Earlier this year I began collecting accident/near miss information… A special thanks to all who completed the survey and our many generous sponsors who provided gear for prizes (see the end of this post for a list of winners and prize providers)!

Feel free to continue submitting your accidents/near misses…it’s easy to do and who knows…your report may save someone else’s life or help prevent injury.  The survey can be found at:

https://byui.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_ahfwGIkVSLQJgI4

Below are a Few statistical Highlights from the Accident/Near Miss Survey  (Based on 64 surveys)…I am working with the American Canyoneers group to provide a link to the full report which includes insightful narrative and suggestions for avoiding mistakes made…look for it here in the near future!

The most accidents reported occurred in May (22%) followed by September and October both at 13%.

Pine Creek had the most accidents – 5

58% of the accidents were reported by individuals who had completed fewer than 25 canyons.

33% of the accidents reported were a mix of old friends and newly acquainted group members.  While 51% of accidents reported were a group of close friends.

Regarding familiarity of the canyon 48% of the respondents reported that at least one member of their group had previously descended the canyon. 38% reported that while no group members had completed the canyon they had good information.  9% reported they had information but it was incomplete or poor.  5% had no information as the descent was an exploration.

33% of respondents indicated some hesitancy in starting the canyon due to various factors (weather, group dynamics, etc.)

The most identified primary factor leading to the accident/near miss was “slip on the rock” (21%).  Second was Rappel Rigging error (16%).  Third was faulty anchor or being off route…both 6%.

Being in a hurry (24%) Fatigue (20%) and Cold/Wet conditions (16%) were most commonly identified as additional factors leading to the accident/near miss.

14% of the accidents reported required outside assistance.  38% of these parties contacted S&R via cell phone…25% sent a runner to summon assistance.  Zion S&R got the most calls to assist.

89% of the accidents were reported by Males.

The most common age group reporting accidents was 20-29 year olds (41%) followed by 40-49 year olds (24%).

 

List of Contest Winners

Jeremy Larsen – Imlay Canyon Kolob Backpack

Jenny West – Imlay Canyon 9.2 mm x 200 foot Canyonero rope

Dustin Hymas – 5.10 Canyoneer Shoes

Judith Thomas – Climb Utah Subscription

David Meding – 5.10 Canyoneer Shoes

Gavin Hawkley – Petzl Elios Helmet

Tom Collins – Totem Belay device

Randall Sheen – a Jacob Boden Photograph

Creighton Shumway – Dave Black Canyoneering Book

Landon Michaels – a Rock Exotica Pirate Locking Carabiner

Bruce Silliman – AJ Road Trips Subscription

Ed Gretsch – a Rock Exotica Pirate Locking Carabiner

Alan LaGow – a Rock Exotica Pirate Locking Carabiner

Mark Fallentine – a Rock Exotica Pirate Locking Carabiner

Brett Boyce  – an outdoor sticker packs with stickers from 5.10. Marmot, Outdoor Research, Mammut, PMI, Go Lite, Sierra Designs, Rock Exotica, Blue Water, NRS, La Sportiva, Kavu, Princeton Tec, Black Diamond, Scarpa, Sterling Rope, Osprey, Edelrid, Big Agnes, Omega Pacific, Dakine and Petzl

Brett Johnson  – Outdoor an outdoor sticker packs with stickers from 5.10. Marmot, Outdoor Research, Mammut, PMI, Go Lite, Sierra Designs, Rock Exotica, Blue Water, NRS, La Sportiva, Kavu, Princeton Tec, Black Diamond, Scarpa, Sterling Rope, Osprey, Edelrid, Big Agnes, Omega Pacific, Dakine and Petzl

Matthew Hickenlooper  – an outdoor sticker packs with stickers from 5.10. Marmot, Outdoor Research, Mammut, PMI, Go Lite, Sierra Designs, Rock Exotica, Blue Water, NRS, La Sportiva, Kavu, Princeton Tec, Black Diamond, Scarpa, Sterling Rope, Osprey, Edelrid, Big Agnes, Omega Pacific, Dakine and Petzl

 

Thanks again to all for your help with this project!  Be safe out there!