personal locator beacons
by al78 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:28 pm
by mrssanta » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:04 am
by mynthdd2 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:59 pm
PS I use a SPOT locator......
by brian2434 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:59 pm
by al78 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:25 pm
by walkingpoles » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:37 pm
It's not foolproof, but works for me.
by Coop » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:05 pm
Ive a few days booked off in September and also a few in October. Hopefully get the Bheinn Dearg ones done and some of the Fannichs.
If you fancy hooking up for any walks give me a shout.
by harry hill » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:12 pm
al78 wrote:Sorry, didn't think to check on the gear section, I only browse the discussion and walk reports sections, so didn't register there was somewhere to talk about equipment. I've had a look at the thread and the consensus seems to be it is a personal choice, they obviously won't work for someone knocked unconcscious, but a reasonable decision to take one into a remote area with no phone signal.
With a Spot plb you can set it to upload your location every 10 minutes. This can be accessed by whoever you choose, so if you are overdue your exact position can be located, even if you're unconscious.
by Pastychomper » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:30 am
walkingpoles wrote:I (no wife, no kids) never carried such a thing in the highlands and probably never will. Not remote enough. My strategy to deal with the second worst event depends on the outing and is a combination of bivvy bag, whistle, telling somebody where I am going, bright colours, charged mobile, first aid kit, splints, poles and extra calories. And most importantly a defensive stance when making decisions.
It's not foolproof, but works for me.
Similar here so far, though I'm not so sure about the "never will" part - if PLBs get cheaper, or
my solo walks get longer, the balance may tip as far as I'm concerned. I have thought about (but not yet tried) using something like Viewranger's buddy beacon to let someone at home check my progress every now and then - most hilltops at least seem to have some 'phone signal, so it might give them a clue if I failed to reach a peak or ridge by a given time.
This report pointed out an advantage of a beacon that I hadn't thought of. It looks likely that the author was drifting in and out of consciousness without realising it, but was aware long enough to press a button. It's conceivable that someone would be able to press the button but not, for example, power up a spare mobile 'phone and type an emergency message, even if there was enough signal to use it. That adds another (small?) window where the PLB could prove its worth.
by GillSte » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:52 pm
by Scraggygoat » Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:28 pm
As mentioned above the odds of needing one are small, and they are expensive.
However one thing I can say from experience is that if faced with a seriously injured casualty (or sadly casualties), and lacking phone signal with limited opportunity to gain one in a timely manner, it will suddenly seam very cheap relative to its value.
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by paulG2 » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:39 am
by mynthdd2 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:46 pm
Willie Anderson, from Cairngorm Mountain Rescue, told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme: "He set off a personal locater beacon saying he was in trouble, it was freezing, he was quite hypothermic and he'd injured his back and leg.
"The message from that goes to America then it comes back to this country."
that will do me for SPOT and it's subscription...
by onsen » Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:14 am
In a nutshell...a small rough nutshell.
One off fee
Long 7year battery life
Send away to replace battery
Shorter battery life
User replaceable/chargeable batteries
Obviously, there's a lot more brands out there. Research.
Choose to suit your own solo/ group wilderness wanders.
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