Big Bend Conservancy
2019 BigBendChat Calendar on sale now!
Quote from: House Made of Dawn on August 06, 2019, 02:59:33 PM$330 + service plan is expensive, though not too much more than the base price of the McMurdo when I bought mine. But itís way, waaaay, WAAAAAAY cheaper than an extended stay in the hospital... or a funeral. Let's be real though. That's not what an InReach does. All of that extra money won't prevent accidents, it's just for people to send texts in the wilderness. Personally, I go to the wilderness to be away from things like texting, so it was an easy choice for me: a one-time purchase of a PLB. If I get into serious trouble, the USAF gets a satellite signal and the rescue teams are alerted. No monthly fees required.
$330 + service plan is expensive, though not too much more than the base price of the McMurdo when I bought mine. But itís way, waaaay, WAAAAAAY cheaper than an extended stay in the hospital... or a funeral.
My question, if anyone knows, what would happen if you pushed the SOS button on an inReach in the backcountry of big bend. How quickly would the local SAR/authorities be notified and mobilized and who would respond first? Iím guessing not as quickly as it was at Mt Rainier but I donít know.
Any thoughts on portable ham radios? My son just purchased one (Yaseau FT-60R) for his hiking adventures.
It wonít prevent accidents, it can just make it more resource efficient to respond to them. Even if the ďaccidentĒ is just a hiker falling behind schedule - the ability to notify family / rangers that youíre fine just slow can prevent an SAR operation in the first place. And I routinely read stories from SAR about their appreciation for the 2 way texting capability during rescues. Personally I like the idea that, Iíd case of accident or emergency, I can provide SAR with the information they need to efficiently and effectively manage the most resource appropriate rescue.
But I donít understand the idea that I am somehow immune to trouble because I am one of the self-reliant and safe, whereas people who need rescuing are somehow incompetent or reckless.
All photographs and content posted by members are to be considered copyrighted by their respective owners and may not be used for any purposes, commercial or otherwise, without permission.