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09
Jul

Black Diamond, Inc announced today that – on behalf of its subsidiary brands, Black Diamond, PIEPS and POC -it is issuing a voluntary recall for all JetForce avalanche airbags in order to carry out a required firmware update. Their recall notice states that in a limited number of cases, system malfunctions have resulted in involuntary shutdown and/or failure to deploy. These malfunctions can be resolved by a firmware update at their global service centers. There have been no accidents or injuries resulting from these malfunctions. This firmware update, and the shipping to and from service centers, will be done at no cost to customers. All users and retailers of first generation Black Diamond, PIEPS and POC JetForce Avalanche Airbag packs should immediately stop using and return their pack(s) using the link below.

SUBMIT A JETFORCE RECALL REQUEST

How To Identify Affected Units

All JetForce Avalanche Airbag Packs sold between November 15, 2014 and July 7, 2015 should be returned to one of their global service centers. These units can be identified by a manufacturing date code printed on a label located inside the front pocket. Units bearing date codes from 4275 to 5077 are subject to this recall. The affected units were sold under the following model names:

 

  • Black Diamond Pilot 11 JetForce Pack
  • Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Pack
  • Black Diamond Saga 40 JetForce Pack
  • PIEPS JetForce Tour Rider 24
  • PIEPS JetForce Tour Pro 34
  • POC Thorax 11 Backpack


Recall Return Procedure

Please follow these steps to complete a recall:

  1. Click here to initiate a return.
  2. Follow the instructions provided to return your pack to one of their service centers, using the provided pre-paid shipping label.
  3. Your JetForce pack will be inspected, the firmware updated, and the pack tested to ensure proper function of the system. Black Diamond will then return the pack to you at no cost.

When updates are complete, you will receive a shipping confirmation and tracking number for the return shipment of your JetForce Avalanche Airbag pack.

 

For additional information, see FAQ below, or contact Black Diamond directly at service@jetforcerecall.com or at 800-775-5552.

JETFORCE RECALL FAQ

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07
Jul

 width=Yesterday, the gang met up for a late start to get some July skiing in on Mt. Rainier (out of the Paradise parking lot). Where we were all pleasantly surprised on the awesome cool breeze (all day), no bugs, and fantastic corn. As we skied the steeps, in the Simpson stash, we all kept wondering if it were better than our June ski (in the same area). Not stoked for the massive receding of the glaciers (for what ever the excuse people are arguing about in the media), but it is sure happening right in front of our monthly visiting eyeballs. That being said, we all felt blessed yesterday as we shralped some amazing July corn. Below is look back to our June 16, 2015 ski day which was quite similar (minus the epic breeze), with Adam Roberts, Tara and Carl Simpson, along with myself. Good times and fun edit and pic above (skier/TNT) provided by Carl Simpson!

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04
Jul

 width=Quite a different Fourth of July this year of 2015, wild fires around the state (which seem to be mostly under control), super hot heat wave blasting the PNW, a year with almost NO low elevation snow (to speak of- giving us views of the high alpine lakes as seen in left pic… Lake Lillian as seen a few days ago), and yesterday on my trail run from Hyak to Snoqualmie Pass (via Rockdale and the PCT) I noticed the trails are very overgrown making it hard to see your next step on the talus). The big talk today, for most in the PNW is the threat of fire due to wild fireworks, so that being said I’d like to share up last year’s Hyak fireworks display which follows a short hansSOLO ski into the front yard (which shows how much snow we should have right now in the Cascades. Also, like to give a BIG birthday shout out to my son Trevor (my fourth of July buddy who’s initials are also TNT, but seem to fit him better!!!

My thoughts last year as I watched the fireworks from the Rampart Ridge zone… “O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming, and the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air”, gave proof that all my Hyak friends were down there… Below “Rampart Ridge”. Live to FREEdomski another day!

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30
Jun

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It’s gonna be a tough year to link up the year round skiing here in the PNW, as we have said goodbye to the skiing on Snoqualmie Pass in late April. Our 2014 Solstice gathering happened at our Silver Peak stomping grounds with almost 40 other skiers, this year the choice was to head up on the North side of Rainier to get some skiing in on the Russell and Flett Glaciers. A handful of us would make the trek into the park via the Mowich Lake entrance, with the goal of an epic sunset and some smooth skiing. Well, the sunset didn’t disappoint (as usual) but the skiing wasn’t very good, except on the steep aspects. All in all it was another great trip with great friends (even if it took a bit to connect with everyone). This is an epic day hike, if you have never been, which I highly recommend. Head for Observation and/or Echo Rocks which is roughly a 13 mile round trip.

 

Below is a video of our little adventure this past June 21, 2015. photo credit above / Adam Roberts

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26
Jun

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I’ve fallen a little behind on my edits, letting them get stacked up since our mid-May trip to Mt. Daniels with Chris Olson, Jeff Rich, Tara and Carl Simpson. I got the call from the gang for a trip up to Mt. Daniel, which I couldn’t pass up, as this one is fairly close to home. To access Mt. Daniel, you head out on the Cle Elum Valley Road via the sweet, little city of Roslyn, WA (which is also known as the set of the long running tv series “Northern Exposure“. We all headed out the evening of May 19th for a little car camping fun, and to get an early start on the Cathedral Pass trail, which would lead us to “skinable” snow apx 5 miles into the hike. We did have to carry the skis over Cathedral Pass, and were back on the snow just before Peggy’s Pond. We all were quite surprised to see how much snow was in this zone as our own “stomping grounds” were almost totally snow free. It was a big day that finished off with a little pond skimming over a hella deep pond that was sitting on the toe of the Hyas Glacier. Good times, as always with this fun loving mountain crew!

Below is a look at the BIG day on Mt. Daniel….

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18
Jun

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This is a look at last year’s trip up to the Russell Glacier, where Adam Roberts and I had a different goal rather that all of the R & R that took place. This is an epic zone, for amazing views. If you aren’t a year round skiier, I still highly recommend doing this hike from Mowich Lake campground to Spray Park (and beyond), you won’t be disappointed! I originally pulled this video down because of a typo, and never got around to the re-edit, so see if you can find the mistake ;-) Live to Ski Another Day, and bring on the Summer Solstice!

 


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12
Jun

Pretty wild clip of a snowshoe hare trying his luck crossing (what looks to be) a late season wet slide. The kid who filmed this shot, mentioned the rabbit did make it out OK. Mad skillz!

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06
Jun

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I really like this video Jason Hummel (of Alpine State of Mind ) put together of a recent trip into the Cle Elum Valley, to circumnavigate Mt. Daniel. Jeff Rich was the other modern day cowboy that would make the journey this past Saturday and Sunday (5/30 & 5/31/2015). The video is epic and you know the trip must have been amazing, I am stoked Jason took the time to put the vid together… So cool to see his stunning photography” come to life! Below are a few words from Jason in regards to the trip, along with his vid.

 

A two day trip skiing around Mt. Daniel. Approx 11-12k vert gain and 22-25 miles. Skied to Peggy’s Pond, Circle Lake, Venus Lake, to the summit of Hinman, to Foss Lakes, Peak Soup Lake, up the Lynch Glacier, then down the Hyas Glacier, back to Peggy’s Pond.

 

photo and video credits / Jason Hummel (check out more of his amazing work @ Alpine State of Mind and be sure to follow him on facebook )

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Jun

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Young, Alex Ropka just sent this sweet, short recap of he and his father’s (Ben Ropka) recent ski trips. Their, May 2015, adventures led them to both, Mt. Rainier National Park, and one of my favs, Ptarmigan Ridge, which is located in the Mt. Baker ski area bc (between Table Mtn. and Mt. Baker).


photo (looking towards Ptarmagin Ridge and Mt. Baker) and video credit / Alex Ropka

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Jun

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Cooler and wetter weather is upon us this week in Western Washington. The snow level is dropping to 6000′ – just in time for what’s currently forecast to be a sunny Friday, June 5th, 8am opening of the road to Sunrise Visitor Center). At 6400′, that’s the highest road in Mt. Rainier National Park. About a week ago, the Snow Troopers visited the Sunrise area. Below is the video and this week’s Mt. Rainier snow forecast: a possible “up to” 10 inches(!) of new snow at around 9400′ which is close to the elevations of Anvil Rock on the Muir Snowfield and Camp Schurman. The forecast is pretty similar for the Mt. Baker area. We hope this National Weather Service forecast pans out. Note that while the road to Sunrise opens this Friday (which is weeks earlier than the past few years’ late-June, early July openings), the Sunrise Visitor Center won’t be open until June 27th.


-This Afternoon -Snow showers. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

-Tonight -Snow showers. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

-Tuesday -Snow showers. High near 32. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

-Tuesday Night -Snow showers. Low around 24. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

-Wednesday -Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 32. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches -possible.

-Wednesday Night -A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

-Thursday -A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

-Thursday Night -A chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.

-Friday -Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.


photo & video credit / Carl Simpson

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