The gauge says 0.5 but the actual rate is nearly 2. "From now we will only be providing regulators with separate flow controllers and in line flow volume indicators," Ted says. "The idea is to ignore the number on the dial and look at the actual flow in the delivery line [...] the bottom line is that the flow rate is going to change throughout the life of the cylinder." Image by Ted Atkins courtesy Ted Atkins, SOURCE
Image of an Altitude Junkie mask. "There are a number of people offering masks that look very like the Topout mask," Ted says, "be careful. If it does not say Topout on it then it is not. The safe bet is to buy direct." courtesy Jagged Globe
Last season, Atkins was hurt (note injuries on neck) testing a Poisk regulator in conjunction with a new Summit cylinder, delivered as being higher pressure than the Poisk cylinders. Having sold a number of these cylinders Ted felt obliged to inform all of a potential problem. Image by Ted Atkins courtesy Topout Oxygeneering Ltd, SOURCE
Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summits was injured after the Summit regulator exploded while attaching it to a Poisk cylinder. "This is different and potentially more serious that the previous accident as this was an ignition," Ted said. Image by Ted Atkins
To get 'on Top' of the situation, "Please contact me if you have doubts or would like advice," Ted urged users last year, "meanwhile please take the extra precautions we advised: fit cylinder to reg with the gauge down, wear goggles, wear gloves." In image Ted and Nima, the Sherpa who saved his life on Everest in 2004.
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(Newsdesk) Over the years the supplementary oxygen business on Mount Everest and surrounding 8000ers has been shady at best.In 2004 an Aero Systems Engineering Officer working with the RAF Mountain Rescue Service built the popular Topout oxygen mask and tried to bring accountability to the trade.In April last year Ted Atkins was injured during routine tests of O2 gear. Turned out Ted was not alone. Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summits suffered injuries to his fingers after a Summit regulator exploded while attaching it to a Poisk...