Equipment Alerts (56)

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 18:23

Request for Inspection of Fixe Lowering Stations Inox

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Fixe: Request for Inspection of Anchors and Chains in Lowering Stations

07/29/2015: Barcelona, Spain: The spanish manufacturer of climbing-safety-hardware TechRock request for inspection the lowering stations and stations for abseiling with chains inox from Fixe. Some chains were detected in Germany where corrosion and tiny cracks is seen in the material. It had been an incident in Germany with an anchor that suddenly broke unpredictable due the corrosion affectation.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 13:27

Sterling Rope Recall: Sewn Cords Due to Fall Hazard

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Sewn cords break at a lower weight than published weight values, posing a fall hazard.

2014/03/25, Biddeford, Maine, USA: The US-manufacturer of life safety rope, cord and hardware, Sterling Rope, recalls sewn cords ropes with 8mm cords for prusik e.g. The cords not meeting the standards.

Micro-Cracks And Vibrations Broke Carabiners in Pulleys for Zip Lines

Petzl Warns and Invoice for Inspection the Vertigo Carabiners

2014/03/18, Crolles, France: The manufacturer of safety and climbing equipmwent Petzl invoice for inspection Vertigo carabiners for the pulleys Trac and Trac Plus. The inspection routine must change.

Three adventure parks that operate zip lines have informed Petzl of cases where a VERTIGO carabiner broke on the TRAC and TRAC PLUS pulleys.


Metallurgical analyses have shown that the breakage is caused by a corrosion micro-crack that forms on the surface and spreads very slowly through vibration fatigue in the most stressed part of the carabiner (see photo below). This crack was not detected during repeated PPE inspections, as it is located in the upper part of the carabiner which is hidden by the pulleys’ side plates.

Vertigo-Karabiner Microrisse  Vertigo-Karabiner Microrisse detail

According to Petzl analyses, this phenomenon is a result of the combination of two contributing factors:

• a corrosive environment: near the ocean, a stretch of water, etc.
• very intensive use: combining a high frequency of use with a very long zip line produces vibration effects.

As a result of this feedback from the field, Petzl recommends:

When inspecting your parkfs PPE, the VERTIGO carabiner should always be removed from the TRAC and TRAC PLUS pulleys to allow for a complete and detailed inspection. As outlined in the PPE inspection procedure, any crack found on a carabiner indicates that it must be immediately retired. The PPE inspection sheet for TRAC and TRAC PLUS pulleys is available in attachment.

Adapt the frequency of TRAC and TRAC PLUS pulley PPE inspections to the intensity of use:

Distance traveled under 2 km/day = frequency: 3 months (dry environment), 2 months (humid environment)
Distance traveled over 2 km/day = frequency: 2 months (dry environment), 1 month (humid environment)

Use a back-up system that captures the zip line cable.

The inspection sheet in the attachement in english.

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 11:26

Inspection for Mammut Snowpulse Avalange Airbag

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Service Bulletin for Inspection of Mammut / Snowpulse Avalanche Airbags

2014/03/03, Seon, Switzerland: The swiss manufacturer of mountaineering gear Mammut inform: Follow-up inspections have shown that there is an assembly problem affecting individual Mammut/Snowpulse avalanche airbags from the Winter 2011/2012 and Winter 2012/2013 production seasons. The problem is an improperly screwed in connector between the deployment mechanism and the venturi valve.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:55

Recall: Mammut RescYou Crevasse Rescue Device

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Mammut Recalls the RescYou Crevasse Rescue Device

A Part of the Affected Tools With Nofunction

2014/01/21: Seon, Switzerland: The swiss manufacturer of mountaineering gear Mammut Sports Group recalls several charges of their crevasse rescue tool RescYou. Internal tests show the nofunction of a part of the RescYous of several charges.

Mammut sells the RescYou since 2013. The RescYou is used for ski mountaineering and mountain climbing to allow the user to haul a climber who has fallen into a crevasse back to the surface of a glacier. The device is attached to the harness (self-rescue) or a fixing point (rescue of another person). After this, two rope clamps are clipped to the rope and the compact six-fold pulley, which connects the two rope clamps, is operated.

The orange return stop of the pulley have not function. So the rope slides in the starting position and RescYou have no function.

Affected are the charges 12/12 and 03/13.

rescyou frontrescyou back

The number of the charges shows on the front.

rescyou charge1212rescyou charge0313

As a measure of precaution, Mammut ask that you:
- immediately stop using the RescYou
- return the RescYou to the Mammu dealer or to Mammut directly (at Mammut costs).


For shipping to Mammut:

For customers from the Europeen Union:

Mammut Sports Group GmbH
Recall RescYou
Mammut-Basecamp 1
D-87787 Wolfertschwenden

E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: +41 (0)62 769 82 59

For customers from Swiss and outside Europeen Union:

Mammut Sports Group AG
Recall RescYou
Birren 5
CH-5703 Seon

E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: +41 (0)62 769 82 59

For customers from USA and Canada:

Mammut Sports Group, Inc
458 Hurricane Lane, Ste 111
Williston, VT 05495

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Tel.: (800) 451-5127, between 9am and 5pm Eastern
time, Monday through Friday

Thursday, 21 November 2013 15:26

Warning: Edelrid Connecto Bolts Checking

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Edelrid is Warning for Self Replaced Wrong Bolts or Not Checked Connectos

Connecto from Edelrid must inspected

2013/11/21, Isny, Germany: The german manufacturer of climbing gear EDELRID checks their bolts on the hardware products Connecto. During the course of extensive checking of the bolts on the hardware products “Conecto”, “Conecto Small” and “Conecto Swivel” by EDELRID, it was ascertained that:

many of the bolts were not inspected yearly,

some of the bolts were damaged (the only way to detect if the bolt is damaged is by checking the torque),

some of the bolts had been replaced by users with bolts that did not have the required strength class.

Edelrid warns and request for self inspection and replacement.

Monday, 18 November 2013 20:01

Recall: Simond Recalls Rocky Carabiner

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Simond Recalls Rocky Carabiner

Fault Rivets Are The Risk

2013/11/12, Les Houches-Chamonix, France: The frensh manufacturer of climbing gear Simond recalls individual charges their carabiner Rocky. Fault rivets at the gates are the risk.

Thursday, 10 October 2013 11:28

Recall: Wild Country Recalls Chocks

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Wild Country Recalls Chocks Classic Rocks and Anodised Rocks

2013/10/10, Tideswell, UK: The british manufacturer of climbing equipment Wild Country recalls their chocks from different series. After a break of a nut in use, Wild Country tested extensive their products Classic Rocks and Anodised Rocks. The result is a recall of this series since the year 2010.

Affected are following chocks:

Friday, 27 September 2013 14:40

Recall: PIEPS Recalls the Avalanche Transciever PIEPS VECTOR

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Recall: PIEPS Recalls the Avalanche Transciever PIEPS VECTOR

Timelimit of reconsignment is the 2013/12/01

2013/09/27, Lebring, Austria: The austrian manufacturer of avalanche transceivers Pieps recalls their PIEPS VECTOR. Longtime tests shows disfunctions with no recognizability.

Monday, 29 April 2013 13:15

Recall: ZIGZAG Petzl Mechanical Prusik for Arborists

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Recall: ZIGZAG Petzl Mechanical Prusik for Arborists

An Another Identical Failure

2013/04/29, Crolles, France: The frensh manufacturer Petzl recall their mechanical prusik ZigZag.

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