Should this really be in the beginner forum ?
According to the math.. I should have died in a fall July, 1987.
Lucky??? I kidding you. It was a close call for sure.
I think that beginer more than any body else have to know abut that. I was we my partner and his friend is a vedry good guide. One day, we were at the bottom of cathedral and we saw marc coming down with his client saying: "it is important what I saying to you" He was teaching one of that lucky comportment that will save his life in the futur.
All climber do some thing instinctively. When some one ask us, why are you doing that? Our answer is I don't know. All that little technique that we apply because one day we thinks that it is going to save our life in trad can not be explain. But every climber will say, I am lucky to still doing it because today, it save my life.
Try to explain at a gym climber, 5.11 at his first six month, that he never learn the trick!!! It is impossible. if we talk about where are you going to fall, what if you hit a ledge, what if your hand is trap in a crack or your feet, what if you tied that way or this way...etc. We all know that a 5.9 crack is different than a 5.9 slab. and that some people can be very good in slab and can not climb a crack because the technique is different. Why beginer should know there level of risk because they climb in a gym and how they can learn it? It is a beginer question.
In mountaineering freedom of the hill, they don't teach the good and bad way to do some thing. It is a bible of all possibility in climbing (edition up to fifth edition, after it is more a do that do this book). If you try to do one technique per week, one hour per week, yor level of knowledge will be a lot higher. When you choose a guide, do you want a do this or do that relation or a why should I have do to that, I am scare...relation? a good guide, in trad, will bring you to see the danger in a way that you will protect yourself when you are going to climb alone with your partner.
But how a beginer can estimate is level of risk?