So we had some classroom lessons, basically looking at various pictures of how the winter can kill you, well in most cases how it can seriously disrupt your day.
Basically, we’re remote, it can take days for rescue if something goes wrong and the weather is bad, and as they say, small mistakes escalate quickly. Of course this is the kind of thing that makes parents worry, but for any kids out there with parent’s going all “grey nomad” on them, just remember, the desert can be just as treacherous as the snow. It’s just a different kind of treacherous.
But, as usual, BE PREPARED and don’t do anything overly dumb, which is the pretext for most safety briefings.
Glaciers sound like trouble all up, trouble in a geographic feature. Fall into a crevasse and you’re going to have a really bad day, including melting the crevasse wall and then freezing back into it, which sounds like a distinctly unpleasant afternoon. All up, it sounds quite dramatic, the basic line, don’t fall into a crevasse.
However, even when you take into account the bears, the foxes, the avalanches and the crevasses the most dangerous thing you can do is walk on the roads in the dark without high visibility clothing. Like in most places, dangerous though the wilderness can be, ultimately it’s the people that are more dangerous.