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Emergency Beacons?

Postby Stu Brandel » Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:11 pm

My wife asked if there was anything I could bring in my back pack that would put out a emergency signal if I ran into real trouble. I tend to hike alone, so I admit is a good idea. But I know nothing about what devices may exist - or even what such devices are called. I always bring a cell phone, but I of course that is only as good as the cell service. I would appreciate any education you can give.
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Re: Emergency Beacons?

Postby beean » Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:55 pm

Something like this?

https://www.gme.net.au/catalogue/emergency-beacons-and-safety/mt410g.aspx

Other gizmos that are popular are the Spot and InReach, which allow the sending of 'I'm ok' messages. Spots are notoriously unreliable.

I'm a fan of the emergency only beacon because your significant other may panic if you forget to send an 'I'm ok' message and call for a rescue. This has happened twice now to friends of mine due to their daily check in message not being sent by the device.
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Re: Emergency Beacons?

Postby nartreb » Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:11 pm

I haven't read it yet, but I'm hoping this book will include some new details about a recent case in my neck of the woods that highlighted some limitations of rescue beacons:

http://www.mountainwanderer.com/proddet ... prod=NHH67
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