Recall: Vie Ferrata Sets with Older Shock Absorber from Different Manufacturers

Older and Intensive Used Via Ferrata Sets not meet the Safety Standards

Salewa, Edelrid, Mammut Recall Precautionary Older Via Ferrata Sets

2013/02/25: Bern, Munich: Tests with older and intensive used vie ferrata sets from manufacturers and institutions show that via ferrata sets with metal shock absorber with rope friction technology do not meet the safety standards.


Salewa, Edelrid and Mammut recall precautionary charges of via ferrata sets using
rope friction technology. Other manufacturers (AustriAlpin, climbing technology (CT), Singing Rock and Stubai) warn their user for using the via ferrata sets. No recall but AustriAlpin’s sets with a rope break as shown below must not be used any further because of obsolescence (produced before 2007). The other manufacturers are testing their via ferrata sets.

The latest recalls are not congruent with the recalls of via ferrata sets with elastic lanyards in 2012 (Equipment Alerts).

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 00:00

Recall: Wild Country Recalls Helium-Karabiners

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Wild Country Recalls Helium Karabiners and Helium Quickdraws

Karabiners not meet the standards

12/10/2012, Derbyshire, UK: The british manufacturer of climbing hardware recalls particulier charges of Helium karabiners. Wild Country identified anomalies and cannot guarantee that the karabiners with the identified batch codes meet the European Standard for karabiner.

The affected Helium karabiners existing solo and may also be part of a quickdraw. It has been established that all of the affected karabiners were delivered after July 15th 2012.

Affected are karabiner with following batch codes:

Monday, 10 December 2012 00:00

Recall: Ortovox Recalls Avalanche Transceiver 3+

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Recall: Ortovox Recalls Avalanche Transceiver 3+

12/10/2012, Taufkirchen, Germany: The german manufacturer Ortovox, manufacturer of avalanche rescue gear, recalls a part of their avalanche transceivers Ortovox 3+. During serch training and internal tests, the models of avanalche transceivers switched back to transmission mode. This defect can hinder or impair rescue measures. The avalanche transceivers must inspected and must updated with new software.

Risk of Avalanches is Often Underrated by Skiers and Backcountry Skiers

11/22/2012, Vienna, Austria: According to a study of the Johannes Kepler University Linz and the University for ground culture (Boku) 40% of the requested persons rate the risk of an avalanche wrong and show a high readiness to assume risk.

Bornack gives a warning for modified self-belay-systems for ropes courses

11/22/2012, Ilsfeld, Berlin, Germany: The manufacturer for high altitude belaying systems, workers safety and rescuing, Bornack, gives a urgent warning regarding the use of unauthorized modified SAFELINK SBB self-belaying-systems for ropes courses and adventure parks. The manipulation of these systems can cause the risk of deadly accidents for the user.

Friday, 02 November 2012 00:00

Recall: Wild Country Recalls the Ascender Ropeman 3

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Recall: Wild Country Recalls the Ascender Ropeman 3

Ropeman 3 ascenders of the company Wild Country may slip when initially loaded

11/02/2012, Tideswell, Wales, Great Britain: The manufacturer of climbing and mountaineering equipment Wild Country recalls the mini ascender and rope clamp Ropeman 3 because of safety issues.

Monday, 29 October 2012 00:00

Greenpeace Study to Toxic Substances In Outdoor Clothing

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Greenpeace Study to Toxic Substances in Outdoor Clothing

Targeted research on Perflorinated Chemicals (PFC) in membranes and layers

10/29/2012, Hamburg, Germany: Greenpeace Germany published a report regarding the results of their research on toxics in outdoor clothing. 14 products, especially waterproof hard-shell jackets of different Outdoor-manufacturers were tested with a focus on Perflorinated chemicals (PFC) and perflorinated acids.

Mammut Preventive Recalls Via Ferrata Sets of Some Tec Step 2012 Series

Danger is only expected when using the sets after the recommended time of use

10/18/2012, Seon, Switzerland: The swiss climbing gear manufacturer Mammut calls some series of the Tec Step via ferrata sets back. Though tests of the elastic carabiner branches have shown that the durability in use is much higher, than of the material used in the recalled sets of other manufacturers, Mammut decided to recall some of the via ferrata set series. This is noteworthy, because a short time ago Mammut identified the differences of the used materials of the different manufacturers and made diverse tests to preclude a recall of their via ferrata sets.


Affected are now the via ferrata set series with the until now tested elastic lanyards.

Saturday, 01 September 2012 00:00

Finish for Booking Climbing Courses at HU-Berlin

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Finish for Booking the Climbing Courses at HU-Berlin

Again big offer in Winter Semester 2012/2013

12/10/18, Berlin: The finish of the booking period for the climbing courses at the central institution for University Sports (ZEH) of the Humboldt-University Berlin in Winter Semester 2012/2013 has begun. The rule like in every semester is: first come first serve. Because of the beginning of the climbing courses on monday the 22nd of October 2012, speed is in great demand.

Monday, 08 October 2012 00:00

Petzl & Beal No trash, no crash Tour 2012

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Petzl & Beal No Trash, No crash Tour 2012

Petzl & Beal tours the western part of Germany

10/08/12, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany: Also this year it’s time for no trash - no crash, when the Petzl & Beal Tour-Team comes to the western part of Germany from 19th to 29th November 2012.

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