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PIEPS and Black Diamond Equipment Avalanche Transceiver / Beacon Safety Check

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

Black Diamond has observed a small number of PIEPS and Black Diamond Avalanche Beacons with malfunctioning electronic components that may prevent it from switching between SEND and SEARCH modes. Testing is ongoing, but it is important that they communicate this information promptly and ask that anyone in possession of the following beacons to immediately perform a safety inspection to ensure your beacon is functioning properly.

• PIEPS Micro BT Button

• PIEPS Micro BT Race

• PIEPS Micro BT Sensor







If you have one of these beacons, immediately check and verify that the SEND/SEARCH/BLUETOOTH modes are working properly. If your beacon does not pass the Safety Check, you should retire it immediately and return it to PIEPS / BLACK DIAMOND for service, free-of charge.

Instructions to perform the Safety Check and related information can be found here. We will update you as more information becomes available.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the customer service department at [email protected].

Black Diamond sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.

AKU CRODA DFS GTX Men’s Lightweight Mountaineering Boots

Friday, March 25th, 2022

Reinforced with Kevlar, the AKU CRODA DFS GTX features a GORE-TEX lining. They are intended for cold temperatures in mixed environments with rock and ice. AKU’s Dual Fit System allows you to vary the fit in walking and climbing mode by simply engaging the two different lacing systems, protected by a built in cover. The Vibram Croda Litebase sole cuts weight by up to 30% yet retains stability, allowing the use of traditional or semi-automatic crampons.

Coming soon, in sizes 8-13.


Visit Helix Tactical at Enforce Tac

Thursday, February 24th, 2022

Helix Tactical is attending Enforce Tac on the 1st-2nd March in Nuremberg, Germany. This is the best European show for seeing the latest specialist tactical solutions and this year they will be providing you with a multi-level, interactive experience. You will find their stand in Hall 12 – Stand 671.

10th SFG(A) – Cold Weather Training Instructor Course

Sunday, February 6th, 2022

What does it mean to be a Winter Warfighting Expert?

Currently, 10th SFG(A) Green Berets are in a frozen wilderness mastering the aptitude to train, plan and facilitate cold-weather training at the battalion level to meet our specific arctic warfare mandate.

CWT encompasses backcountry mobility, avalanche awareness and preparedness, winter survival, snowmobile operations and advanced riding techniques and special operations small unit tactics on skis or snowmobiles.

Accordingly, the Cold Weather Training Instructor Course is designed to develop professional instructors to return to their unit as skilled teachers and leaders for their unit’s CWT events.

OR Snow Show 22 – Acli-Mate Sports Drink

Friday, January 28th, 2022


Acli-Mate mountain sport drink offers to combat Spiritus sickness by going after its associated dehydration with a powder water supplement consisting of electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and extracts from the adaptogenic herbs Rhodiola, Schisandra, and Ginko.

Available in 11 oz jars or handy individual serving packets in Orange, Grape and Cran-Raspberry flavors.

OR Snow Show 22 – Love Handle 7

Thursday, January 27th, 2022

Love Handle 7 is a gear sling for your climbing devices which features a rigid handle to help keep everything organized during storage.

SHOT Show 22 – TSSi a Noble Company

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022

Tactical Survival Specialties was purchased by Noble along with Federal Resources. All three are now under a single umbrella and serve as Tailored Logistics System vendors for the Defense Logistics Agency.

TSSi put together a display of various cold weather clothing and individual equipment brands they offer. Here’s a break down of what is on the mannequin.

The Blue Force Gear PLATEminus and pouches in winter camo livery is a one off to show the capability.

They also displayed two packs in two different configurations.

US Army Hosts Mountain Warfare Course in Djibouti

Tuesday, December 28th, 2021

DJIBOUTI — Five U.S. Army Mountain Warfare School instructors with the Vermont Army National Guard travelled to Djibouti to teach a five-day Joint Expeditionary Mountain Warfare Course to service members from France’s 5th Overseas Interarms Regiment (5e RIAOM) at the Arta Range Complex, Dec. 12-16, 2021.

The course consisted of knot tying, rope management, rappelling, fixed rope techniques, hauling systems, ascension techniques, lowering systems, basic mountain casualty evacuation and portable stretcher training. Upon successful completion of the course, the students received the prestigious Ram’s Head device and a certificate of completion during a graduation ceremony.

“Any time we can have information sharing and collaboration, it’s beneficial for us as well as our partner forces,” said Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Dearborn, an instructor at the U.S. Army Mountain Warfare School. “Even the experienced service members were able to take something away from this course.”

Mountain qualified Soldiers from the 1-102nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain), Task Force Iron Gray, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), assisted Vermont’s instructors with the course. The 1-102nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain) is a unit within the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), the only active mountain brigade in the U.S. Army. The 86th IBCT (Mountain) and the Army Mountain Warfare School are both headquartered Vermont.

“Our task force is honored to host this joint training event and further demonstrate our interoperability and continuous cooperation with the French military,” said Lt. Col. Frank Tantillo, Task Force Iron Gray commander. “Because of joint trainings like this, we are all more ready to succeed at our missions and allow future task forces to continue carrying on these partnerships for years to come.”

This is the first time the Army Mountain Warfare School has conducted mountain training for French service members in Djibouti. For years, French forces have routinely invited U.S. service members to participate in the French Desert Commando Course in Djibouti. During Task Force Iron Gray’s deployment to the Horn of Africa, 53 Soldiers successfully completed the grueling 12-day course, earning the foreign identification badge.

The Joint Expeditionary Mountain Warfare Course was a way for the U.S. Army to give back by including foreign nation service members from France’s 5e RIAOM, and share specialty skillsets that strengthen the relationships among the international forces working together in the region. Thirty-two French service members from the 5e RIAOM successfully completed the Joint Expeditionary Mountain Warfare Course.

“This is part of a mutual cooperation between the U.S. and the French,” said French Capt. Benoit Malet, Commander, French Desert Commando Course. “The U.S. came here to teach the French their own techniques. We do the same things but different ways, so it is very interesting to us to discover a new view on what we do.”

By SSG Amanda Stock