The British Mountaineering Council has launched an incident and near-miss reporting system for climbers, hillwalkers and mountaineers in partnership with Mountaineering Scotland and Mountaineering Ireland. The system is the brainchild of BMC volunteer Pete Callaghan, who decided that a database of accidents could help to educate others after being involved in an avalanche on Helvellyn in January 2018.
An online form enables those who wish to share an incident or near-miss at the wall, in the hills or in the mountains to provide the details of their experience. The entries are checked before being uploaded to a free-to-view database. In April 2020, the findings from the first trial year of reports will be analysed for any emerging trends in the accidents reported.
The forms take into account the location and type of incident, along with any injuries involved and lessons learned.
The system has been developed by BMC volunteer Pete Callaghan, BMC member Louie Smith, and BMC staff Jon Garside, Dan Middleton and Elfyn Jones.