By Steve House
This video could save your life. Why? Because most mountain accidents happen on the descent. In the third installment of the Alpine Principles video series we discuss why failure is important; how to descend well; how to err on the right side of survival; what kills descending climbers and how to think in terms of islands of safety. Success, as an alpinist, is dying of old age, in bed, surrounded by loved ones. Success on a climb is going up, making good decisions, and coming back.