We describe the human performance and cognitive challenges of high altitude mountaineering. The physical (environmental) and internal (health) stresses are first described, followed by the motivational factors that lead people to climb. The statistics of mountaineering accidents in the Himalayas and Alaska are then described. We then present a detailed discussion of the role of decision-making biases in mountaineering mishaps. We conclude by discussing interpersonal factors, adaptation, and training issues.
Wickens, Christopher D.; Keller, John W.; and Shaw, Christopher
"Human Factors in High-Altitude Mountaineering,"
Journal of Human Performance in Extreme Environments:
1, Article 1.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jhpee/vol12/iss1/1