An Automobile Club that is concerned about the Environment: You should join!

I’ve posted about the Better World Club several times because they provide bicycle as well as automobile breakdown insurance. Car needs a jump call the Better World Club. Bike breaks a wheel, call the Better World Club.

The Better World Club started because its competitor supported the petroleum industry (and pollution). That is another important message that gets lost. Check them out, read the email below.

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5a12e896-de07-4d67-8580-dbcf29392ee6.pngIn reaction to EPA’s increasingly rigid environmental regulations and Obama’s squeeze on carbon emissions, diesel truck drivers are using a technique that originated in truck-pull competitions to deliberately emit clouds of black soot onto individuals and, their favorite target, Prius drivers.

The technique is known as: rolling coal.

So, how do Rollers get huge puffs of grimy smoke to billow out of their exhaust? By modifying their vehicle to dump excess fuel into the motor, which originally served the purpose of allowing truck-pull drivers to carry a weighted sled farther and faster. It’s highly inefficient to say the least, as the black smoke is essentially fuel that hasn’t been burned. The whole arrangement doesn’t come cheap either. Modifying one’s vehicle to roll coal can cost anywhere from $500 to $5,000.

To top that off, it could get you a hefty ticket.

The modification itself violates EPA regulations — making the whole thing quite illegal:

“It is a violation of the [Clean Air Act] to manufacture, sell, or install a part for a motor vehicle that bypasses, defeats, or renders inoperative any emission control device.”(Source)

65b4fb5c-4d7a-41cd-bccc-180a033ae215.jpgAnd that’s exactly what one does to “roll coal.”

But does any of this really matter to coal rollers? Probably not. And since this is supposedly an anti-environmental “protest” the fact that diesel exhaust is one of the nation’s most pervasive sources of toxic air pollution, and black carbon, a component of diesel pollution, is one of the largest drivers of climate change…well, that probably doesn’t matter to them either.

How about the fact that, much like second-hand cigarette smoke, diesel exhaust is carcinogenic? Maybe then they should stop sticking their heads down their smokestacks.

Unlike second-hand cigarette smoke, however, the victims of coal rolling aren’t innocent by-standers. No, they are the targets of this abuse that not only hurts the environment, but makes people sick.

Scientific studies link pollutants in diesel exhaust to a myriad of public health effects, including asthma attacks, heart attacks, stroke, cancer, and premature death.

Also, inhaling diesel fumes is a great way to kill brain cells. (Hmmm…perhaps that’s the explanation.)

5d983231-dfd4-444f-87fa-d6af2cf7b36f.jpgRecently, those who subscribe to this subculture have been getting bold by using social media to promote and parade these ignorant stunts.

Watch one of their many YouTube videos here :Diesels Rolling Coal on PEOPLE 2014 Compilation

What to do besides roll up your windows and turn off your vents:

  • If you’re a member of Better World Club you’re already doing something: BWC is currently configuring a carbon offset plan specifically designed to combat coal rolling.
  • Join the Diesel Clean-up Campaign!Clean Air Task Forceand state-based partners launched the national Diesel Clean-up Campaign. To learn more, and to take action in support of this campaign, please visit theDiesel Clean-up Campaign.

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(Almost) TOTAL RECALL: Did Arnold Schwarzenegger Run GM?



General Motors’ ignition switch scandal is definitely the stuff that movies are made of: deception, moral conundrums, tragic outcomes, a protagonist attempting to overcome a past mistake. The real tragedy, however, is that this isn’t a movie…

The true story, if you recall (OK, we’ll stop with all the homonyms), is that the scandal involved employees who had learned that ignition switches used in Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other GM vehicles were defective but delayed (ahem, failed) to issue recalls for the defect for more than a decade — a delay which sparked U.S. government investigation.

The malfeasance proved simply too great to be swept under the floor mat: the switches — which can be inadvertently shut off when jarred, cutting power to the engine and deactivating air bags — have been linked to at least 13 deaths.

To date, GM has recalled almost 28.5 million cars world wide, an all-time annual record. Remember, this doesn’t mean GM has recalled 28.5 million cars, since some were recalled more than once — but regardless of how you cut it…that’s a lot of cars!

“Few companies in history have ever sold more cars, and few companies have ever demanded as many of them back,” commented John Oliver— Last Week Tonight.

Despite the huge outreach efforts, Forbes reports that, as of June 4, there are approximately 2 million unrepaired cars still tooling around U.S. roads.

The Society of Automotive Engineers found that industry-wide, about 70 percent of recalled cars get repaired. GM’s record is better than most: spokesman Kevin Kelly said an average of 80 percent of recalled cars are fixed within the first year; 85 percent by the second year. In a case like this, where lives are at stake, that just doesn’t seem good enough.

In response to the scandal several bills have been introduced to prevent future misconduct. Hide No Harm Act is one such bill. The bill would make it a crime for corporate officers to knowingly conceal a product defect or corporate action that “poses a danger of death or serious physical injury to consumers and workers.” Executives who do so would face up to five years in prison and potential fines.

In her testimony, GM CEO Mary Barra reiterates that the company’s employees won’t forget the lessons of the recall, and they’re working hard to address the underlying issues.

However, many may have lost faith in GM to police itself. The Hide No Harm Act would work as a safety net, act as remuneration, and represent a reminder in and of itself.

Actions speak loader than words:

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Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways 25th Anniversary Conference on June 19 & 20, 2014, along the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, at the Ameristar Convention Center in Black Hawk, Colorado.

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1st Breakout Sessions

• Keeping Your Byway Relevant and Moving into the Future Panel – Scott Brutjen, Bob Marshall & Kelli Hepler

• Keeping the Scenery in Scenic Byways

Don Bruns & Karla Rogers

• The Benefits of Colorado Byways – Shelby Sommer & Matt Goebel

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• Shaping Your Board into Byway Leaders – Janine Vanderburg

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3rd Breakout Sessions

• Latest Trends in Keeping Our Historic Buildings – Patrick Ideman

• Byways and Your Belly! – Judy Walden

• Securing Colorado Byways: ‘GIS Project’ – Charlotte Bumgarner

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• Gaining Legislative Support for Colorado Byways – Roger Wilson

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Great photo essay of a Ropes course showing everyone with helmets designed to protect only from above.

Climbing helmets only protect from drops. What falls from the sky?

Ropes Course 2010

A photographer did a great job of showing a group of people having a great time on a rope’s course in Granville, Ohio. The course and setting are beautiful. Everyone is wearing helmets. All the helmets in the photographs are climbing helmets.

Climbing helmets were designed for rock climbing. They were designed to protect you from a rock falling on your head. They are also tested to make sure if you fall and wedge your head in a crack because of your helmet the helmet will come off.

The only things I can see in the photographs that might fall on the people’s heads are trees. If a whole tree falls on you, there is not much you can do. Dependent upon the size of the tree limb, the helmet may or may not help you much.

But why? Why do you wear a helmet on a rope’s course?

Based on this, shouldn’t all groups hiking in the woods wear helmets?

See Common Ground Canopy Tours take you into the treetops near Oberlin, with zip-lines, sky bridges and more (photo gallery)

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ANSI, ASTM, PRCA, ACCT & NSAA a mess of acronyms that are fighting each other, taking your industry down and wasting money.

 How much money could have been put into promoting the industry,educating the members and creating great opportunities? Millions I bet.

 The PRCA, (Professional Ropes Course Association) recently announced that they had received approval from ANSI (American National Standards Institute) for its ropes or challenge course standards. The ACCT (Association for Challenge Course Technology) has appealed the issuance of the approval. (See ANSI/PRCA American National Standard).Wasting more time and money, in my opinion.

 In the meantime, the NSAA (National Ski Area Association) received ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials) approval for their standards. See ASTM Committee Approves Standard For Aerial Adventure Courses

 I have no horses in this race; I have nothing to gain and more to lose with these comments. However, someone has to put it out there again, because the amount of money being wasted is ridiculous. So here goes…..again. (For a prior commentary about this feud see Stop Feuding, I doubt, move forward anyway; I think you can.)


 What’s it all mean?

First the “standards” granting organizations.

 ANSI “allows” organizations that meet its requirements to become standards granting organizations. One such organization is the ASTM. However, just because ASTM is granted the “opportunity” to create standards under the ANSI banner it does not mean that ANSI standards are better, more important or more controlling than ASTM.

 ACCT was started 19 years ago to write standards. However, in my opinion, it was more of a good buddy club and the creation of the standards did not follow any known or legally acceptable way of creating them. PRCA was started in 2003 because ACCT would not let them be the “whatever name” to do something with ropes courses or something. Honestly, I’m not 100% clear on this, and I don’t really care.

NSAA is 52 years old and has been working with ANSI and ASTM for decades. The standards for operating ski lifts are ANSI standards and the standards for the rest of the ski industry such as skis, bindings, etc., are ASTM standards. NSAA has one employee who knows more about ANSI and ASTM than I would ever want to know, and consequently, they are fast efficient and done right.

I am a member of the ASTM and on the standards committee for ropes courses, but not active and have not voted for any of the NSAAASTM, standards.

Still with me or have all the acronyms done you in.

Current Status

Right now, there are two organizations that have created standards for the ropes’ course industry, PRCA and NSAAthat follow the procedures and practice’s generally accepted in court for proof of standards by an organization. NSAA has opted to write its standards through the ASTM and the PRCA through ANSI.

ACCT is left out of the mix right now, so that organization is fighting PRCA’s ANSI standards. However, what I find comical, and indicative of the reasons for much of the wasted money in the industry, the ACCT has ignored the NSAA. (PRCA also for that matter.)

Speculation here, but don’t you think that if ACCT seriously thought only its standards were acceptable they would be appealing the NSAA’s standards created under the ASTM.

This leads me to believe that the appeal of the PRCA’s ANSI standards has nothing to do with the standards, just with the PRCA. (This is the third appeal of the PRCA’s ANSI standards; the ACCT lost the first two.)

By that I mean there is more bad blood here than in a blood bank with no power for a month.

So Legally what does that Mean?

Standards are the lowest acceptable level of doing something, which is presented in court to prove someone either met the standard or did not meet the standard of care. The standard of care is the measurement against which the jury determines whether you had a duty and then breached that duty to someone.

If you own a ropes course and someone is injured on the ropes course, the plaintiff now has several different ways to prove that you were negligent (breached the standard of care). Meaning your ropes course was not built correctly, or you operated the course incorrectly.)

First, there are the ACCT standards; however, those can easily be ignored at this point because they have not been approved by either the ANSI or the ASTM. The ACCT standards are getting better, I’ve been told, but basically, they were created in a way that creates credibility issues. That does not mean that they can’t be a way to prove you are negligent.

So now the plaintiff can argue that you failed to meet the PRCA or NSAA standards. If there is a conflict between the two, then the plaintiff has found the stick to beat more money out of you and your insurance company. (And the last thing this industry needs is a way to give more money away. (See: Payouts in Outdoor Recreation.)

Legal Advice (worth what you pay for it)

If you came to me and asked for advice about this situation this is what I recommend.

1.   Today, get a copy of the PRCA and NSAA (ANSI and ASTM) standards and make sure you meet those standards. Yes, both sets. If there is a conflict between the two, justify why you have adopted one over the other in writing now, prior to a problem.

2.   Every year have someone new come see your course. They don’t have to have some designation on their wall, unless it says architect or engineer (see below!). They should have experience to look at your course and your operation and make sure you are not making mistakes. Maybe trade off. You go to their course, and they come to your course.

a.   Don’t have them give you a report, which is just proof you are negligent.

b.   Don’t tell them why you do something, unless they ask.

c.   Listen, listen to everything they suggest, ask questions and then see what you need to do.

3.   Every couple of years have an engineer, architect, or contractor came out and look at your course. These are the people who know how courses should be built and have the education and experience to make sure it was built correctly and is still holding together.

a.   Someone with 12 years in the industry may be able to tell you the testing strength of a bolt and whether the bolt and whatever it is attached to are working still. However, that knowledge is defeated with a degree from a college that says engineer or architect.

Pay attention, (If nothing else for the laughs.) and make sure you know what is going on because you as a ropes course owner or manager are the person that is going to take the beatings and suffer the most when the organizations created to support you spend your money fighting each other.

Good luck.

If nothing else I should get a plug for explaining all the acronyms in the industry!

For more articles on Ropes Courses see:

 $400,000 challenge course settlement for shattered ankle

 Architects, Engineers and Recreation, we need the first two, to be successful in the second

 Assumption of the risk is used to defeat a claim for injuries on a ropes course

 Based on the article yes there was going to be a lawsuit

 Plaintiff raised argument in work/team building situation that they were forced to sign release

 Plaintiff uses standards of ACCT to cost defendant $4.7 million

 Sad, Arizona school insurance no longer covering ropes courses.     

 The standard of care for a ropes or challenge course changes based on who is running it and who is using it (30)                                                                             

 When did journalism turn from telling a good factual story to trying to place blame for an accident?  

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Sad, Arizona school insurance no longer covering ropes courses.

Ropes courses are being torn down across the state because they can’t be insured

You can say bad attorneys, lousy program, bad instructors, freak accident. But the ropes course or challenge course industry is heading into the history books in Arizona. A lawsuit in Arizona against a public school will force all ropes courses in Arizona Public Schools to be removed.

Because of an accident in Tucson that forced the Arizona schools’ insurance company to pay out millions in a settlement, all ropes courses in Arizona must be removed from school property. Payson installed the ropes course with a federal grant.

In the past ten years I’ve found the following payouts due to ropes courses.



Sutter County California School District

Improperly tied into the course



Alpine Towers International

Improper equipment and failure to train

$5.1 million in what we know about. Who knows how much has not been made public or settled.

And what really sucks about all this is ropes courses are not dangerous.

SeeRopes Course To Come Down

For more info on Ropes Courses & Litigation see:

Payouts in Outdoor Recreation                                                                   

Architects, Engineers and Recreation, we need the first two, to be successful in the second

Assumption of the risk is used to defeat a claim for injuries on a ropes course

Based on the article yes there was going to be a lawsuit                       

Plaintiff raised argument in work/team building situation that they were forced to sign release

Plaintiff uses standards of ACCT to cost defendant $4.7 million         

The standard of care for a ropes or challenge course changes based on who is running it and who is using it (30)                                                                                                     

$400,000 challenge course settlement for shattered ankle                   

When did journalism turn from telling a good factual story to trying to place blame for an accident?  

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May 21 Workshop-Build Skills to Work Collaboratively on Environmental & Natural Resource Management

As part of the 2014 Network Leadership Training Academy (NLTA – see below for more info), we will be offering a half-day workshop focused on Network Leadership for Environmental and Natural Resource Management

May 21, 2014, 9-11:30am in Denver, CO. CAEE

Network Leadership for Environmental and Natural Resource Management, 9:30-11am, $25: There are growing concerns over how to manage the environment to protect public health, mitigate disasters, and to meet the demands of growing populations for water, food, recreation and energy supplies. Yet developing such networks and sustaining them can be particularly challenging, especially where organizational interests and goals are not aligned or are in conflict. Join Tanya Heikkila in this workshop to learn the organization, design, and characteristics of success of networks for collaborative environmental natural resource management. The lessons from this workshop will draw from an extensive body of research and experience on environmental networks and collaboration, and from the interactions among network participants, to identify practical leadership skills to help overcome some of these challenges.

Tanya Heikkila is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs. Dr. Heikkila’s research expertise is in institutions for coordinating groundwater and surface water in the western United States, interstate water conflicts and cooperation, the organization of collaborative ecosystem restoration programs, as well as the performance of special purpose governments.

See attached flyer for more information, or go here. Please forward to any colleagues/groups that you think might be interested in this workshop, or the NLTA.

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Registration for the 2014 Network Leadership Training Academy is now open!

About the 2014 NLTA: Many people today are deeply involved in the network way of working, but are struggling to find tools and a place to build skills and a community for this new way of connecting across boundaries. This workshop provides conversations about network leadership, activities and exercises to share and demonstrate skills and ideas, and practical tools to translate back to practice. The NLTA is a place where public sector leaders gather to learn, share ideas, and develop skills for engaging in collaboration and partnerships across sectors. A particular focus of the NLTA is on engaging community partners both in program activities, but also evaluation and research. We will cover several methodologies and models for accomplishing these goals, including Community Impact Models, Community Based Participatory Research, Systems Building, and Social Network Analysis, among others. Attendees are engaged in this type of work from multiple sectors including Health, Public Health, Education, Environment, Disaster/Emergency Management, Criminal Justice, among other fields. The workshop primary focus is on building, managing, and evaluating effective networks. This year’s academy will be held from May 19-21, 2014 in Denver, CO at the University of Colorado Denver (downtown campus).

What will you do at the NLTA? The agenda for the 2014 NLTA is packed full of opportunities for attendees to share their own experiences and skills, interaction with the leading trainers and thinkers in networks leadership through presentation and consultation, and topic specific workshops to develop a “network of networkers” in your specific field. Each part of the NLTA is led by a recognized leader in the field and will be a variety of small group, breakout, and large group interactions. A summary of the agenda:

Monday, May 19, 11am start:

Networks 101 (Brint Milward)

Building a Network Culture/The Network Way of Working (Janice Popp);

An Evening of “Sharing Our Practice” (attendee presentations/posters highlighting their own work)

Tuesday, May 20, 9-5pm; 5-7pm Reception:

Managing Networks: Network Effectiveness, Structure & Governance (Brint Milward)

The Transfer of Commitment: Leading Successful Collaboration (Darrin Hicks)

Tools and Methods to Evaluate Networks (including Systems Building, CBPR, Social Network Analysis) (Danielle Varda)

Wednesday, May 21, 9-3pm

Pick from a variety of Special Topic Workshops on Network Leadership (morning and afternoon), including but not limited to:

- Network Leadership for Funders with Sandra Mikush

- Network Leadership for Environmental and National Resource Management with Tanya Heikkila

- Network Leadership in the Public Services Sector (Education, Public Health, Healthcare, and more) with Bill Fulton

- Network Leadership Tools and Technologies with Judah Thornewill

- PARTNER: A Tool for Organizational SNA with Danielle Varda

- Skills for Facilitating Networks with Lisa Carlson

- Heroic Improvisation with Mary Tyszkiewicz (

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What: Network Leadership Training Academy

When: May 19-May 21, 2014

Where: Denver, CO

Cost for Training*: $600 for all organizations/agencies/companies, $400 for students, $525 per person for a group of 3 or more (Workshops Only range from $25-$100 each)

Included with registration: Lunch all three days, Breakfast Tuesday/Wed Morning, and one dinner.

*Is the cost prohibitive? Discounts and scholarships available. Inquire at rpcg

If you have any questions please email rpcg.

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Grand Canyon (Glen Canyon actually but the effect will be downriver) Management Alternatives explained

At long last, this will be your very first peek at the 6 ALTERNATIVES that have been developed for the Glen Canyon GCRG BW LOGO High Res (2)Dam Long Term Experimental and Management Plan (LTEMP) EIS (so keep scrolling down to the official LTEMP EIS email below). The LTEMP will affect the way the dam is managed and the health of downstream resources for the next 20 years. A REALLY REALLY BIG DEAL!!!



A quick run down of the various alternatives from Sam Jansen (our Adaptive Management Work Group rep) is as follows:



  • Alt #1: No Action Alternative
  • Business as usual. Same Modified Low Fluctuating Flows (MLFF) as the last 18 years
  • Would incorporate the High Flow Protocol & Non-Native Fish EA’s
  • Alt #2: Balanced Resource Alternative
  • Created by Colorado River Energy Distributors (CREDA)
  • All about generating hydropower–a real step backwards
  • Includes testing “Hydropower Improvement Flows”–check out the hydrograph in the .pdf (see links from LTEMP email below)
  • Restricts High Flow Experiments (HFE) to every other year
  • Alt #3: Condition-Dependent Adaptive Strategy (CDAS)
  • Seems to be the favorite of the Park and Bureau of Reclamation
  • Focused on chub, sediment, trout and hydropower
  • Adds greater flexibility in High Flow Experiments
  • Alt #4: Resource Targeted Condition-Dependent (RTCD)
  • Created by Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), the 7 Basin States & hired scientists

    Glen Canyon Dam

    Glen Canyon Dam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Focused on chub and hydropower, with nods to sediment and trout
  • Seems to be about doing the minimum for Grand Canyon that the law will allow
  • Reduces number of High Flow Experiments
  • Alt #5: Seasonally Adjusted Steady Flow (SASF)
  • Interesting hydrograph–steady 8,000 Oct through Jan, steady 7,000 July through Sep, with peak flows on May 1st (45K) and at the end of June (25K)
  • Spring and Fall High Flow Experiments
  • Alt #6: Year-Round Steady Flows
  • Not perfectly steady month to month, but centered around about 11,000 cfs
  • High Flow Protocol with some modifications

PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT OFFICIAL LTEMP ANNOUNCEMENT BELOW and closely examine the .pdfs they provide for


important details and hydrographs for each of these alternatives. GCRG and our LTEMP Action Group will be looking at all of these very closely and assessing their merits. We’ll be in touch with you with what we think once we’ve had a chance to wrap our brains around it, in preparation for the release of the Draft LTEMP EIS this fall. This is YOUR RIVER, and Grand Canyon National Park belongs to ALL OF US. Our goal is to get everyone fired up to provide comments!



Six alternatives, including the No-Action Alternative, have been developed for consideration in the Glen Canyon Dam Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan



(LTEMP) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The alternatives represent different ways Glen Canyon Dam could be operated under the LTEMP over the next 20 years,



and will serve as the basis of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) assessment to be presented in the LTEMP EIS. At the February 20, 2014, Adaptive



Management Working Group Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, the LTEMP EIS team presented an overview of the alternatives. This presentation can be downloaded at






Please forward this message to any party you feel may



be interested in the LTEMP EIS.

Thanks to the Grand Canyon River Guides Association for getting this information out.



A climbing wall or a rope’s course are structures. The components already have ASTM standards the sole issue is whether or not they were put together properly.

Operations need special reviews, but the structure is nothing that different from the building it is in or close too.

I’m always asked to recommend a person to check out a ropes course or a climbing wall. These people are looking for someone who may be self-appointed, maybe knowledgeable, (or maybe not) a person who makes a living check these.

I rarely refer them to someone with that title in the industry. I first ask them if a local contractor or engineer as ever looked at their course.

The structures have a different purpose than the carpenter or engineers are used to, but the construction should not be.

We keep forgetting that climbing walls and rope’s courses are just structures no different from a building.  Each of the components has an ASTM standard. An Engineer or contractor can check to see if it was constructed properly and what needs to be done to get it up to speed.

We forget that the foundation of any building or anything attacked to the building is engineering.

By whom and how often should you have your course inspected?

Any time you feel insecure about your course or wall or your insurance company requires it.

Who should inspect your course or wall?

An engineer or contract should inspect your course at least every couple of years or as the engineer or contractor tells you. You can bring in someone with the industry credentials in the other years or with them. You can have someone come in and look at your operation anytime.

I tell my clients to find another operator and trade days. Go check out their course on one day and have them check out your course on another day. That will spot issues you may have, and you probably will learn some new ideas. No use having “inspectors” only who knows new ways of doing things.

I would suspect that if you are part of a larger organization, a college, university or camp that the company or college engineer will tell you when and how often they want the structure inspected.

A bolt is a bolt, whether it holds up a wall or a climbing wall.

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Ohio Zip Line Association meeting to deal with Ohio Department of Agriculture wanting to control Zip Lines in the State

Join now and fight or forever hold your piece

Some of you may know that in the state of Ohio the Department of Agriculture has been discussing creating legislation for zip

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lines.  Some of the owners of Zip Line and Canopy Tours in the state have gotten together and formed the Ohio Zip Line Association.  As a group we have been working with the state to figure out where zip lines may or may not fit with their legislation.

We wanted to send an email notifying all interested parties that we will be holding an open meeting of the Ohio Zip Line Association for anyone who may want an update of what is going on in Ohio, or anyone who may want to become members of our group. 

The next Ohio Zip Line Association meeting, it will be held on:

April 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm


3347 McDowell Rd.

Grove City, OH 43123

If you would like to be a part of the meeting, but cannot attend, you can use the following call in number:

Dial +1 (312) 757-3131+1 (312) 757-3131

Access Code: 130-237-621

Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

Meeting ID: 130-237-621

Feel free to email me off-list if you have any questions.

Lori Pingle


ZipZone Canopy Tours

Board President

Ohio Zip Line Association

Direct: 614-906-5674614-906-5674

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Greg Mortenson : only climber I know who got lost in a valley. But he did a lot of good in that region. New movie 3000 Cupts of Tea tries to point that out


3000 Cups of Tea: The Mission and the Madness of Greg Mortenson* * * * *Did 60 Minutes and the Media Get It Wrong?

For Immediate Release

Salt Lake City – Fri., March 14 – Award-winning journalist and filmmaker Jennifer Jordan today launched a fundraising campaign under the nonprofit umbrella of the Utah Film Center to complete production of her documentary, 3000 Cups of Tea: The Mission and the Madness of Greg Mortenson. Academy award winner and multi-nominee, Geralyn White Dreyfous, is executive producer.

The film’s trailer poses the questions: Did the media, principally 60 Minutes, get it wrong in accusing Mortenson of fraud, mismanagement, and lying? If so, what are the consequences to the man, his mission, and the future of education for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and what does it say about the state of American journalism?

According to Jordan, who traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan in September and October 2013 to visit the schools founded by Mortenson and his nonprofit organization, the Central Asia Institute, her film will address some of the most damaging allegations made by 60 Minutes in its April 2011 broadcast. These include:

  • Did he lie in his international bestseller, Three Cups of Tea, about the genesis of building schools in remote northern Pakistan?
  • Did he defraud donors to the Central Asia Institute by not building the schools he claimed he did?
  • Did he spend lavishly on himself and his family while the children of Pakistan and Afghanistan went without their promised schools?

On the recent trip, Jordan and her business partner and husband, cinematographer Jeff Rhoads, visited nearly two dozen villages and spoke to scores of people, including Maria Usman, the CBS Islamabad bureau chief and one of the producers of the 60 Minutes segment.

Said Jordan, “Our initial findings are very different from 60 Minutes.” (In recent months, the venerated CBS news program has come under attack for making serious errors in other broadcasts.)

Jordan’s interest in Mortenson began in 2000 when she made the first of two arduous journeys into base camp at the foot of K2 to research future books and shoot a documentary. “Those treks took us through several remote mountain villages in which there was often only one building with four plumb walls and a bright tin roof standing out among the mud and stone huts. The buildings were Central Asia Institute schools.

“Having helped us with both of our expeditions through the fractious Northern Territories of Pakistan, Mortenson had become a friend and colleague. When he came to Salt Lake City only months after the attacks of 9-11, I interviewed him about his experience building schools for girls in the nexus of the Taliban and Al Qaeda’s powerbase.

“When I watched the 60 Minutes broadcast, it didn’t match my experience of the man or what I had witnessed on the ground, so Jeff and I decided to launch our own investigation to see what had happened. What we have found is that this is a story worth telling – one of the world’s most successful education philanthropists is taken down in 20 minutes by one of the world’s most powerful news organizations.

“I believe that our democracy depends on a free and viable Fourth Estate, keeping tabs on the first three. But that means journalists must be held to the highest standards of ethics and integrity. When we get it wrong, the consequences can be devastating. 3000 Cups of Tea: the Mission and the Madness of Greg Mortenson is the result of our investigation.”

Both Jordan and Rhoads have earned numerous awards for their work, and this film represents their second as partners, following National Geographic’s Women of K2 in 2003.

The film’s executive producer, Geralyn White Dreyfous, is an Academy award winner and her films have earned an additional three nominations, including Best Documentary in 2014 for The Square. Said Dreyfous: “Having known and worked with Jennifer for 27 years and having heard of this film’s progress every step of the way, I can say that it promises to be both shocking and thought-provoking. It is a story that needs telling by capable hands, and I am proud to be associated with its production.”

In making public the documentary’s trailer, Jordan is launching a fundraising effort to finish the film. Under the 501(c)3 nonprofit umbrella of the Utah Film Center, they are able to accept tax-deductible donations. To donate and to learn more, visit:

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ANSI/PRCA American National Standard


12.jpgZiplines, Canopy Tours, Ropes Courses and Aerial Adventure Parks;

Now governed by a NEW ANSI National Standard


Popular Adventure Activities Are Governed by a New StandardThe Professional Ropes Course Association Announces ANSI Approved American National Standards for Ziplines, Rope Challenge Courses, Canopy Tours and Aerial Adventure Parks.

Professional Ropes Course Association (PRCA)

Rockford, Illinois

Contacts: Steven Gustafson, President of the PRCA, (815) 637-2969(815) 637-2969
Michael Barker, Vice President of the PRCA, (203) 464-9784(203) 464-9784

March 17, 2014


Popular Adventures: Ziplines, Canopy Tours, Ropes Courses and Aerial Adventure Parks are Now governed by a new ANSI National Standard


ANSI APPROVED National Standards Provide much needed Safety Guidance for the Largely Self-Regulated Industry

The standard Enables course owners and managers to conduct in-house training and Certify their own staff

On March 7, 2014 the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced (pg 17) their approval of the first consensus-based American National Standard for construction, inspection, maintenance and employee training/certification governing the Zipline, Canopy Tour, Ropes Challenge Course and Aerial Adventure Parks industry. The Professional Ropes Course Association (PRCA), the ANSI Accredited Standards Developer, will manage the new ANSI-PRCA Standards as Secretariat. 10.jpg

Says Mike Barker, Vice President of the PRCA Board of Directors: “This new ANSI Standard provides a consistent reference and much needed safety guidance for State Regulators, Inspectors, Insurers and Industry Professionals.” He adds, “Moreover, this standard enables course and tour owners/managers to conduct their own in-house training, certify their own staff and designate qualified persons to conduct course inspections – expensive services that previously required performance by a limited national vendor pool that couldn’t adequately service the entire industry.”

Steve Gustafson, President of the PRCA adds: “ANSI standards are subjected to an extensive vetting process, including consensus involvement by materially affected parties in the standards development process.” He adds, “The Professional Ropes Course Association (PRCA) is the Accredited Standards Developer and Secretariat of the ANSI approved Standards. Having worked for the past nine years to develop the standard, I’m proud of this accomplishment. The positive contributions that this standard brings to benefit safety for the public and for our industry are huge!”

The PRCA became the first ANSI Accredited Standards Developer (pg 17) for Ropes Courses, Ziplines, Canopy Tours and Aerial Adventure Parks in 2005. This accreditation ensures that the PRCA’s process for the development of the new standard was in compliance with ANSI Essential Requirements (E.R.) which include openness, lack of dominance, balance of industry representation, coordination and harmonization, transparency, public input, and avoid conflict or duplication of other previously announced candidate or published ANS.

Based on ANSI findings that no other candidate standards or ANS had been published to date for the industry, the PRCA Project Initiation Notification (PINS) was accepted and published by ANSI (pg 14). Since that time, the PRCA Candidate ANS underwent one informal and three (including the changes review) formal public review periods. Hundreds of volunteers presented over one thousand comments for consideration and review. During this process, the PRCA Consensus Body harmonized the Candidate ANS with European Standards, Australia/NZ Standards, ASTM, and other standards and regulations as needed. To further foster harmonization and balance, the PRCA offered the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) the opportunity to join with the PRCA and publish a joint standard, with fifty/fifty shared roles and profit sharing splits in addition to three voting positions on the PRCA Consensus Body, and one voting position on the continuous Standards Management Committee. On repeated occasions ACCT refused all offers of participation in the process.

It is the PRCA’s understanding that ACCT has chosen to file an appeal with ANSI per the appeal process afforded to all persons who have completed a standard developer’s appeal process. ACCT must show proof that ANSI did not follow their own procedures when approving the American National Standard. Further, ACCT states that they filed a successful appeal last July with the PRCA. This is partly true, yet disingenuous. While the ACCT appeal was granted on one out of three issues, this only meant that the PRCA had to clarify the fee structure for the PRCA appeal process, allowing interested parties an opportunity to file their appeals for a second time. This was conducted and no appeals were filed. In two previously filed appeals, both independent appeals panels found in favor of the PRCA stating that the procedures had been followed. This then cleared the way for the PRCA to submit the candidate standard for consideration this year, which was ultimately approved by ANSI as the American National Standard for the industry.

While the ACCT and others have the right to appeal and make accusations of an inability to participate, facts point to numerous invitations and public notices placed on industry listservs, the PRCA website, emails to the ACCT’s leadership and all of the ACCT PVM’s, emails to other materially affected Associations (BSA, ACA, GSA, etc), and published in the ANSI Standards Action Newsletter, to review and comment on the candidate standard, participate on the Consensus Body, and serve on the Standards management Committee or even participate in a joint standard. These facts go directly to an October 2006 decision by ANSI, whereas ANSI instructed the PRCA to view the ACCT as a materially affected Association and for both associations to make good faith efforts to harmonize with the ACCT in cooperative standard development. The PRCA did honor and respect ANSI’s decision by offering to share in a joint standard and serve on the PRCA Consensus Body, the ultimate gesture of goodwill and harmonization. Now, the ACCT must explain to ANSI why it has barred the PRCA from their process and other of their actions; and perhaps they will have to address their industry controlling actions of years past.

Meanwhile, the ANSI/ PRCA 1.0-.3 – 2014 stands as the ANSI approved American National Standards while any ACCT ANSI level appeal is conducted. This is now between ACCT and ANSI.

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Rocky Mountain Field Institute is hiring a full-time Volunteer Coordinator

Rocky Mountain Field Institute is hiring a full-time Volunteer Coordinator based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado.The Volunteer Coordinator (VC) is responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining an exemplary volunteer program that engages community volunteers in environmental restoration activities. The VC recruits and provides professional staff support to RMFI’s 2,000 annual volunteers (23,000 volunteer hours annually). The VC works under the Executive Director. This is a rewarding, community-focused position that will serve as the primary liaison between RMFI and our volunteers.

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2014 Exhibitor Registration for National Get Outdoors Day Denver or Your City I suspect




Register to be an Exhibitor at National Get Outdoors Day

Denver City Park – June 14, 2014

9am – 4pm


Planning for the 7th Annual National Get Outdoors Day

is underway!

We are committed to providing an amazing day of free outdoor experiences and discovery at Denver City Park for all of our visitors. We hope you and your organization will join us again.



April 23rd, 2pm

All Partners Meeting

Location TBD


May 12th

Exhibitor Registration Deadline


Friday, June 13th

MANDATORY Exhibitor Walk-Thru

Denver City Park –

Playground East of Ferril Lake, 11 a.m.

We hope to again host a partners BBQ after the walk-thru.

Set-up for the event will begin at 1pm.

Security will be on-site overnight


Saturday, June 14th

National Get Outdoors Day

Denver City Park

6am – Exhibitor Gates Open

9am-4pm – Event

9am – GO Play 5K Starts

After Visitors Are Cleared – Exhibitor Gates Open for Clean-up

Environmental Education will be funded in 2014 by Congress!


Policy Bulletin Banner
Jan 2014 – Issue 51
In This Issue Congress Funds Environmental Education in 2014!
Article3Box1Congress Funds Environmental Education in 2014!bwet_home.jpgCongress has once again continued funding in FY 2014 for the key federal environmental education programs. This is despite the fact that the Administration eliminated these programs from the federal budget for the 2nd year in a row. The recently-passed FY 14 omnibus bill funds EPA’s and NOAA‘s environmental education programs at a combined $21 million in FY 2014. This includes $8.3 million for EPA’s National Environmental Education Act programs, $7.2 million for NOAA’s Regional B-WET programs and $5.6 million NOAA’s Educational Program Base that traditionally includes environmental literacy grants. This is a significant win in a year of budget showdowns and shutdowns. Importantly, these funds, while modest in comparison to the trillion dollar federal budget, have provided critical support to the environmental education field over the last several years. Stay tuned for future updates as the FY 2015 budget process unfolds!

Vail ideas on staying safe on the slope

In conjunction with January being National Safety Month, we’d like to remind you to be smart, be safe, and have fun! Whether you ski or ride, being educated in slope safety can help you enjoy your time on the mountain and reduce risk of accidents, injuries and loss of skiing/snowboarding privileges. Understand and follow the ten tips below to be safe on the slopes for the rest of the season.10 TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE ON THE HILL:1. Know the Code. Safety is everyone’s personal responsibility. Brush up on the Skier and Snowboard Responsibility Code this week. From looking uphill when merging to terrain park etiquette, these simple tips will help you stay safe and avoid serious injury whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran.

2. Obey closures and ski area boundaries. “Closed means closed”, whether it’s a rope, a sign or a combination of the two; it is everyone’s responsibility to be aware of and stay out of closed terrain. Skiing out of ski area boundaries is not only dangerous, it is also against the law. Consequences for slope safety violations vary and may include suspension or revocation of pass privileges and involvement of law enforcement where applicable.

3. Wear a helmet. It’s not a fad – helmets are here to stay. Pick up or rent your very own protective helmet to stay safe and warm.

4. Ask a pro. Looking for the easiest way down or want to try out a new trail? Ask one of the many mountain hosts or patrollers cruising the mountain for tips on terrain and trail conditions. Their wealth of knowledge will make a great day even better.

5. Take a lesson: Bring your skills to the hill and take a lesson at a Ski and Ride School near you. Honing your technique will make you a safer, more confident skier.

6. Drink water: Dehydration can be a serious condition after a long day on the slopes. Drinking water will help rehydrate your body, as well as prevent altitude sickness at higher elevations.

7. Be prepared for the elements. Higher elevations mean that conditions will vary from top to bottom. It also makes sunscreen one of the most important things you put on in the morning. Protect your eyes with sunglasses or goggles and bring extra layers to stay warm as the weather changes throughout the day. Facemasks protect exposed skin from frostbite and windy ridgelines.

8. Be aware of your surroundings. Can uphill skiers and riders see you? Can you see them? Being aware of your surroundings will keep you and other skiers/riders safe especially over busy holiday weekends and during peak vacation times when trails are often more crowded.

9. Ski with a buddy. Skiing and riding with friends is not only more enjoyable, but also safer – especially when exploring new terrain and enjoying deep powder. It also makes EpicMix photos more fun, so round up your friends for a great day on the mountain.

10. Bring a map. Ski areas can be daunting to navigate. Pick up a map to make sure you don’t get stuck on expert terrain when your legs are spent or to avoid exposure in poor visibility.


American Alpine Club Journal is Looking for your Stories

AAJ_Contribute_Graphic.6.jpgHi James,This year we will be delivering the American Alpine Journal in July, a month earlier—and that means our deadlines are approaching fast!

The AAJ is a collaborative effort, built by climbers and contributors like you from around the world. This means we depend on you and your friends to contribute your eyes and ears.

Get involved: Did you or someone you know do a new route in 2013? Did you climb or hear about a new route that’s regionally significant? Even if it’s only a few pitches long, we want to know about it. Maybe you discovered a new climbing area or did a first free ascent? Foreign expedition? Huge alpine climb? A new big-wall route? Well, the AAJ is the place to document it. Contribute to the 2014 AAJ.

We look forward to building this year’s AAJ with your input. Please contact us no later than January 31.


2014 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup set to begin


News Release2014 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup set to beginLive streaming available on new competition website

9 January 2014, BERN, Switzerland: The UIAA – International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation is pleased to provide live streaming of the 2014 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup at http:/ which begins in Cheongsong, Korea on Saturday, 11 January 2014.

Cheongsong, Korea (UTC/GMT +9 hours) is the first stop of the annual competition circuit. The competition then moves on to Busteni (Romania), Saas Fee (Switzerland), Champagny-en-Vanoise (France), Rabenstein (Italy) and Ufa (Russia).

Please check the event calendar for Cheongsong to find the competition schedule when live streaming will be available.

You can also follow the competition on Twitter or Facebook.

There are two types of events which are part of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup:

Speed: competitors climb up an artificial ice wall in the fastest time.
Lead: competitors are judged on their ability to climb a difficult route in the best time.

There are two types of winners; those who win each phase of the competition and overall winners based on the total points accumulated throughout the competition.

About Goldwin Korea

The UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup is sponsored by Goldwin Korea which is the official license partner of The North Face in Korea. Goldwin Korea launched The North Face in Korea in 1997 and The North Face is now the leading outdoor brand in Korea.

The agreement involves a long-term commitment by the UIAA and Goldwin Korea to champion and develop the sport of competitive ice climbing.

About the UIAA

The UIAA was founded in 1932 and has 80 member associations in 50 countries representing about 2.9 million people. The organization’s mission is to promote the growth and protection of mountaineering and climbing worldwide, advance safe and ethical mountain practices and promote responsible access, culture and environmental protection.

The organization operates through the work of its commissions which make recommendations, set policy and advocate on behalf of the mountaineering community. The UIAA is recognized by the International Olympic Committee for mountaineering and natural surface climbing.

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An Epic Ride Through the Grand Canyon Kevin Fedark presents his award winning book The Emeral Mile

Register to join us for this free reception and lecture by Kevin Fedarko, author of The Emerald Mile. CFWE is partnering with Metropolitan State University of Denver’s One World One Water Center to bring you this memorable evening– please join us on January 9, 2014 for a 6 pm reception and 7 pm lecture at the Marriott SpringHill Suites on the Auraria Campus of MSU Denver: 1190 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204.

Interested? The event is free, but you must RSVP here.



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Ice is Forming in Colorado and the Ouray Ice Fest is coming together


2014 Ouray Ice Fest Clinics

The 2014 Ouray Ice Festival Clinics Schedule has been posted on our website. In association with the Ouray Ice Park Inc., we’re proud to offer the most unique ice climbing clinic schedule in North America. This year is one of the best line-ups ever with clinics by La Sportiva, Outdoor Research, Mammut, Mountain Hardwear, Petzl, Black Diamond, and many, many more.

Each clinic is taught by professional athletes and guides such as Conrad Anker, Steve House, Carlos Buhler, Vince Anderson, Jen Olson, Dawn Glanc, Margot Talbot – and that’s just a few!!


Sales for the clinics and seminars will begin on Thursday November 14th, 2013 – so make sure to “window shop” and decide which clinics you’d like to participate in.

Come and join us for North America’s iconic and 19th Annual Ouray Ice Climbing FestivalJanuary 9 – 12, 2014. See you there!!

Nate Disser & the SJMG Team

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We have organized a ton of unique and informative ice climbing clinics to appeal to first-time ice climbers and experienced veterans alike. Climbers of all ability levels and backgrounds can choose from over 100 half-day clinics and full-day seminars – including backcountry ice and ski options. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn from the best!

Ice Fest Clinic Schedule
Clinic Sales begin on November 14, 2013 @ 0800 MST

San Juan Ice Conditions Update

ribbon2.jpgIce Climbs Are In!!

Due to ample fall moisture in the form of rain and high country snow, many of the classic ice lines of the area are already climbable or forming up better than we have seen in almost a decade! This is the year to climb classics like The Ribbon, Bird Brain Boulevard, Ames Ice Hose, Bridalveil Falls and more! Ice climbing in November and December is some of the best climbing of the year.

Early Season Ice Climbing Course
Private/Custom Ice Guiding
Trip Report from a climb of The Ribbon Ice Route
Ouray/San Juan Ice Conditions Page


San Juan Mountain Guides, LLC
725 Main St. Ouray, CO 81427 or 1111 Camino del Rio, Durango, CO 81301




CAEE Call for Presenters Teaching Outside the Box


Potential Conference Topics:Advancing

Environmental Literacy

Arts and Culture


Climate Change

Community Engagement and Outreach

EE in the Classroom and Green Schools

Inclusive EE

Nature and Wildlife

Outdoor Classrooms

Reaching Unrepresented Communities in EE

Research, Trends,

and Techniques

Stewardship and Sustainability

Technology and EE

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Call for Session Proposals:

Teaching OUTSIDE the Box Conference 2014

Share your ideas, research, programs, and techniques with your peers at:Teaching OUTSIDE the Box 2014

Colorado’s Conference on Environmental Education

Date: Thursday, March 20-Saturday, March 22

Location: Denver

(Currently finalizing exact location and will announce soon)


The tagline for this year’s Teaching OUTSIDE the Box (TOTB) conference is:

Share, EEvolve, Grow.

This relates to environmental education(EE) in the past and present in Colorado and the evolution of EE towards the future. We look forward to seeing sessions that highlight this.

Submitting Your Session Proposal Due Tuesday, November 12

Contribute your expertise and help keep Teaching OUTSIDE the Box one of the most anticipated and respected professional development opportunities for environmental educators in Colorado and beyond!

The conference will offer a variety of sessions, inspiring keynotes, opportunities for networking and discovering new resources, tools and techniques.

We encourage session proposals that highlight exemplary and innovative EE programming from a variety of focus areas, sectors, and perspectives from both formal and nonformal educators as well as others that overall support EE.

We are also looking for sessions for audiences that are both newer to the field of EE and have been involved for several years.

Submit your online session proposal by

Tuesday, November 12.

For more information about presenting and the online application, click here.

Please help CAEE spread the word about the call for sessions with any of your contacts/networks that you think would be interested in this opportunity-we have some exciting changes at the conference this year and look forward to welcoming new and familiar attendees.

Other Conference Details

NEW CHANGES TO TOTB! Over the summer CAEE collected feedback on future Teaching OUTSIDE the Box Conferences. We listened to your feedback and made two significant changes to our conference. We have moved the date of the conference to early March and have conference sessions on both a work day and weekend date to accommodate various schedules-starting with a kick-off event on Thursday evening.

Scholarships: Limited scholarships are available for conference attendees. Apply online by January 15:

Registration: Online conference registration will be available by December.

American Avalanche Association: AVPRO course location and dates

The American Avalanche Association is pleased to announce this year’s AVPRO course location and dates.

Join UsAVPRO 2014
Greetings A3 Members,The American Avalanche Association is pleased to announce this year’s AVPRO course location and dates. For the first time AVPRO is coming to Lake Tahoe, CA/NV February 25-March 4, 2014. Drawing on Lake Tahoe’s deep ski industry history, abundant yearly snowfall, and steep rugged terrain, students will spend time learning from some of the industry’s most experienced avalanche professionals. Details can be found at should attend AVPRO? AVPRO is intended for all disciplines of avalanche professionals with a solid background in avalanche fundamentals, companion rescue, and basic snow assessment. The course will continue to build on this foundation of snow science with an emphasis on high level of companion and organized avalanche rescue, accurate and advanced snow stability assessment, and avalanche control programs and procedures. Other common questions and answers can be found at or by contacting our new AVPRO coordinator, Dallas Glass.Join us this season for what will be an exciting time of learning and networking as avalanche professionals.


Dallas Glass
AVPRO Coordinator- Education Committee
American Avalanche Association

Based on the article yes there was going to be a lawsuit

You can’t make a customer happy when they hurt and you yell at them

Here are the facts as put forth in the article. A man riding a zip line hit a tree. The tree was padded. The man was supposedly stuck in a tree, injured while an employee yelled at him. The injured man supposedly tore a tendon in his right knee and required surgery.

The article says, the lawsuit says a “worker or manager accused [plaintiff] of not following park rules and injuring himself on purpose…”

I’ve torn tendons; they hurt. I would have gone for a sprained ankle if I needed an injury. But again, that is hard to do on a zip line.

“Said employee argued with Plaintiff and his wife over whose fault the accident was until several minutes had elapsed while Plaintiff was still in the tree in agony,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit states that the Zoom Air Daytona employee argued about whether Farrell should call an ambulance. The lawsuit said the employee did not help obtain any medical treatment for Farrell. It was Farrell’s wife who got ice for her husband from their vehicle, he said.

Do Something

Or in this case don’t do something. If you believe you have a fraudulent accident occurring on your property your response is no different from any other injured person, legitimate or not. Your investigation should be immediate, thorough and include every witness statement or comment you can find.

The suit claims the man is suing because the defendant did not “”adequately” train its customers or “adequately” supervise its zip lines.”

Customer training is the nightmare of all outdoor companies. Are they listening to you? What do you have to get across to them? What do they need to know? What do you feel you legally need to tell them?

However, I have NEVER seen a claim that you were negligent in not training a customer properly.

See Man claims injury on Daytona Beach park zip line

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Help Save the Colorado River and maybe win a Raft Trip


Hello Friends of the Colorado River!

Ready for some summer fun?! Today we are launching a photo contest, the winner of which will receive a free raft trip through the Gates of Lodore on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument! oars1.jpg

You can enter to win by clicking here!

Our amazing friends at O.A.R.S rafting have offered this great 4 days/3 nights trip for 2 people to help protect the Colorado River and support our organization. What do you have to do to win? Just send us your coolest, funnest photos of recreating on water on the Colorado River or on any river in the Southwest U.S.

Do you have great rafting, kayaking, swimming, playing in water photos? How about photos of kids covered in mud alongside the river? Send them to us here!


Here’s the itinerary of the great rafting trip. It will take you through the heart of Dinosaur National Monument and one of the most scenic and remote canyons in the U.S.

The contest will run through July 25th –which is “Colorado River Day!”– and then we will let the public vote on the coolest photo to choose the winner of the trip. So, take a look through your photos, or better yet go out and take some photos this weekend, and send them to us here. Stay tuned for ongoing updates about this photo contest. And, again a BIG THANK YOU to O.A.R.S for offering this free trip!

Ready for some summer political action?! We are supporting our friends at Utah Rivers Council in Salt Lake City in their efforts to hold the Utah State governmenturc-audit.jpg accountable for its water policies. The Utah Rivers Council has launched a petition to force an “audit” of the Utah State Division of Water Resources. The Council alleges that the State is “cooking the books” and basically making up numbers to support proposals for massive new pipeline projects that would further destroy the Colorado River. Today the Salt Lake Tribune editorialized in support of the audit and accused the State of “lies, dam(n) lies, and statistics” by making up numbers and saying just about anything to support its pipeline proposals. The Deseret News also wrote a strong story about the issue. Major kudos go to the Utah Rivers Council which is a scrappy, gritty band of river protectors in Utah, just the kind of eco-heroes we need to protect the Colorado River for future generations. Please sign the petition here!

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Want a job rowing a boat or motor rig in the Grand Canyon?

Hello everyone,

Poster for Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona...

Poster for Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are 2 small craft operator (whitewater boat operator) positions now open in Grand Canyon National Park. The positions opened today, June 17th and will be open for applications until July 12th. The positions have a 4 year term. You can access the job posting/descriptions/requirements and apply online at:

This information came from the Grand Canyon River Guides Association. If you love the Grand Canyon, you should be a member.


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