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  • Blog Post: Does your Program Have a Road Crossing Protocol? Should it?

    What’s the most dangerous thing that your outdoor program does? The answer: Vehicles. Driving is statistically the most dangerous activity for any outdoor program. Because vehicular accidents can be so serious many programs have specific risk management protocols--things like mandatory driver training...
  • Blog Post: 'Brain Buckets' - A Climber's Best Friend?

    I am dating myself, but when I started rock climbing, almost everyone wore helmets. It was as essential a piece of gear as your harness and shoes. But in the decades that followed, helmets became passe. Part of that change had to do with climbing styles and style (fashion) in climbing. Some comes from...
  • File: Human Error Accidents in Adventure Activities: Cause and prevention

    This article by Marcus Bailie from the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority in the UK explores Human Factors as causes in accidents in adventure activities. Marcus is one of the leading risk management experts in the UK. The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority is a branch of the Health and Safety...
  • File: FIRST ASCENT: Turning Around From A Summit Bid

    Dave Hahn is a professional mountain guide, ski patroller, journalist and lecturer. In May 2010 he reached the summit of Mt. Everest for the 12th time - the most for a non-Sherpa climber. Among Hahn's other notable accomplishments are his world-record 26 summits of Vinson Massif, Antarctica's...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the Risk Gap in outdoor adventure programming

    The Risk Gap is a concept that I've employed for many years as one of my strategies for managing risk while running a college outdoor program. I've just posted a video explaining the Risk Gap concept along with a PowerPoint file that you can download for using in your own program as a risk management...
  • Wiki Page: Outdoor Law: Basic Risk Management Concepts for Outdoor Programs

    by Rufus E. Brown, Esq. Outdoor programs tend to take safety issues seriously and perhaps for this reason usually have low loss experiences. Yet sound risk management requires more than an attitude. It comes from an understanding of the concepts and acting on that understanding. I. Liability Issues Liability...
  • Blog Post: New Safety Protocols Developed by Outdoor Pursuits Centre

    OPC Issues Report on Managatepopo Tragedy As a follow-up on my previous posting about the New Zealand Canyoning incident in April 2008, the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre (OPC) has released a report that contains all the recommendations from the independent review into the Managatepopo tragedy...
  • Wiki Page: An 'Ecological' approach to Internal Risk Management Audits

    An 'Ecological' approach to Internal Risk Management Audits: How the approach can influence the outcome by Clare Dallat and Preston Cline This article by Clare Dallat of the Outdoor Education Group and Preston Cline of the Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management at the University...
  • Wiki Page: Staying in the Field and Out of the Courthouse

    by Charles "Reb" Gregg The primary purpose of a risk management plan is not the avoidance of legal liability. Rather, it is the maintenance of a quality program; that is, one which deals reasonably and fairly with its clients or students and their families. A program that delivers what it says...
  • Wiki Page: International Risk Management

    by Bill Frederick School for Field Studies I remember sitting around a hotel in Mexico City listening to a few students telling their story of being mugged. I was a little distracted at the time thinking about the bus we’d just hired with bald tires, no working emergency exits and a driver who...
  • Wiki Page: Creating an Industry-wide Risk Management Practices Survey

    by Karen Paisley, Jim Sibthorp, and Andy Szolosi Abstract Managing risks in the field is, perhaps, the single most important dimension of running a successful outdoor expeditionary program — a topic that is certainly worthy of dialogue among professionals. In order to have this dialogue, however...
  • Forum Post: Managing Communication Techology in the Wilderness

    At the Wilderness Risk Management Conference earlier this month we held a forum on the topic of managing communication technology on outdoor/wilderness adventure progrrams. This was an opportunity to discuss among a group of colleagues who is using this technology, who is not, what devices are being...
  • Blog Post: 2008 Wilderness Risk Management Conference - Sneak Peak

    Here's a sneak peak at what is one of the premiere conferences of the upcoming fall conference season. I've been going for years and what's so great about the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) is that it is both more narrowly focused and at the same time so broadly applicable to...
  • File: Medical Issues: Legal Implications of Rx Medications - Frances Turner Mock

    Article from the 2003 Wilderness Risk Management Conference Proceedings by Frances Turner Mock from the Wilderness Risk Management Conference Web site www.nols.edu/wrmc Register for the upcoming WRMC Conference
  • File: Ethical Issues and Risk Management: Ethically Tolerable Accidents - Jasper Hunt

    Article from 1998 Wilderness Risk Management Conference Proceedings by Jasper Hunt from the Wilderness Risk Management Conference Web site www.nols.edu/wrmc Register for the upcoming WRMC Conference
  • File: Ethical Issues and Risk Management: Ethical Foundations of Wilderness Risk Management - Jasper Hunt

    Article from 2001 Wilderness Risk Management Conference Proceedings by Jasper Hunt from the Wilderness Risk Management Conference Web site www.nols.edu/wrmc Register for the upcoming WRMC Conference
  • Forum Post: David Brashears' Storm Over Everest - a Risk Management Case Study

    If you missed the spectacular documentary by David Brashear's on the 1996 Everest tragedy you can watch the full two hour episode online at Frontline . There are also interviews with expedition members and interactive maps of the mountain and the accident. The documentary is a fantastic case study...
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