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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.
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