What do we know about climbing risk? Furthermore, what is a “risk factor”? A risk factor is anything which alters our potential to get injured, or informs our understanding of risk.
The field of climbing risk factor research is still new. Let’s blow it open and get the conversation kickin’. This is a “living” document – it should be changed as new information flows in. Below, you’ll find (1) a synthesis of the risk factor research, (2) a list of risk factor research with (mostly) 1-sentence summaries, and (3) Practical options for practical people. Pick your poison.