Wednesday, May 6, 2009


The quote below comes from an article on designing resilience into any system, especially the financial system. But I think its concepts directly apply to climbing – from setting up an anchor to leading a climb.

Like sustainability, resilience encompasses both strategy and design, guiding how choices are made and how systems are created and includes:

  • Diversity: Not relying on a single kind of solution means not suffering from a single point of failure. 
  • Redundancy: Backup, backup, backup. Never leave yourself with just one path of escape or rescue.
  • Decentralization: Centralized systems look strong, but when they fail, they fail catastrophically.
  • Collaboration: We’re all in this together. Take advantage of collaborative technologies, especially those offering shared communication and information.
  • Transparency: Don’t hide your systems; transparency makes it easier to figure out where a problem may lie. Share your plans and preparations, and listen when people point out flaws.
  • Fail gracefully: Failure happens, so make sure that a failure state won’t make things worse than they are already.
  • Flexibility: Be ready to change your plans when they’re not working the way you expected; don’t count on things remaining stable.
  • Foresight: You can’t predict the future, but you can hear its footsteps approaching. Think and prepare.”

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Thanks Richard, I really like this post. It applies to so many situations.