Montreat College Virtuoso Series 2 Day Outdoor Recreation Management, Insurance & Law Program

2 packed Days with information you can put to use immediately. Information compiled from 30 years in court and 45 years in the field.get_outside_12066-2

Whatever type of Program you have, you’ll find information and answers to your risk management, insurance and legal questions.

CoverYou’ll also receive a copy of my new book Outdoor Recreation Insurance, Risk Management, and Law

Get these Questions Answered

What has changed in the law Concerning Releases? What states still allow releases and which ones do not. What changes have been made in how releases are written? How can you make sure your release is not as affected by these changes?

Everyone is excited about Certificates of Insurance. Why this excitement is not valid and why most of them don’t work. What must you do to make a certificate of insurance work for your program?

What is an assumption of risk document and why are they important. How can your website be used to prove assumption of the risk.

How should you write a risk management plan that does not end up being used against you in court?

How do you handle an accident so it does not become a claim or a lawsuit.

Put February 24 & 25th on your Calendar Now.

Course Curriculum

1.    Assumption of the Risk

1.1. Still a valid defense in all states

1.2. Defense for claims by minors in all states

1.3. Proof of your guests assuming the risk is the tough part.

1.3.1.   Paperwork proves what they know       Applications       Releases       Brochures

1.3.2.   The best education is from your website       Words       Pictures       Videos

2.    Releases

2.1. Where they work

2.1.1.   Where they work for kids

2.2. Why they work

2.2.1.   Contract

2.2.2.   Exculpatory Clause

2.2.3.   Necessary Language

2.2.4.   What kills Releases       Jurisdiction & Venue       Assumption of the Risk       Negligence Per Se        

3.    Risk Management Plans

3.1. Why yours won’t work

3.2. Why they come back and prove your negligence in court

3.2.1.   Or at least make you look incompetent

3.3. What is needed in a risk management plan

3.3.1.   How do you structure and create a plan

3.3.2.   Top down writing or bottom up.       Goal is what the front line employee knows and can do

4.    Dealing with an Incident

4.1. Why people sue

4.2. What you can do to control this

4.2.1.   Integration of pre-trip education

4.2.2.   Post Incident help

4.2.3.   Post Incident communication

You can decided how your program is going to run!blind_leading_blind_pc_1600_clr


Put the date on your calendar now: February 24 and 25th 2017 at Montreat College, Montreat, NC 28757

$399 for both days and the book!

For more information contact Jim Moss

To register contact John Rogers , Montreat College Team and Leadership Center Director, (828) 669- 8012 ext. 2761



Update on Ice Climbing with the UIAA


The UIAA News Release.
10, January 2017


2017 UIAA Ice Climbing Season

Athletes from nearly twenty countries enjoy a competitive, close-fought UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup weekend as Russian athletes claim gold medals in lead and speed.

The UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, partnered by The North Face Korea, heads to Cheongsong, South Korea next weekend for the third event of the season.

Two very distinct venues, four deserving gold medals winners and one memorable weekend of ice climbing.

Beijing is the new stop on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour and its excellent hosting of World Cup events in lead and speed from 7-9 January ensure athletes will be eager to return in the seasons to come.

First class facilities and hospitality were matched by two excellent venues for lead and speed as competition in the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing season, partnered by The North Face Korea, intensified.

Ice duels

The speed competition, held on a mountainous cascade of ice was first to conclude. 37 male and 14 female athletes prepared to conquer a wall which bought multiple challenges and demanded nimble footwork, raw speed and core strength. The duel format is engaging, fast paced and winner takes all. Athlete against athlete until the field is whittled down.

By the men’s semi-final stage it was down to four Russian athletes. Each semi-final divided into two rounds. In the first duel Radomir Proshchenko saw off compatriot Nikolay Shved by a near five second margin. The second semi-final proved closer. This despite Vladimir Karthashev recording the second fastest time on ice over the weekend. A breathtaking 10.37 seconds on his first attempt. In the second climb rival athlete Nikolai Kuzovlev won comfortably but not by a significant enough margin to overturn the six second deficit he had incurred during a poor first climb.

Video: Men’s Speed Final
The final was set. Proshchenko versus Karthashev. The latter edged the first climb. Barely time to catch their breath and the countdown started for the decisive second ascent. Proshchenko began with intent. Could he become the first athlete to break the 10-second barrier in Beijing? A costly slip halfway up the climb curtailed that ambition but he continued powerfully to defeat his rival by over two seconds and claim the gold medal. In the bronze medal encounter, Shved took the spoils.
Video: Women’s Speed Final
The women’s speed final came down to two athletes with rich gold medal heritage. Maria Tolokonina is the defending World Cup champion in both lead and speed. Ekaterina Koshcheeva finished second in speed last year and won gold in Saas Fee. Despite a few stuttering moments, Koshcheeva took the first climb by .26 seconds. The defending champion had to claw her way back. However, on the second climb it was Koshcheeva who exerted her dominance as a tired Tolokonina made a costly slip. A well deserved gold medal. Completing the podium was Nadezhda Gallyamova.

Redemption in lead

42 male athletes and 22 female athletes contested the lead competition at a recently revamped, state-of-the-art venue in Beijing.

A number of athletes compete in both the speed and lead events. No small feat for the likes of Maria Tolokonina who had given her all in Sunday’s speed competition. After claiming silver in the speed final, Tolokonina showed her class throughout Monday’s lead competition, winning each of the rounds. In the final she completed the climb in a faster time than Korean athletes Shin Woonseon, gold medal winner in Durango, and the ever impressive Song Han Na Rai. Her outpouring of emotion at the end of climb demonstrated how hard she had worked.

Video: Maria Tolokonina (Russia), winning lead climb
The men’s lead competition finely demonstrated the competitive, international nature of the field. The top five places were occupied by athletes from different countries. Defending champion Maxim Tomilov failed to make the final. Finishing fifth Janez Svoljsak from Slovenia continues to improve season after season; following an excellent climb in Durango, Canada’s Noah Beek took fourth place. Yannick Glatthard, Switzerland’s rising ice climbing star claimed bronze while HeeYong Park warmed up for his homecoming climb in Cheongsong with a silver medal. Dominant in the semi-final, gold went to Nikolai Kuzovlev. Like Tolokonina, he showed great resilience and strength of character in recovering from a tough speed competition.
Video: Nikolai Kuzovlev (Russia), winning lead climb
The UIAA thanks all of the event organisers and the Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA) for their hospitality and excellent organization of the event.


Men’s Lead

1. Nikolai KUZOVLEV, RUS
4. Noah BEEK, CAN

Men’s Speed

2. Vladimir KARTASHEV, RUS
3. Nikolay SHVED, RUS
4. Nikolai KUZOVLEV, RUS

Women’s Lead

4. Ekaterina VLASOVA, RUS
5. Mariia EDLER, RUS

Women’s Speed

1. Ekaterina KOSHCHEEVA, RUS

Full results from Beijing and season standings can be found on the live UIAA Ice Climbing page.

Follow the action

Images from World Cup event in Beijing will shortly be available on the UIAA Flickr channel.

Video highlights from Beijing, including livestreaming playback can be viewed on the UIAA YouTube channel.

Livestreaming will be provided from the next round of action as Cheongsong, South Korea hosts the third event of the season next weekend.

Competition Schedule

World Cup
14-15 January, Cheongsong (South Korea)
20-21 January, Saas Fee (Switzerland)
28-29 January, Rabenstein (Italy)

UIAA Ice Climbing World Championships
4-5 February, Champagny-en-Vanoise (France)

UIAA Ice Climbing World Youth Championships
10-11 February, Champagny-en-Vanoise (France)
Main Image: Xinhua Sports

The UIAA was founded in 1932 and has 92 member associations in 69 countries representing about 3 million climbers and mountaineers. The organization’s mission is to promote the growth and protection of climbing and mountaineering 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 climbing and mountaineering community. The UIAA is recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

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Outdoor Recreation, Insurance Risk Management and Law

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Ouray Ice Climbing Festival Schedule is UP. The biggest Ice Climbing event in North America

2015 Ouray Ice Fest ClinicsThe 2015 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, Bluewater Ropes, Petzl, Black Diamond, and many, many more.

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


Sales for the clinics and seminars will begin on Thursday November 13th, 2014 @ 0800 MST – 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 20th Annual Ouray Ice Climbing FestivalJanuary 8 – 11, 2015. See you there!!

Ouray Ice Festival Clinics / Seminars 2eab28cb-5a44-4781-8cdd-c203d45f7170.png2015 Clinic Schedule

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!

New this year is the opportunity to climb with our guides from San Juan Mountain Guides on Thursday before the festival begins at a discounted rate. Check out the “Seminars” tab on the clinic schedule page.

Ice Fest Clinic Schedule
Clinic Sales begin on November 13, 2014 @ 0800 MST

San Juan Ice Conditions Update

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We’ve had plenty of early season moisture to feed waterfalls, drips, and seeps to form great early season ice conditions. With a huge dip of cold weather on the way, backcountry ice will be in climbing condition very soon. Ice climbing in November and December offers some of the best ice climbing of the year.

Early Season Ice Climbing Course
Private/Custom Ice Guiding
Ouray/San Juan Ice Conditions Page


OK, this one just sent me over the edge. The USFS ticketed a rescuer for not getting out of the way. The rescuer had rappelled down and stabilized an injured climber on a ledge.

News Report and Video of the Rescue

Watch the video or read the transcript then go make a comment! I would also suggest you contact your congressman and let them know the actions of the USFS are way out of line.

Read the transcript at the website Climber involved in rescue issued citation

On top of that, the Good Samaritan rescuer could have been liable to the injured climber if he had followed the instructions and abandoned the injured climber. As many of you know, once you start a rescue or first aid you must continue until relieved by a higher medical authority.

Besides, how is this going to be portrayed with the next rescuer? Will people be willing to help if they may face a ticket?

The biggest wake up should be to the US Forest Service. Most rescue plans for federal lands, USFS, BLM or NPS are dependent upon Good Samaritans. In many plans, the plans would not be possible without the involvement of persons standing by.

The National Forests in North Carolina contact info can be located here and is:         Supervisor’s Office

160 Zillicoa St. Suite A

Asheville, NC 28801


You can email them here. Tell them you only know what you say on the newscast but their actions can have chilling effect on future rescues. Also, their actions might have put the victim at risk and subject the rescuer to liability.

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Study by Vermont Medical Student wants to Study Rock Climbing Injuries.

Injuries in Rock Climbing Survey

Information Sheet
This is an information sheet describing the survey. 

Just as an FYI: If you are under 18 or have spent less than half of your climbing time climbing sport or bouldering, you won’t be able to complete this survey. I plan on coming back later and looking other climbing disciplines, but right now I’m focused mainly on sport/bouldering. I’m including this disclaimer here after some initial survey-takers were surprised to be disqualified early on in the survey. If you are 18 or older and have spent at least half your climbing time climbing sport or bouldering, read on!
Title: Survey of Chronic Injuries in Rock Climbers
Principle Investigator: Alex Folkl

Faculty Sponsor: Rodger Kessler

You are being invited to take part in a research study on the prevalence, causes, and consequences of chronic injuries in rock climbers. This study is being conducted by Alex Folkl, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

You will be asked to answer 16 questions, which should take less than five minutes to complete. These include demographic questions (age, gender), and questions about climbing and injury history.

The information being collected in this survey is anonymous. We hope that study results will fill gaps in medical knowledge about injuries in climbers, and in so doing will allow you to anticipate what kinds of chronic injuries to be on guard for the longer you climb, and what kinds of lifestyle modification may be necessary to cope with those injuries.

Your participation in this study is fully voluntary and you may choose not to participate. The results of this study may be published. However, the information obtained during this study is confidential, and as we will not ask for your name or any identifying information, you will remain anonymous in any publications.

If you have any questions concerning your participation please contact Alex Folkl at Questions concerning your rights as a participant in this research can be directed to Nancy Stalnaker, Director of the Research Protections Office at the University of Vermont, by calling (802) 656-5040. Your consent to participate is implied upon the completion of the survey.

To take the survey click here!

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UIAA has a YouTube Channel

Fun and educational videos are available. 

The UIAA (Union Internationale des Association d’Alpinisme or International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation) has created a YouTube video channel to post its videos. The site is called Everything Mountaineering. Most of the videos are of climbing competitions including the world cup.

However there are three safety videos. 

UIAA Mountain Equipments Testing 1

UIAA Mountain Equipments Testing 2

UIAA Mountain Equipments Testing 3

The three videos show different types of testing of equipment. The videos are very interesting, in fact fascinating in how some equipment actually breaks.

As a climber, mountaineering or ski mountaineer I encourage you to watch the Testing videos.

The UIAA also has a Twitter account and is on Facebook.

Twitter: UIAAmountains

UIAA on Facebook

See Everything Mountaineering.

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