Risk Management in Dynamic Environments - Online Classroom


Risk Management in Dynamic Environments - Online Classroom

Evening webinar workshop about Risk Management in Dynamic Environments with Tom Unger. This session will be online only.

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  • Casual

6:30-8pm via Zoom Meeting
Meeting link will be sent to registered attendees on the day of the session.

Our outdoor trips are done in dynamic environments with inherent risks.  Weather may change, route conditions may change, people may change.  The risk we assume changes as conditions change.  We are all willing to assume some risk for reward of our chosen activity but we also want to keep that risk within our own tolerance.  We want to stay safe enough to enjoy the rewards of our activities.  To do this, we need to keep updating our risk assessment as conditions change.   We need risk management thinking that is part of all decisions we make and is constantly updated as conditions change.  Tom will share his way of thinking about risk that has kept him safe enough through 40 years of leading trips in a wide variety of dynamic environments.


This workshop will be delivered online as a Zoom meeting. You will need access to a computer with a speaker and camera, as well as high-speed internet. The session will be a mix of presentation and conversation and participants are expected to engage with the presenter and with one another via chat and audio. Information about how to log-on to the Zoom meeting will be sent on the day of the session.


Tom Unger grew up in Michigan, family camping and messing around in small boats on rivers and big lakes.  In 1989 he moved to Seattle to be near mountains and the ocean.  In 1993 he joined the mountaineers, got equivalency for basic climbing, completed the intermediate climbing course, and became a climb leader.  That started his 3 decade career of exploring the outdoors in various modes, including

  • hiking and backpacking, especially traverses in the Sierra,
  • crag and alpine climbing
  • back country skiing
  • canyoneering in Utah
  • sailing in the great lakes and Salish sea
  • scuba diving in Puget sound and the tropics
  • flying small planes here and in the Idaho and Utah backcountry
  • canoeing and packrafting locally and in the arctic
  • sea kayaking in the Salish sea and the coast of Candida and Alaska


Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Computer or device (preferably with a speaker and camera), as well as high-speed internet.

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