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Scouting Victoria Falls

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

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 3/10/13

Recalled US Divers Martinique Jr Mask



Youth Snorkeling Mask Recalls

U.S. Divers and Aqua Lung Sport have recalled two models of youth snorkeling masks due to a risk of glass shattering. The recalled models are the Santa Cruz Jr. (sold under the U.S. Divers and Aqua Lung brands), and the Martinique LX Jr. Snorkeling masks (pictured at left).

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 3/5/13

Via Ferrata Climber and Cables



Multiple Via Ferrata Recalls

In August 2012 a climber on a via ferrata in Tirol, Austria fell several meters and both of his energy absorbing lanyards broke. This incident has led to reevaluation of via ferrata sets and recalls by AustriAlpin, CT, Edelrid, Edelweiss, Mammut, Ocun, Salewa, Singing Rock, Stubai & Wild Country.

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 3/1/13

Recalled Singing Rock Via Feratta Tether



Singing Rock Via Ferrata Recall

Distributor Liberty Mountain has recalled the Singing Rock Easy Go XP Lock Via Ferrata Lanyard. Worldwide there have been a large number of via ferrata lanyards from different manufacturers recalled over the past year. Given these widespread recalls, users of ANY such equipment should check with the manufacturer to ensure their product has not been recalled.

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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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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 1/31/13

Columbia Electro Interchange Jacket



Columbia Heated Jacket Recall

Columbia Sportwear has recalled 7 models of their 2012 Omni-Heat™ electric heated jackets due to a burn hazard. The heated inner wrist cuff can overheat, posing a burn hazard. The recall involves the Men's Circuit Breaker™ II, Electro AMP™,  Electro™ Interchange, Electric Big Game™ and Women's Circuit Breaker™ II, Electro AMP™, and Electro™ Interchange Jackets. Certain batteries in jackets have also been listed in a separate recall. The product can be returned for a refund.

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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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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 12/13/12

Recalled Wild Country Ropeman 3



Wild Country Ropeman 3 Recall

Wild Country has recalled their Ropeman 3 ascending device. This product has been removed from the market due to concerns over slippage on ropes. The Ropeman 1 and 2 are unaffected.

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 12/13/12

Recalled Wild Country Helium Carabiner



WC Helium Carabiner Recall

Wild Country has recalled their Helium Carabiners and Quickdraws. This applies ONLY to carabiners or quickdraws purchased after July 15th 2012. The gate may not engage properly causing a significant reduction in major axis strength.

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