The longer you climb and travel, the more you’ll find yourself involved in accidents or events that require a steady head. Some situations are a slow burn, such as an approaching storm, while others require immediate action, a partner with a broken leg, a baboon who’s working up to attack you, a gun battle outside your Airbnb. When you find yourself in these kinds of situations, it’s great to remember the acronym S.T.O.P. STOP: Don’t just react, but take a breath and calm yourself. Count to ten and clear your mind. THINK. Now your head is a little clearer, try and assess the situation. Apply rational thought to the danger of panic. OBSERVE: Pull away and look around you. If someone is trying to fight you in the street, are his friends standing close by? If your partner has just fallen down a crevasse, is there another hidden crevasse between the two of you? Assess your situation and take stock. PLAN: Now make a realistic plan and take action based on it. This simple method can take 5 seconds or 60 but is one of the best ways to get out of a tight spot. Note: #365ClimbTips is a daily tip, with the aim to publish one a day for a year. Some will be long, some will be short, some good, some crap, but all with be something. If you don’t want to miss any of these, then please follow this account, and send any questions - or tips to cover - to my website.