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Backpacking With Outward Bound

Students on an Outward Bound Wilderness course travel slowly through the Sierra Nevada range.

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Field Safety    Program Management    Outdoor Leadership    
By

Gennifre Hartman

on 11/10/15

Classroom Teaching



International Programming

Thinking about broadening your program to international destinations? Already venturing beyond national borders? There's much to consider, and OSI consultant and international program specialist Gennifre Hartman helps steer you in the right direction.

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Field Safety    Program Management    Outdoor Leadership    
By

OSI Staff

on 10/13/15

MRMC



Midwest Risk Management Symposium

OSI is happy to share the announcement for the 2015 Midwest Risk Management Symposium. OSI attended this great event in its kickoff years and it has proven from the start to be remarkably valuable, especially for the Midwest region leaders of risk management in the outdoor field.

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Field Safety    Program Management    Incidents    
By

Dani Engmark

on 4/22/15

Camp Kitchen



Kitchen Safety: Don’t Get Burned!

Camp Manito-Wish Program Director Dani Engmark shares an all-too-common backcountry water burn story and presents a simple outline for kitchen safety. Burns are easily preventable and no program should overlook these standard steps.

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Field Safety    Program Management    
By

John Fair

on 3/8/15

John Fair SUP



Whitewater SUP Risk Management

Long-time outdoor leader John Fair guides us through essential elements of the newly emerging whitewater SUP arena: planning, outfitting, safety briefing, and progressions. If your program has plans to offer SUP (or already does), this clear outline will no doubt be of great value. John tells us safety and success are dependent upon both skill and solid judgment - particularly with this activity around which industry standards are still developing.

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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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Field Safety    Tools & Toys    
By

Jim Margolis

on 1/29/15

Carabiner Failure at Pin



Should You Retire a Dropped Carabiner?

Contributor Jim Margolis–climber, NOLS instructor, and engineer–shares a (very) detailed analysis of strength alteration in his study of test-dropping carabiners. He discusses what outdoor programs and climbers have debated for ages: to retire or not to retire this fallen gear? Though when in doubt, throw it out, Jim tells us a drop from the waist should not cause much concern. Beeline to the first and final paragraphs for the main points; read between for a friendly dose of physics.

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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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Field Safety    Program Management    OSI News    
By

OSI Staff

on 8/28/14

WRMC2014



OSI at 2014 WRMC

Outdoor Safety Institute Director Alex Kosseff presents two workshops at the 2014 Wilderness Risk Management Conference. Join us October 1-3 (Pre-Conference Events Sept 29 - Oct 1) in Atlanta, Georgia. This Year's Workshops: "10 Steps to Better Risk Management" and "Grassroots Organizing: A Tool to Shift Your Risk Management Culture." It's always a fun, high quality event bringing together leaders and professionals in the field for learning, sharing, and networking - and ultimately doing all we can to make our programs as safe as they can be. We 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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