Zul the Magnificent: M&P
Mentalpatient87: Good, good. Any advice for bringing along my dog? I was thinking about buying one of those little saddle bag things so she can carry her share...How about wildlife? Is there any merit to the idea of "marking your territory" with bear mace at your camp site to keep them away? I heard that suggested from someone.
cgraves67: I can never remember which syllable you are supposed to emphasize in Arapaho. Is it aRAPaho or araPAho?
99.998er: I bet the boy wanted to go to Mexico with his mom and sister all along.This:[www.bigtravelweb.com image 497x331]Or this?[www.mountainphotography.com image 700x525]
Lamberts Ho Man: Mentalpatient87: I mean, how much weight am I looking at, as well as cost, for an emergency backup plan? Is it something you think I honestly NEED? it looks cool, but I don't know if I have the room for it.That Yaesu is a relatively expensive radio - in the neighborhood of $600 I think. And you're dependent on somebody happening to be listening/scanning on your HF frequency within the footprint of your bounce. I haven't done much HF, so I don't really know how likely that is. But it will definitely get out of places that a 2 meter radio won't.On the other hand, a cheap handheld 2M radio and 1/4 wave whip can be had for < $50 and I've been pretty surprised what we've been able to hit with those. And 2M repeaters very often have somebody listening to them, even if they aren't actively talking. But you won't have repeater coverage everywhere, and a mountain or hill between you and the repeater can easily cut you off. Did I mention they're cheap?The satellite EPIRB units like the SPOT I linked to earlier will get out almost anywhere and will relay your message and GPS coordinates to the relevant local authorities. They're somewhere between the 2M radios and the Yaesu (which is very much on my "want" list) in terms of initial cost and require an annual subscription. The Ham radios also require a certain level of experience and knowledge to operate effectively, while the EPIRB can be as simple as basically a panic button.You need to assess your need based on your experience and the area you'll be travelling in.
RockyMtnGirl: Get the Ruff Wear (?) hiking boots for your dog. Yes, I'm serious.
RockyMtnGirl: and he (felt like he) had to leave the dog.
Texas Gabe: You can skimp out on some gear and equipment and get by but always buy the best boots you can afford from a top brand outdoor supplier (Merrell, North Face, Tewa, Keen, etc.).
Texas Gabe: Never rely entirely on back country water sources
Texas Gabe: Trekking poles
dittybopper: BTW, it used to be that there were several APRS-enabled ham radio satellites, and a small radio like a Yaesu VX-8 series handheld could beacon your GPS position to them (GPS is built-in to the radio), and they would retransmit that position to be picked up by the numerous APRS to internet gateways.. Unfortunately, there is only one that I know of that is still doing that, the International Space Station, and it's not always on.Still, a radio like that set to beacon your position every half-hour or so would be quite useful to anyone looking for you. Saves them the time and effort of having to look for you, they just sent up a plane with an appropriate receiver and a computer of some sort (even a tablet or smartphone: http://aprsdroid.org/ https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocketpacket /id336500866?mt=8 ) and by virtue of your height above ground (say, 4,000 feet above local terrain), you'd be able to hear such a packet from at least 1.4*sqr(4000) = ~88 miles away, assuming there isn't a mountain blocking the view and you aren't getting some knife-edge diffraction.
Lamberts Ho Man: Thanks - Interesting stuff. I really want to get further into the ham stuff, just to many hobbies not enough time. Mostly use it as a glorified high power CB for vehicle based back country stuff right now. One of the guys in our club has a nice APRS setup.
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