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Re: Emergency Whistles

Postby gary c. » Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:51 pm

I carry one plus there is one built into my Osprey pack (Osprey one not very loud). A couple years ago I bought a box of good steal wistles and attached them to retractible badge lanyards from work. I gave them to everyone that hikes with me on a regularly.
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Re: Emergency Whistles

Postby cslaght » Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:52 am

One thing I was also thinking about with a whistle (both day and main pack have the sternum strap plastic), is that you can whistle S.O.S. if a SAR is not apparent. This, I'd assume, would grant some attention to anyone around that help is needed.
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Re: Emergency Whistles

Postby maverick » Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:53 am

A trip to the fireworks stand in early July would be roughly equivalent.


Either the bear banger or fire works as mention, would be illegal, and would increase the chances of even more wildfires in the Sierra, which is the last thing we need. :(
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Re: Emergency Whistles

Postby oldranger » Thu Sep 17, 2015 12:13 pm

Mav

Show me the regulations that coverbear bangers. Regs for seki are somewhat vague but think they would have a hard time prosecuting anyone for carrying a bear banger or even using one according to the directions.

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Re: Emergency Whistles

Postby maverick » Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:14 pm

You are correct Mike, the rules as written are quite vague. My main concern is that some folks may handle this as some toy, injure themselves, someone else, a bear, or start a wildfire, especially in drought conditions.
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Re: Emergency Whistles

Postby Wandering Daisy » Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:36 pm

I carry a plastic whistle as a necklace. I also make a point to have some very bright colored clothing. It is amazing how much easier it is to find someone if they are wearing florescent hunter orange. A bright turquoise blue also works well. Another thing is that anything moving is easier to spot- perhaps have a bright orange kerchief and wave it tied to your trekking pole. A mirror is also useful.
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Re: Emergency Whistles

Postby LMBSGV » Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:39 pm

Anytime I hike, I carry a whistle in the small right front pocket of my camera case and a compass with a signalling mirror in the small left pocket. I don't care about a few extra ounces. If I need to count every ounce than maybe I shouldn't be hiking and backpacking.
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Re: Emergency Whistles

Postby longri » Thu Sep 17, 2015 4:35 pm

LMBSGV wrote:I don't care about a few extra ounces. If I need to count every ounce than maybe I shouldn't be hiking and backpacking.

Maybe not. Maybe you should carry a PLB and a satellite phone too. Each of those weighs just a handful of ounces. Don't forget the snakebite kit. You never know. It doesn't weigh very much.

I'll bet John Muir didn't carry a whistle.
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Re: Emergency Whistles

Postby dave54 » Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:47 pm

oldranger wrote:Mav

Show me the regulations that coverbear bangers. Regs for seki are somewhat vague but think they would have a hard time prosecuting anyone for carrying a bear banger or even using one according to the directions.

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Difficult to obtain in the U.S. I tried to find a source online and was unable. Canadian retailers will not ship to the U.S. Cannot ship through USPS mail, common carriers (UPS, FedEx) won't touch them. Considered explosives. If anyone finds a legal source post back here or PM me.

Ironic, isn't it? Canada sells bear bangers over the counter but does not allow handguns. The U.S. allows handguns but not bearbangers. :-k
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Re: Emergency Whistles

Postby LMBSGV » Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:09 pm

Maybe you should carry a PLB and a satellite phone too.


I always appreciate sarcastic responses. Actually, I do carry a satellite phone when I am solo backpacking. Since I am 64 years old with a medical condition, my wife likes me to have the phone.
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