PIEPS and Black Diamond have announced a voluntary product recall of their DSP avalanche transceivers.
Recently, PIEPS, the European producer of the avalanche safety device, and Black Diamond, its North American distributor, came under fire with concerns the DSP avalanche transceiver beacon could inadvertently switch from “send” to “search” mode, rendering the device useless to the wearer should they be caught up in an avalanche.
From the PIEPS website »
PIEPS has conducted extensive evaluations of the safety and performance of the affected products, including internal and third-party testing. The results conclude that the products comply with international standards, are properly designed, and perform as intended.
Nevertheless, PIEPS has recently developed a hardcase carrying system to be used with the DSP PRO, DSP PRO ICE and DSP SPORT that the transceivers can only be used when set and locked in the “send” position.
More information about the product safety recall program can be found at both the PIEPS and Black Diamond websites.
Both PIEPS and Black Diamond also announced the recalls on Instagram.
As the last stands of old-growth trees come under threat of logging, climbers in Powell River, British Columbia face an uncertain future of the place that has come to define their lives and legacies.
Presented by Arc’teryx, June 2020
Confronted with the decision to fight for these last ancient trees and potentially lose access or look away as the valley is stripped for timber, On The Verge is a snapshot of outdoors culture in British Columbia. The way we reconcile industries that give us access to the wilderness with the destruction they cause. The desire to protect our backyard but keep it for ourselves at the same time. The importance of these places to the people who have shaped them and been shaped by them in return.
For the past weeks, 22-year-old Michael Inuarak has been preparing for the gruelling, annual weeklong Nunavut Quest traditional dog sled race where competitors traverse an unforgiving sea of ice and tundra.
This year, the race starts in Inuarak’s hometown of Pond Inlet and ends more than 300 kilometres away in Arctic Bay.
Kieran Oudshoorn, writing for the CBC:
“I love the race. It’s a very exciting time,” said Inuarak.
“There was one time when my dogs were running after a polar bear and I had no rifle. So I was sweating and trying to avoid the polar bear as much as I can.”
The last three times Inuarak participated in the Quest, he placed third — an impressive feat for such a young musher.
Inuarak is proud of how well he did, but hopes he will do better this year.
“I’m not worried. I’m just a bit nervous because of all the fast racers who are going to be ahead of me. And I’m not using as [many] dogs as I normally do.”
1940: Henry Larsen, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was the second to sail the Northwest Passage, crossing west to east, having left Vancouver 23 June 1940 and arriving at Halifax on 11 October 1942.
Canada’s national parks and historic sites hosted a staggering 24.7 million visitors last year. Not bad for a country with a population of only 36 million people. Which of it’s 39 national parks are the most popular? Here are the top ten:
- Banff National Park in Alberta – 4,059,503 visitors
- Jasper National Park in Alberta – 2,345,130 visitors
- Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park in Quebec – 1,143,276 visitors
- Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia – 1,056,801 visitors
- Mount Revelstoke National Park in British Columbia – 795,749 visitors
- Yoho National Park in British Columbia – 688,157 visitors
- Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta – 536,865 visitors
- Prince Edward Island National Park – 530,247 visitors
- Kootenay National Park in British Columbia – 521,286 visitors
- Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba – 355,523 visitors
Jimmy Thomson, CBC News:
To this day, there is no record of anyone reaching the North Pole under their own power, without resupply, in winter.
English explorers Alex Hibbert, George Bullard, and James Wheeldon want to meet the challenge, and have been preparing for the journey in the Yellowknife area. They’re hoping to set out for the North Pole this fall.
All are veteran explorers — Hibbert and Bullard set a world record for the longest unsupported traverse of Greenland in 2008, while Wheeldon and Hibbert spent a winter together in northern Greenland. But they have never worked together as a trio.
Follow and George Bullard on Twitter.
From The North Face
Austin Smith, Blake Paul, and Jake Blauvelt travel to a freestyle snowboard playground in British Columbia’s backcountry.
Florian Nick travelled 5500 kilometres in six weeks exploring the vast landscapes of British Columbia and Alberta, looking for “beautiful sceneries.”
With 54.000 photos he created Alive, a three-and-a-half minute timelapse which takes you on a vivid journey through wild forests, along the shores of crystal lakes, and up the hills of massive mountains of western Canada.
Canada’s Northwest Passage is seeing an increase in traffic. The French explorer hopes to raise awareness to the risks of environmental damage posed by the increased shipping activity and climate change.
Levon Sevunts, writing for Radio Canada International:
French explorer Alban Michon plans a solo skiing and diving expedition along part of the fabled Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago to raise awareness of risks facing the fragile northern environment due to climate change.
The Northwest Passage or rather the passages (there are several possible routes through the archipelago) connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and has become increasingly ice-free during summer months, attracting a growing number of ships taking the polar shortcut.
The 2017 was a busy shipping season in the Canadian Arctic that saw 31 complete and 14 partial transits through the Northwest Passage.
You can find out more about Michon’s planned journey on his site.