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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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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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