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

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 7/2/15

Omersub Scuba Mask



Recall: Omersub Scuba Mask

Technosport recalls Omersub Zero Cube scuba diving mask. Non-conforming glass was used for the lens, which can shatter, posing injury hazard. Consumers should stop using the mask and contact Technosport for replacement.

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By

Eric Bonin

on 6/17/15

Wheelchair in Sun



(Dis)Ability Awareness

Ever wonder how to interact/work with people with disabilities? Eric Bonin, Program Manager at Splore, shares four key concepts for doing just that. Called the Four Pillars of Ability Awareness, they are so straightforward they will give you the confidence (and respect) to get out there and play with your (dis)abled fellow human beings with ease.

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 5/28/15

GT Fury Bike



Recall: GT Fury Bike

Cycling Sports Group recalls GT Fury Mountain Bicycles. The front wheel hub can break and cause disk brake system failure, posing crash and injury hazards. Consumers should stop using the bikes and bring them to an authorized GT dealer for free front wheel replacement.

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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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