For partipants of Ibex Experiences
Safety & Judgment

Each participant must…

  • Be able to independently recognize potential environmental hazards, for example falling rocks, loose debris and unstable surfaces, rugged and uneven terrain, cliff edges, fast moving water, and potentially hazardous animals and insects.
  • Be able to determine the hazards and risks posed by other participants, for example fatigue, state of mind, and actions that may influence decision-making.
  • Be able to warn others to potentially hazardous situations or dangers such as falling rocks, or other environmental hazards.
  • Be able to notify member(s) of the guide team or other participants of personal distress, injury, or need for assistance.
  • Be able to understand and follow the directions given by others to be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar, techniques to avoid hazards and manage risks. These directions may be given before the risk is encountered, or may need to be given during exposure to the risk and out of necessity and practicality, are often given orally.
  • Be able to maintain focused attention and stay alert for up to several hours at a time while traveling in wilderness terrain.
  • (If taking prescription medications) Be able to maintain adequate dosage by self-medicating without assistance from guide team or others (except in emergency situations).

Each participant must…

  • Practice “leave no trace” behavior when in a wilderness setting.
  • Work as a member of a team despite potentially stressful conditions, for example problem solving on an interpersonal or group level.
  • Contribute to a safe learning experience.
  • Avoid any inappropriate verbal or physical behavior.
  • Effectively communicate ideas and/or concerns on an individual or group level.
Outdoor Skills
  • Remain adequately fed, hydrated, and properly dressed to remain generally healthy and be able to avoid environmental injuries.
  • Be able to travel over varied wilderness terrain which may include rough, rugged, uneven steep and sloping terrain, although most travel will be limited to human-made trails.
  • Travel distances can range from less than one mile to up to ten miles in one day.
  • Have average strength and endurance and basic balance to travel over wilderness terrain.
  • Be able to safely travel in a variety of small aircraft, following the safety guidelines and instructions of aircraft professionals.
  • Provide a reliable belay to a fellow participant during roped climbing, and follow the instructions provided by the guide team.
  • Perform simple technical tasks such as tying a rope, clipping into an anchor and getting into a harness.
  • Perform basic physical climbing techniques without significant medical limitations, such as navigating hand-holds, progressing up a rock-face while clipped into harness, and working with a climbing partner. Note that no previous climbing experience is required to participate in the experience.

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