Random topic here but climbing related and might catch some interest among the regulars. I recently applied for life insurance and was shocked at the detailed questions regarding so called risky activities. One of the questions was "Do you participate in rock climbing/ice climbing/mountaineering?" If you answer yes, and I did, you then are required to fill out an additional addendum to the application which asked surprisingly detailed questions. It asked the different types of climbing.. traditional, sport, ice, FREE SOLOING(HA! Alex Honnold wouldn't qualify) that I participated in. Then it asked what grade I climbed in those sub types. Just when I thought I was done, no! More questions! It then asked what areas I climbed and frequency in the last 12 months, the length of time required to climb them, and location(I knew I was toast when I put Alaska)? Wow!
Ok, so why do I bring this up? Well, the detailed set of metrics they are using to evaluate risk is data that must have only become available in the past 5 years maybe. Then I speculated some more. A ha! the only publication with this kind of detail would be "Accidents in North American Mountaineering." Could it be that this data is being sold to insurance companies? or is it being used free? I don't have these answers but I knew that the wealth of knowledge among summitpost fanatics would have the answers. Don't let me down! and please don't tell me the American Alpine Club Is whoring out our precious climbing data for $$$$ reasons instead of its original purpose of helping us stay safer and learning from the mistakes of other climbers? Ok, I'm done now! and hopefully they don't deny my life insurance.