Emergency Whistles

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Re: Emergency Whistles

Post by maverick » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:03 pm

I also carry a small Liberty Mountain aluminum whistle like this, attached to my light shell jacket as a zipper pull. The shell goes with me whenever I wander away from camp.
I was under the assumption that metal whistle are not safe in very cold conditions, and they can stick to you lips in freezing temperatures.


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Re: Emergency Whistles

Post by WarrenFork » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:47 pm

If I'm wandering away from camp with only a light shell it won't be in subfreezing temperatures. The whistle on my pack is plastic.

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Re: Emergency Whistles

Post by dave54 » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:58 pm

One is floating around the bottom of my pack someplace.
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Re: Emergency Whistles

Post by longri » Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:44 pm

rlown wrote:
longri wrote:
rlown wrote:Had one. Gave it to a friend who hiked out solo 2 days early because he couldn't sleep at altitude.
I wonder if 125mg tablets of acetazolamide might have worked better. That's what I take when I'm having trouble sleeping at altitude and it works like a charm.


I made him go to the doctor and they prescribed Xanax. I found that 151 made him sleep better :) Still has my whistle though.
Just because a doctor prescribed an anti-anxiety medication doesn't mean it was the appropriate treatment. I was once prescribed a tranquilizer for what turned out to be esophageal reflux. The appropriate medication that I eventually got was cimeditine, a stomach acid inhibitor. The first doctor had me (wrongly) pegged as an anxiety case.

But if 151 worked for your friend it's unlikely that his problem would have been helped by acetazolamide. I wonder what his story was?

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Re: Emergency Whistles

Post by longri » Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:46 pm

maverick wrote:Longri wrote:
Would we have heard them screaming help instead? I
A whistle is much easier to blow than to yell, and the sound travels much further, even up to a mile away.
So I've been told. But I haven't seen the data so I'm skeptical.

That little orange whistle that came with my pack was pretty weak. I'll bet I could out yell it.

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Re: Emergency Whistles

Post by Randyhol » Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:48 pm

My wife and I both carry Storm whistles as part of our emergency kit. Never hike anywhere, day or otherwise, without them. And carry earplugs. Almost made myself deaf the first time I tested the whistle, so figured the ear plugs would help if we were using the whistle for real. Orange version, dangles from head gear when we are out during hunting season, for a bit more visibility for hunters!! Otherwise always on our hip.
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Re: Emergency Whistles

Post by rlown » Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:52 pm

hearing is different than seeing. If I were down, I'd crawl to the nastiest looking dying pine tree with the dead needles under it, and light it up. Of course this year, It might be hard to see with all the other smoke, but It's your best chance if you don't know if anyone is looking for you.

Then blow your whistle. And then pay your fine.

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Re: Emergency Whistles

Post by maverick » Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:56 pm

If I were down, I'd crawl to the nastiest looking dying pine tree with the dead needles under it, and light it up. Of course this year, It might be hard to see with all the other smoke, but It's your best chance if you don't know if anyone is looking for you.
So how do you crawl away from the new wildfire that you may have just started Russ?. :unibrow:
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Re: Emergency Whistles

Post by rlown » Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:59 pm

you know I'm never that far away from water, Mav.. :) and downhill and upwind.

So I've been googling around trying to find a whistle success story and I can't find one. Go.

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Re: Emergency Whistles

Post by The Other Tom » Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:46 pm

There is one built in to to the shoulder strap of my current (GoLite) pack. My previous Gregory didn't have one built in, so I cared one which I would describe as "police grade".

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