Reducing risk in the field
Now that you’re on your trip, what can you do to reduce your risk? First of all, it is incredibly valuable to recognize trends in previous avalanche incidents as you might be putting yourself at risk without knowing it! There are certain trailhead procedures which should become second nature, like putting your seatbelt on every time you get in a car. Then it’s time to use your knowledge about the terrain and conditions to avoid avalanche prone slopes. Finally, take all of this and factor in safety precautions, because no matter how much we know about avalanches, we still get surprised from time to time!
Remember, you control your own risk by choosing where, when and how you travel!