In addition to providing a means to collect and access near-miss reports, the information the ANMS gathers will also be used to support a presentation at the International Technical Rescue Symposium in November, 2013, as well as to support continuing research into the causes of and solutions to accidents in the mountains and at crags. As such, the goals of the ANMS are in alignment with two of the Petzl Foundation's three core pillars, which are: promoting safety awareness, protecting the environment, and supporting fundamental research.
"The Petzl Foundation is pleased to join Rigging for Rescue in supporting the Alpine Near-Miss Survey," said Roody Rasmussen, Petzl America Senior Vice President and head of the Petzl Foundation in North America. "We share a fundamental belief that a comprehensive knowledge of the frequency of accidents, their circumstances and risk factors is the basis for effective accident prevention. The more we know about accidents, the better we can target training and information that will help prevent them."
In addition to direct funding for the ANMS project, The Petzl Foundation is offering an incentive of $1,000 in Petzl equipment to one individual who reports their near-miss via the iPhone app or Alpine Near-Miss Survey website. The winner will be chosen at random from among all of the applicants who submit before October 31, 2013. For more information, visit alpinenearmiss.org.
About the Alpine Near-Miss Survey
The Alpine Near-Miss Survey is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit project headquartered in Ouray, Colorado. The Survey collects, analyzes, shares and distributes anonymous information about accidents and near-misses that occur in the alpine environment. These near-misses happen during recreational climbing and professional and volunteer rescue missions, and provide valuable insight into the causes of harmful accidents. The Survey is free and open to the public and researchers to inform and improve our enjoyment of the mountains! For more, visit http://www.alpinenearmiss.org
About the Petzl Foundation
Founded in 2005 as a way of giving back to the communities that have made Petzl so successful, the Petzl Foundation supports the efforts of non-profit organizations working for the benefit of our climbing, recreation, and conservation community. The Petzl Foundation’s priorities lie in reducing the risks inherent to vertical activities though education and research, and striving to achieve a good balance between mankind and our cultural, economic and ecological environment. To learn more, visit: http://www.fondation-petzl.org/en