Don't be chopping any wood with this hatchet anytime soon. CPSC photo.
Walmart has recalled 246,000 camp axes, for a bit of a scary reason: The heads detach from the handle. According to Gear Junkie, The Consumer Product Safety Commission discovered that the 14-inch steel implement easily detaches from the handle, not exactly what you want to happen from a tool you plan to swing around. Owners of the small Ozark Trail camp axe have been warned to stop using the product immediately.
Despite distributing roughly a quarter of a million defective axes, Walmart is only aware of two incidents involving the defect. For either case, the injuries that were reported were only minor cuts and abrasions. This isn’t Walmart’s first error regarding selling outdoor gear. In September, when they launched their new online gear site with Moosejaw, they received a cease and desist letter from Black Diamond for using the brand’s product photos without permission. Oops.
This morning, Patagonia announced it is donating $10 million to groups defending clean air and water, responsible land use, and the regenerative organic agriculture movement. Rose Mercario, CEO of Patagonia, says "Based on last year’s irresponsible tax cut, Patagonia will owe less in taxes this year—$10 million less, in fact. Instead of putting the money back into our business, we’re responding by putting $10 million back into the planet. Our home planet needs it more than we do."
On Saturday, December 1, at 9:55 a.m., sixteen people were skiing and snowboarding on the southern end of Expert Chutes, an inbounds zone at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, when an avalanche broke above them. In a matter of seconds the 150-foot wide slab with a 2-foot crown barreled down the slope, burying five skiers below. Without hesitation, onlookers immediately sprung into action and the ski patrol responded swiftly. Thanks to the cooperation and preparedness of the community and the
An avalanche caught five skiers on Saturday morning at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Everyone survived. The slide was triggered near the top of the freshly-opened Thunder Lift in an area next to the Expert Chutes zone. The slab broke loose from the base of a cliff with a crown measured around two feet deep and 150 feet wide. A JHMR ski patrol search team armed with two dogs, a Recco device and avalanche beacons immediately began searching the area, uncovering the victims, which included