The Alpine Near Miss Survey is a non-profit organization that collects accident reports and near-miss accounts from climbers across the nation in order to promote greater knowledge and awareness in alpine environments. The Survey is based in Ouray, Colorado, and allows climbers of all levels, from professional and recreational, to post anonymous close-call reports via an Iphone app.
According to the organization’s mission statement, a near-miss accident is “an unintended, unsafe situation that could have resulted in injury but for a fortuitous stroke of luck.” By allowing climbers to report on these incidents, the non-profit hopes to transform potentially dangerous situations into opportunities for increased learning for the benefit of the entire climbing community.
Climbers can download the ANMS app from the Itunes store and enter accident information via text or voice recording. For users without Iphones, an online form is also available at alpinenearmiss.org
In addition to providing a forum for sharing and learning from other climbers’ stories, the Alpine Near Miss Survey intends to provide a summary analysis of the reports at the International Tactical Rescue Symposium in November, 2013. The organization believes that this report will prove invaluable for continued research into the causes and prevention of mountain accidents in alpine and crag environments.
Best yet, the Survey is currently offering an incentive for climbers: the opportunity to win $1000 in Petzl gear for anyone who submits a near-miss. Alpine Near Miss Survey is currently partnered with and support by the Petzl Foundation.
For more information, please visit the organization’s website or the Petzl Foundation.