Obviously, climbing has risks. Though modem equipment and techniques have reduced the risks --and greatly contributed to the sport's popularity---each year accidents occur, some resulting in death. Climhing risks can never be completely eliminated. The challenge of using one's experience and skills to manage these risks is one of the allures of climbing.
Despite the obvious dangers of the sport, climbing has relatively few accidents each year compared with popular activities such as hiking, swimming, or boating. Many news reports about accidents or rescues of "climbers" actually involve picnickers or hikers who have scrambled onto cliffs or snow slopes and have gotten stuck or fallen. The correct terms for these non-climbers are "scramblers" or "hikers." Technical climbers who have the experience and equipment to handle high-angle terrain rarely require rescue.