Spiritual Motivation for Risk Management in Outdoor Leadership

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. -John 10:27 THE WORLD NEEDS MORE SHEPHERD-LIKE OUTDOOR LEADERS Do we love adventure for what we get out of it, or do we love it because it bends us more toward dependency on God? Leading others in the outdoors safely and effectively […]

A DEEPER MOTIVATION FOR SAFETY & RISK MANAGEMENT IN THE WILDERNESS

Do we love adventure for what we get out of it, or do we love it because it bends us more toward dependency on God? Leading others in the wilderness with attention to risk management requires hard skills to protect your group, but even more importantly, it demands having a shepherd-like heart.

Experience + Efficiency + Exposure = Rapid Decision-Making Skills

Outdoor leaders are life-long learners who engage in a variety of wilderness experiences where they are pushed to be efficient in the midst of repeated realms of exposure.

The 3 E’s of Rapid Decision-Making Skills in Outdoor Leadership

The wilderness is just dripping with opportunities to learn how to be a rapid decision maker. I have a half-baked formula for how to develop rapid decision making skills. It’s a combination between 1) experiences, 2) efficiency, and 3) exposure.

3 Ways to Prepare for the Most Common Crisis’ in Wilderness Leadership

This had been one epic trip so far. The group of high school kids were loving life as we had traveled deep into the heart of the Weminuche Wilderness area of southern Colorado. We camped that night high on a ledge in Snowslide Basin and after a great dinner and stories around the stove, we went to bed for a cozy night’s sleep. Yet unbeknownst to us, a crisis was foreboding.

Are You Prepared to Handle Crisis’ As You Lead Others in the Outdoors?

It was one of the first backpacking trips I ever guided. We were halfway into our first day, the group was doing well as we plodded up some moderately steep terrain. I was in the back of the group, having some great conversation with a kid, trying to take our minds off of the physical challenge, when all of a sudden things turned south