Great article.The quote from Bruce Tremper sums up a lot of how I feel about accident reporting and analysis. I think there are many lessons to be learned from accidents. We can all work hard on skill, preparation, and decision making. All that learning can help us avoid or minimize the dangers that are inherent in the wilderness. However, none of that is a 100% guarantee that something bad won't happen. I feel that saying every death on a river is the result of failure and can be prevented is a bit arrogant.
“We all want to believe we’re so much more in control of things than we actually are,” says Bruce Tremper, in his 27th year as director of the Utah Avalanche Center. “I’ve noticed it for years. I think it needs to be talked about.”