Assessing risk is important.
It's complicated, because risk perception is subjective. But if we overestimate risk, we miss out on adventure. If we underestimate, we may experience injury.
Some questions to assess risk are:
- Person's skill level?
- Previous experience?
- Self awareness?
- Peer referenced or internally motivated?
- In shape?
- Injury history?
- Well slept, well fed, and sober?
- Nervous or calm?
- Conditions of the course / trail / slope, etc.?
- Condition of the equipment?