I was listening to cbc radio this morning and there was a segment about a woman who recently died climbing Everest and what's being done to make it more safe. MORE safe? It's not supposed to be safe. That's the point. You take safety precautions and make sure you're skilled enough to do it, don't insult the mountain. Don't mock nature.
William Shatner explains it all in his music video "Shatner on the mount" available on YouTube.
Everest is very safe. For the largest mountain on earth anyways. If you're competent at mountaineering risks should be minimal.. but you'renever going to eliminate the risk factor. Nor should you.
The same can be said for children's playgrounds . Safety is artificial and goes against human nature. If something is too safe, people will seek out their adrenaline rush some other way.