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Scouting Victoria Falls

Kayakers scout below Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya locally) on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

© Michael Long : http://www.michaellongphoto.com/

Field Safety    Program Management    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 5/28/13

Shaking Hands in Agreement



Subcontracting Outdoor Programs

Subcontracting is a common occurrence in outdoor programs. There are many potential benefits to subcontracting including transferring risk to a better qualified organization. There are also potential pitfalls from a risk management perspective—learn how to avoid them.

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Field Safety    Incidents    Outdoor Leadership    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 5/8/13

Sheep Creek 12' Avalanche Crown



Questions After 5 Die in Avalanche

Colorado's deadliest avalanche in 50 years killed 5. The group, many of whom had just met, came together as part of the Rocky Mountain High Backcountry Gathering, an event intended to promote backcountry snowboarding and avalanche safety. Questions about how such incidents can be prevented and links to some of the best coverage.

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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    Incidents    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 1/15/13

Woman skiing in deep powder



12 from 2012: Outdoor Safety Articles

Here's some of what we've been reading over the past year. Our dozen picks cover avalanches, babesiosis, falling trees, grizzlies, rappelling, youth protection and more. Included are incident accounts, emerging safety concerns and new takes on long-standing hazards.

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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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