Steve Kugath, a member of the AC Safety committee, will soon have research results from his canyoneering rescues and “near miss” reports. I thought it might be interesting to ask members what they think the primary contributing factors are to near misses/rescues.

Please order the following categories from 1-5:  1 being the greatest factor contributing to ending up in a rescue scenario and 5 being the least contibuting factor. Rank ’em up, and post your answers in the comments.

Navigational error
Equipment failure
Lack of technical know how
Team member conflicts
Other: Please Specify