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    Incidents    Outdoor Leadership    
By

OSI Staff

on 2/7/12

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Major Bear Incident in Alaska

In July of 2011, four NOLS students were injured in a grizzly attack in Alaska. We sort through the mess the media made of the story and link to some better reporting.

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Field Safety    
By

OSI Staff

on 12/17/11

Santa Claus Rappelling Incident



Santa Claus Rappelling Incident

Santa Claus has a rappelling incident at a Florida Shopping Mall. White beard and rappel device problem, may not be suitable for young viewers. The mall may need a risk management review.

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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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Field Safety    Outdoor Leadership    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 4/4/11

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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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Field Safety    Recalls    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 2/12/11

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Counterfeit Petzl Climbing Gear

Petzl has issued a warning regarding counterfeit climbing gear. These products may fail under far lower loads than authentic Petzl products. Please inform climbers and outdoor programs of these important concerns. Also consider where you buy gear.

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Field Safety    Program Management    Tools & Toys    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 1/31/11

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Climbing Gear Inspection

Climbing equipment inspection & retirement resources. We review extensive free resources provided by Petzl that are useful for institutional climbing programs.

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Field Safety    Program Management    Tools & Toys    
By

OSI Staff

on 1/27/11

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Emergency Communications

What is the primary emergency communication device for your program?  See what the Outdoor Safety Institute recommend. One of your participants is in a "life or limb" emergency situation, you or your field staff stabilize the situation as best as possible but know that this person needs to get to the hospital.  Do you have an emergency communication device?  What is it?

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Field Safety    Program Management    
By

OSI Staff

on 12/16/10

FastFind



Requiring Communication Devices?

The ongoing discussion about requiring climbers in various locations to carry specific communication devices and climbers paying for rescue is discussed in a great article put out by the NorthWest Mountaineering Journal.  Details after the link.

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Field Safety    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 12/13/10


Birth of a Botfly with “Dr Bugs”

Of interest to those traveling in tropical areas (or managing outdoor programs that go there), this video educates about the botfly while depicting the emergence of a maggot from the skin of a well know insect expert. Details & video after the link.

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