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Helicopter Rescue After Mountain Accident

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OSI is now formally offering expert witness services for legal cases involving outdoor activities. OSI experts on a wide array of outdoor activities and program risk management are available to provide expert witness services for legal cases. OSI’s Director Alex Kosseff, author of the AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership, has been retained as an expert witness in both federal and state cases. Other consultants with a wide variety of activity specific expertise are available. OSI will consider advising on legal cases and providing review and testimony for both plaintiffs and defendants.

AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership, 2nd Edition

Cover of the new, 2nd Edition, AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership

Leading trips this summer? Spending $13.32 on the AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership may be the best investment you’ll ever make.

“A thorough, field-tested examination of what makes the best outdoor leaders . . . and how one of them could be you.
     —Robert Birkby,
author of the Boy Scout Handbook, Mountain Madness, & Lightly on the Land

“An outstanding resource for both leaders and followers . . . there are nuggets for all outdoor enthusiasts. Vignettes from a wide variety of outdoor trips effectively illustrate Kosseff’s points.”
     —Brenda Porter, Education Director, Colorado Mountain Club
Trail and Timberline, magazine of the Colorado Mountain Club

Learn more about Alex Kosseff, author of the AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership and founder of the Outdoor Safety Institute.

Buy the AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership on Amazon.

5 Weeks to Better Risk Management - Free Download

The "5 Weeks to Better Risk Management Guide" is a free outdoor program risk management guide.

The Outdoor Safety Institute’s reviewers have evaluated risk management practices in dozens of outdoor and adventure programs. We noticed that we regularly make similar recommendations for potential improvements in safety and liability related practices. To assist all outdoor programs our new guide, “5 Weeks to Better Risk Management,” shares some of these frequent recommendations.

We understand that freeing up time to improve your program’s risk
management practices can be challenging. The suggestions in “5 Weeks to Better Risk Management” are designed to be addressed one per week over a period of five weeks. Some steps may take as little as one hour. Since presenting this approach at the 2011 AORE conference we’ve heard from several program managers that the 5 Weeks approach helped them jumpstart their risk management efforts.

Signup for the Outdoor Safety Newsletter and download the guide here.

Recalled Chariot Child Bicycle Trailer

The recalled Chariot Carrier model. Hitch arm may fail.

Chariot Carriers has recalled selected models of their popular child bicycle trailers and conversion kits. The trailer’s hitch mechanism can crack and break, causing the trailer to detach from the bicycle. Twenty-four incidents and no injuries have been reported. Chariot is offering a free upgrade kit that fixes the problem. The ability of the Chariot carriers to be used for running, walking, easy hiking, biking, and skiing makes them extremely popular, at least among our friends.

View the full detail of the Chariot Carriers recall on the OSI website.

Risk Management Systems Manager with the Student Conservation Association. Great organization and employer, with industry leading risk management. PDF position description.

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Ultimate emergency communications tool? Voice, text, gps, “emergency button,” & more, all on a reliable satellite network. $1500 range. Let us know if you try one.

Recalled Cassin Joss CamsSierra Trading Post in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced a recall of the Cassin Joss Cams. The cams may fail. Sold in the U.S. exclusively through Sierra Trading Post between 2003 and 2006. The cams were made by the Italian manufacturer Cassin, which was subsequently purchased by CAMP USA and completely restructured.

More info on the Cassin Joss Recall including details on how to return the units for a full refund.

Aluminum Rappel Ring Recall

Recalled KONG descending rappel rings identification

Image from SherrillTree - Thanks to them for publicizing this concern

Recall of unmarked aluminum rappel or descending rings from KONG and distributed via multiple channels (and possibly from different manufacturers). May fail under body weight! Poorly publicized recall for which KONG has apparently not taken responsibility, spread the word. If you have any or pull them off routes (great public service) send them to OSI for free replacement. OSI would like to get some pull tested.

More info on the unmarked rappel ring recall at

AMC Guide to Outdoor LeadershipWin-win situation! Signup for the free Outdoor Safety Newsletter between now and September 20th, 2011 and be entered for a chance to win a copy of the 2010, 2nd Edition, AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership.*

Each issue of the Outdoor Safety Newsletter is filled with useful information and resources for leading or managing outdoor activities. Topics include field safety, incident analysis, program management, medical issues, legal liability, transportation, equipment, technology, outdoor leadership and staff training.

The revised AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership has over 50% new content and 100% new pictures and illustrations. This edition of the book brings a new focus on risk management and outdoor safety, teaching, facilitation and leading youth. Find our more about the AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership.

This completely revised book details the critical skills and concepts every professional or volunteer outdoor leader needs to know. Building on the basic foundations of leadership, case studies, and his own extensive leadership experience, Alex Kosseff explores such topics as effective decision-making, group dynamics, risk management, self-awareness and evaluation, conservation, and more.

The mission of the Outdoor Safety Institute is to promote outdoor activities by providing outdoor education and recreation providers with safety, liability and program management solutions and educating the public about outdoor safety.  OSI provides global safety management support to organizations of all types operating in remote environments.

*Three (3) signed copies of the book will be awarded to randomly selected new subscribers to the newsletter. One entry per person please.