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 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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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 9/4/12

snowpulse avalanche airbag cartridge recall



Avalanche Airbag Recall

Snowpulse has announced a recall of their Avalanche Airbags impacting about 3,800 sold in the US and Canada. A leak in the airbag's cartridge can result in the airbag not deploying in the event of an avalanche. Snowpulse is now owned by Mammut Sports Group which initiated the recall.

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 8/3/12

Salewa VERTIGO 400 ALPINDONNA Climbing Harness



Salewa Harnesses Recalled

The European climbing manufacturer Salewa has voluntarily recalled the Vertigo 400 Alpindonna Climbing Harness (pictured to the left) and the Civetta II full body climbing harness. Testing on samples of the harness has revealed some "deviations from standards," and Salewa is not reporting any injuries related to their products.

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Tools & Toys    
By

OSI Staff

on 7/3/12

Discontinued Petzl Ecrin Roc Helmet



Petzl Ecrin Roc Discontinued

The popular Petzl Ecrin Roc Helmet has been discontinued. It is extremely popular with outdoor programs due to its durability and adjustability. Available for more than two decades, the Ecrin Roc is likely the most widely used helmet for climbing, mountaineering, rope course, canyoneering and caving programs. What will replace it?

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 6/20/12

Omega Pacific 7/16



Omega Pacific Quik-Lok Carabiner Recall

Omega Pacific has recalled certain 7/16" Modified D Quik-Lok carabiners. These are steel carabiners marketed for rescue and industrial purposes, though similar models are used for institutional top rope climbing. Omega Pacific has discovered a defect in the gate of the carabiners.

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Incidents    
By

OSI Staff

on 5/31/12

Outward Bound Logo



Outward Bound Assists Rescue

Outward Bound staff and trainees assist with rescue after canoe accident in Colorado's Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Several news outlets initially reported incorrectly that the presumed-dead victim of the canoeing accident was an Outward Bound trainee.

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Field Safety    Program Management    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 5/22/12

accidental drowning victim hoping for rescue



Improving Water Safety

For most outdoor programs, drowning presents the greatest risk of an in-the-field fatality. Despite this many outdoor programs are not paying adequate attention to water safety hazards. Learn five key water safety steps programs should be taking.

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Field Safety    Tools & Toys    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 5/14/12

Metolius PAS Tether Spectra and Nylon



Trouble With Tethers (Climbing)

Clip yourself into a bomber anchor with a safety tether and relax, right? Not quite. A very short fall (less than 18 inches) can generate enough force to break common tethers. Spectra (Dyneema) tethers are the worst offenders. Video of testing, OSI's 4 tethering safety tips, plus tether recommendations.

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