Zero risk does not exist in the mountains! The dangers are multiple: Weather, Relief, Altitude, Fatigue, Itinerary, Yourself,… The mountain stays unexpected, and our decision making must, as often as it is necessary, measure the degree of commitment and determine the best conduct to hold. The objective is to reduce the risks and allow the activity to run smoothly.
Beyond the contribution of his cultural knowledge, the presence of a professional is a real “Plus” in the decision-making process, since he brings his expertise acquired throughout his practice.
Mountain hikes must be well prepared in order to anticipate/know/understand the mountain environment, its climate, its environment as well as the weather conditions which can change very quickly.
It is also necessary to know oneself, one’s own capacities and limits, because often, a physical or logistic preparation lack, a bad decision or an unnecessary risk taking can have serious consequences.