RiskI think ultimately this is the reason that the majority of folk cave.
Perhaps none of us goes looking to increase the risk of our activities, but be honest, if caving was completely safe, would it still be fun?
If Barny had headed this thread "Danger", he might have had a point.Risk and danger are not synonymous, but are obviously related.I often think that danger is a bit like salt: too much is bad for you, but none at all makes things taste flat.Perhaps none of us goes looking to increase the risk of our activities, but be honest, if caving was completely safe, would it still be fun?
Darn site safer than deep wreck diving we lost about eight of our extended group. Statistically caving has fewer fatalities in the UK than most sports. Two people died on the mountains last week was it ?
but a single caving death of a BCA member probably implies a death rate of greater than one in ten thousand...
Quote from: andrewmc on February 18, 2019, 08:38:20 ambut a single caving death of a BCA member probably implies a death rate of greater than one in ten thousand...I'm probably being thick, but can you expand on this? Is this a death rate associated with the number of trips enjoyed by BCA members over a fixed length in time. If so, what period, how many members, and how many trips are you assuming?If it's over a year, and we assume that 5,000 BCA members go caving 20 times per year, that's a total of 100,000 caving trips. With less than 0.5 deaths per year over the past decade, isn't that an death rate of less than 1:200,000 per trip?
The death rate I very briefly counted was about 2/3rd of that for 1990-2018 or so, but just rolling with 1 in 10,000 active cavers per year to make the maths easier...
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