RISKS AND DANGERS OF THE EXPLORING ROOTS PROGRAM
Some of what we do at Exploring Roots has inherent risks and dangers, and can result in damage to property, injury, or even death. While we do our best to manage those risks through assessments of risks, safety procedures, evaluating the safety of gear, providing safety briefings, and training and preparing for accidents, it is impossible for us to guarantee the safety of our participants.
Activities such as bouldering, rock climbing, kayaking, participating in ropes courses, hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities are inherently dangerous and the risks associated with them should not be taken lightly - we certainly do not. It is our goal to ensure that each participant has a safe, enjoyable experience at Exploring Roots - but we can not guarantee that. While we prepare and train to minimize risks and overcome threats that might appear, the risks are always there - safety gear can fail, people can slip and fall, kayaks can tip in a log jam, etc. Encounters with adverse weather, venomous snakes, wild animals or ticks carrying diseases are always a possibility when you are in the outdoors - as is dehydration, hypothermia, or the risk of injury or death. There are a great number of variables that are simply beyond our control - but for those that are, we do everything we can to make sure we are aware of risks, manage risks, and prepared to respond in the event of an emergency.
Our team takes safety seriously, and the health and wellness of our participants seriously. We are here because we want to help people have good experiences and to live a happier, healthier life - and we want to keep people safe while we are working with them. That's why we ensure our team members and volunteers are experienced and have relevant certifications to lead the activities we engage in. Still, we need YOU, the participant or guardian, to also be aware of the risks and help us to manage them. Do plenty of research before each experience in the outdoors - whether you're joining us, or going out on your own. Be aware of the risks of the activity, the risks associated with the climate, the weather, the wildlife, and make sure that you have a safety plan. Also, make sure that you are in good physical condition, and if you're not sure if you are, go to your doctor to be evaluated and talk about potential risks with them.