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

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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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 2/5/15

Scarpa F1 Evo Ski Book



Scarpa F1 Evo Ski Boot Recall

Scarpa recalls F1 Evo Ski Boots due to potential accidental switch from SKI to WALK mode in their TRONIC mechanism. No injuries have been reported. This is a voluntary recall by Scarpa.

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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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Program Management    
By

Andrew Leider

on 1/21/15

Andy Leider



5 Keys to Building a Risk Management Culture

Written by organizational consultant Andrew Leider, this important article addresses the foundational role of program culture in fostering effective risk management. Clear steps and key questions help assess and improve your program's environment of safety.

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 12/17/14

UVEX Bicycle Helmet Recall



UVEX Bike Helmet Recall

UVEX Sports recalls bicycle helmets due to risk of head injury. The chinstrap can fail, causing the helmet to slide off, and the helmets also do not comply with impact requirements of CPSC safety standards. Helmets should be returned to UVEX Sports for refund or replacement. 

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