Are we using safety as an excuse not to spend time with people? Is here, “wear your helmet” taking the place of let me show you how to ride a bike?

Is our focus on safety an excuse allowing us to ignore safety? Safety is not in a helmet, padding or rules. Safety is knowing what to do, how to do something and what not to do. Education is safety.

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It takes time to teach a kid how to ride a bike. It takes a long time to learn how to rock climb and place

protection. It takes a lifetime; sometimes short, to be a successful mountaineer.

A lot of climbers are taking shortcuts, it is easier to buy experience rather than gain it. However that is at least experience, time, someone to critique, lend support and at the right moment scream “don’t do that!”

You can’t buy a helmet and a safe bicycle and expect a child to not be injured.

You can’t rent a helmet and skis and expect your child to be safe on the slopes.

You can’t point to the summit and say, the top is up there.

Successful recreation takes time, not from the participants but from the parents, friends, mentors, teachers and instructors. It takes one on one learning what you need to teach to your student.

As educators and guides in the outdoor recreation arena, we need to point out the difference between the safety provided by gear and the safety of experience.

As outdoor recreation manufacturer’s we need to point out that the gear we are selling will help after all else has failed. Protection is not a replacement for skills, education and experience.

As parents, friends and people on the planet, we need to explain that outdoor recreation safety can’t be based on a credit card but is based on time. Get out there with a friend, relative or young ones and spend the time not just money.

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