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#7059507 - 11/09/12 09:05 PM P.L.B
elkhunter_241 Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 06/20/08
Posts: 579
Loc: North Idaho
Personal Locator Beacon

There have been some pretty lengthy discussions in this forum about having a P.L.B. with you in the back country.

This story is a perfect example of how they can save your life.

I know some guys feel that it ruins the purity of the wilderness experience, but you can bet your ass this guy and his family are glad he had one.

I carry the DeLorme InReach which allows two way text messaging when paired with a smart phone.
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
- Abraham Lincoln, the Rail Splitter from Illinois.

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#7060787 - 11/10/12 03:06 AM Re: P.L.B [Re: elkhunter_241]
headwatermike Offline

Registered: 09/15/07
Posts: 198
Makes me glad my Inreach will be here Monday.

They stopped traffic in front of the Ennis hospital that day with that helicopter in the highway. I suppose they were dealing with this. I've seen that helicopter flying all over, they must be busy!

#7061336 - 11/10/12 11:50 AM Re: P.L.B [Re: headwatermike]
snubbie Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 10/30/11
Posts: 2206
Loc: Western North Carolina Mtns
That's like the prototypical scenario of how it's all supposed to work. Fortunate there was a helicopter in the vicinity. From way out there to the hospital in a little over 2 hours is pretty amazing.
I hope the guy recovers.
Gloria In Excelsis Deo!

Originally Posted By: Calvin
As far as gear goes.. The poorer (or cheaper) you are, the tougher you need to be.

#7061444 - 11/10/12 01:12 PM Re: P.L.B [Re: snubbie]
Irving_D Online   content
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 02/18/10
Posts: 2446
Loc: Ny
Wow that gives you chills
‎I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian.

#7061832 - 11/10/12 03:41 PM Re: P.L.B [Re: Irving_D]
Huntr Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 01/28/04
Posts: 10601
Loc: New Mexico
Originally Posted By: Irving_D
Wow that gives you chills

No doubt!

#7063784 - 11/11/12 03:31 AM Re: P.L.B [Re: Huntr]
gwl Offline

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 139
I carry a fast find. It cost a few hunderd up front cost but no monthly fee. Reviews are very good.

#7096064 - 11/21/12 04:57 AM Re: P.L.B [Re: gwl]
WFR Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 07/25/07
Posts: 1013
Loc: Upstate SC
We used a DeLorme InReach on our last 4-day backpacking trip.
Very satisfied with it as it allowed the folks back home to track our progress.
We had it set to send out a location ping every 4 hours.
I hope we never have to utilize it in an emergency but it's nice to know it's there.


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