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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    Incidents    
By

OSI Staff

on 2/7/13

A Dozen More Turns Avalanche Documentary



A Dozen More Turns Documentary

The film A Dozen More Turns explores a fatal avalanche on Nemesis Mountain located on the Montana-Idaho border. The party involved was highly trained and experienced and the film considers the human factors involved in the incident.

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Field Safety    Incidents    
By

OSI Staff

on 2/3/13

Nemesis Avalanche Debris Rescue



GoPro Avalanche Burial Video

GoPro video shot by a skier caught in an avalanche on Nemesis Mountain on the Montana-Idaho border. Good footage of the skier going down in the slide and audio of the rescue effort. This same peak was the setting for the powerful avalanche fatality documentary A Dozen More Turns.

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Field Safety    Program Management    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 5/22/12

accidental drowning victim hoping for rescue



Improving Water Safety

For most outdoor programs, drowning presents the greatest risk of an in-the-field fatality. Despite this many outdoor programs are not paying adequate attention to water safety hazards. Learn five key water safety steps programs should be taking.

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Field Safety    Tools & Toys    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 5/14/12

Metolius PAS Tether Spectra and Nylon



Trouble With Tethers (Climbing)

Clip yourself into a bomber anchor with a safety tether and relax, right? Not quite. A very short fall (less than 18 inches) can generate enough force to break common tethers. Spectra (Dyneema) tethers are the worst offenders. Video of testing, OSI's 4 tethering safety tips, plus tether recommendations.

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Field Safety    Tools & Toys    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 5/9/12

daisy chain hazards danger video black diamond



Daisy Chain Dangers With Video

Daisy chains are dangerous when used as personal safety tethers or belay anchors (and were never intended for these uses), yet many climbers persist in using them this way. We cover Daisy chain hazards and good alternatives.

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Field Safety    Tools & Toys    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 5/3/12

Purcell Prusik



Video - Make a Purcell Prusik

Video guide to tying a Purcell Prusik. This climber's tool allows for adjustable tethering to an anchor. It is easy to create and preferable from a safety perspective to many commercial products.

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Field Safety    Tools & Toys    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 6/7/11

Delorme Inreach Satellite Messenger



Affordable Satellite Texts & SOS?

DeLorme has a new partnership with the reliable Iridium satellite network to offer a two-way satellite GPS communicator. The highlight of the "inReach" device is the ability to both send and receive text messages when paired with an Android smartphone or DeLorme GPS device. It also offers tracking of users and maps.

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Program Management    
By

Ryan Van Luit

on 4/22/11

Defining Roles & Refining Program Leadership



Defining Roles, Refining Programs

OSI sees a strong trend in performance and safety among organizations, which clearly define roles among all of its employees.  It seems especially important within organizations with frequent staff turnover, seasonal employees, and employees newer to the workforce.

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Field Safety    Outdoor Leadership    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 4/4/11

No sheep image refering to followership for outdoor adventures



Followership for Outdoor Adventures

In the outdoor education and recreation field we often speak of leadership, but far less often about followership. That may be a mistake. Check out Brenda Porter's article from the Colorado Mountain Club for more.

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