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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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Program Management    Outdoor Leadership    
By

Brad Beggs

on 5/18/15

Young Hiker



New Leaders and Confidence

East Carolina University Director of the Adventure Program Brad Beggs shares a fresh perspective on the Conscious Competence Model. Working with new leaders takes keen awareness of not only their consciousness and competence of skills, but also the interplay of these with confidence.

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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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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 4/21/15

Trek Quick Release Lever Caught in Front Disc



Recall: Trek Bikes Disc Brakes

Trek recalls bicycles with front disc brakes to replace quick release lever due to crash hazard. An open lever on the front hub can contact the front disc brake assembly, causing the front wheel to stop or separate from the bike.

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 4/1/15

Ortovox S1+ Transceiver



Recall: Ortovox S1+ Transceivers UPDATED

Ortovox announces precautionary recall of S1+ Avalance Tranceivers. A disturbance can occur in the transmission function due to a component that can fail at any time. Customers should stop using the device, and the faulty component should be replaced only through an Ortovox service point.


RECALL UPDATE June 2, 2105: All 3000 beacons with S1+ technology have been officially recalled. The S1+ hardware can fail, resulting in an inability to transmit a discoverable signal during an emergency situation, even as the unit appears to be powered on and functioning properly. Devices should be returned for replacement.

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Outdoor Leadership    
By

Chad Laflamme

on 3/25/15

Backpackers Group



Emotional Safety in Adventure Programming

Senior Outward Bound staff and Masters in Education candidate Chad Laflamme talks emotional safety. Beyond physical safety, easy-to-overlook (yet essential) emotional safety must be met to reach our goals. After laying the groundwork, Chad gives some great options for setting and maintaining an inclusive tone for an entire trip, including fantastic ways to create and implement a group contract.

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 3/8/15

Flow Sports Bindings



Recall: Flow Snowboard Bindings

Flow Sports recalls snowboard bindings. A pin can disengage and cause the binding to open, posing a fall hazard. Consumers stop using the bindings and contact Snow Sports for free repair, replacement, or refund.

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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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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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