Photo Credits

Mountain Biking the Annapurna Circuit

Passing a stupa on Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit at an altitude
>11,500’. The base of Annapurna III (24,790’) in the background.

© Alexander Fortelny

Field Safety    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 2/18/15

Denali'sHowl



Book Review: Denali’s Howl

In his book review of Denali's Howl, OSI's founder and director Alex Kosseff critiques this recap of the famed mountaineering expedition in Alaska that took seven lives. Captivativing and insightful, this worthwhile read offers valuable lessons for today's mountaineers and outdoor leaders alike.

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 2/16/15

SCOTTEvoBicycleHelmet



Recall: SCOTT Bike Helmet

SCOTT Recalls Vanish Evo Bicycle Helmets due to head injury hazard. The helmets do not comply with impact requirements of the CPSC safety standards. No injuries have been reported. Helmets should be returned for a refund.

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 2/5/15

Scarpa F1 Evo Ski Book



Scarpa F1 Evo Ski Boot Recall

Scarpa recalls F1 Evo Ski Boots due to potential accidental switch from SKI to WALK mode in their TRONIC mechanism. No injuries have been reported. This is a voluntary recall by Scarpa.

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Field Safety    Tools & Toys    
By

Josh Beckner

on 1/26/15

MammutClip1



Review: Mammut Safety App

Contributor Josh Beckner, Director of the School for International Expedition Training, offers his input on the popular Mammut Safety App used for assessing backcountry snow conditions. In this punchy review, Josh does not hold back in his critique of the app. Beyond strong points of altimeter, compass, and inclinometer, Josh heavily questions its overall safety. He wonders if some of its issues are simply due to language translation; regardless, he reminds us there is no replacement for training, sound judgment, and the standards already in place for avalanche assessment.

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OSI News    
By

OSI Staff

on 10/13/14

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OSI at AORE in Portland, Oregon

Alex Kosseff presents at the annual AORE (Associate of Outdoor Recreation and Education) Conference, held this year in Portland, Oregon, November 12-14 with preconference days November 8-11. Alex will be leading his workshop "10 Steps to Better Risk Management". We hope to see you there!

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OSI News    
By

OSI Staff

on 9/10/14

Alex Kosseff presents at 2nd Annual Midwest Risk Management Symposium



OSI at Midwest RM Symposium!

OSI's director Alex Kosseff will present his workshop, "10 Steps to Better Risk Management," at the 2nd Annual Midwest Risk Management Symposium. Sponsored by YMCA Camps Manito-wish, Menogyn, and Widjiwagan, the conference will be held in Loretto, MN, October 27-29. Last year's innagural Symposium was a great event and Alex was honored to be part of it. This year's shoud be even better. Hope to see you there!

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Field Safety    Program Management    OSI News    
By

OSI Staff

on 6/11/13

Wilderness Tripping Canoes



Midwest Risk Management Symposium

The inaugural “Midwest Risk Management Symposium” will provide a unique opportunity for a regional conference focused on outdoor risk management. OSI’s Alex Kosseff will be presenting along with other regional and national experts. Organized by the Upper Midwest’s 3 venerable YMCA wilderness tripping camps, it will run from 10/30 to 11/1 in Boulder Junction, WI.

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OSI News    Outdoor Leadership    
By

OSI Staff

on 6/7/13

AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership, Kindle Edition



Outdoor Leadership Guide eBook

The AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership, 2nd Edition, by OSI’s Alex Kosseff, has just become available in as an ebook in  KindleNook and iOS (iPad, iPhone, & iPad Touch) formats. This is the best reviewed outdoor leadership book on Amazon with ten 5-star reviews, and it is used a the text for numerous outdoor leadership courses!

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Program Management    OSI News    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 6/5/13

Volunteer Leader Training



Volunteer Risk Management Forum

As risk management in professionally led outdoor programs continues to improve, how do volunteer based programs fit in? A pre-conference session at the annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference, on September 30, 2013 will explore these issues. Facilitated by Sierra Club's Mel MacInnis and OSI's Alex Kosseff.

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