Posts tagged ‘personal locator beacon’

Why I Bought A PLB (Or… Why I Didn’t Buy A SPOT)

PLB stands for Personal Locator Beacon. About a year ago, after giving it a lot of thought and after doing a lot of research, I bought a GPS-Enabled 406 MHz PLB: the one I chose is an ACR ResQLink. So why didn’t I buy a SPOT, instead? Over the past month, I’ve had a number of hikers ask me that question and I’ve given them the reasons based on my research.

Given all the questions, I thought it might be a good idea to post my research and reasons on my blog where it’s easily accessible to others who might find it helpful. This is a hiking blog and since, for me, the purpose of a personal locator beacon is to get rescued, I will only focus on features related to emergency distress signals.

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Making Plans for My First Backpacking Trip

A friend and I are planning a trip into the back country, northeast of Cuba, New Mexico, USA, in the San Pedro Wilderness. This is just north of the area where I went snowshoeing last December. Mid-June looks like a good time for this trip. Snow should be melted, with mild days and cool nights. This area is beautiful and there are a number of small rivers where we will be hiking and camping.

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To PLB or Not to PLB? That was the Question…

PLB: Personal Locator Beacon

Spent weeks trying to decide whether to buy a PLB. After much soul searching, and given that I hike quite a bit and plan on doing some solo hikes, and that I hike a lot with the ASCHG, it seemed prudent to acquire a PLB. My research lead me to the ACR ResQLink as my preferred choice.

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