Mountain CRM – Crew Resource Management in Avalanche Terrain

With the first snow on the Cairngorms now is a good time to talk about the launch of Mountain CRM. This online course is an introduction to ‘Crew Resource Management’ and ‘Human Factors’ in Avalanche Terrain.

You can find this course over on the Mountain Assurance Teachable site at https://mountain-assurance.teachable.com/p/mountain-crm.

You will learn how to understand human vulnerabilities. Develop strategies to help make the right decisions and improve safety when working in avalanche terrain.

Mountain CRM

The content has been written by myself, James Thacker.

We all can make mistakes. Mountain CRM is ultimately about developing the tools to reduce the likelihood of accidents through the application of Human Factors principles.

So this will most likely be of interest to you if you have ever thought:

  • So that situation was totally unexpected…
  • But how do I try and prevent making the same mistakes as somebody else?
  • So how do I raise an issue that I am concerned about?
  • I am not sure that we have the same mental model of the conditions we face today…

Avalanche Terrain

Does Mountain CRM only apply to avalanche terrain? Coming into the winter, it makes sense to look at these concepts through the lens of winter work.

But Human Factors concepts equally apply both in summer and winter.

Who is it for?

Mountain CRM is for leaders, instructors and mountain guides who are at work. But that’s not to say that there isn’t plenty of useful content for anybody visiting the mountains in winter. So dive in and train your brain for avalanche terrain.

Take me to Mountain CRM

This online course dives into the Human Factors (HF) of avalanche terrain using the concepts of ‘Crew Resource Management’ (CRM) from the aviation industry.