14erFred wrote:What about a category for â€œFatalitiesâ€ (name, date, route, specific circumstances) that have occurred on each 14er? Such information is available through the AACâ€™s annual â€œAccidents in North American Mountaineeringâ€ and on various websites on the Internet.
On the one hand, this info might increase safety by giving climbers a better appreciation for where particular dangers lie on each route. On the other hand, it might be too morbid. What do you think?
It seems like compiling and presenting a detailed list of fatalities might divert resources from the other laudable goals put forth. But information about fatalities is useful for making judgments on difficulty and risk, and therefore is worth considering for this site. Even with all the tools already on 14ers.com, like the two different difficulty ratings, class ratings, exposure ratings, and some commentary in the route descriptions, I have found myself searching out fatality information to make decisions about what routes I thought I was up to. It's the ultimate "reality check."
So maybe rather than a separate category, a summary of deaths in the "Other information" category? Some breakdown would be necessary to make it meaningful - snow climbs vs. summer climbs, standard route vs. other and/or technical routes, relative volume of traffic, etc.
The fact that this information may be available on other sites doesn't mean it shouldn't be here - much of the info on this site is available from various other sources, but 14ers.com is the foremost single repository of information on the 14ers. And, you could count on the info being complete, accurate, and up-to-date, unlike many of the other sources out there.