What do you pack to be FOUND???

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TeeDee

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Just throwing the question out there as most of us want to go unnoticed into the bush/forest/wild areas , do you pack anything to cover the eventuality of needing to be found?

If so what is it and can we see some photos. We do play in remote areas with terrible moby reception and also sharp instruments.

So , what you packing to be found?? Photos??
 

mick91

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Glow sticks and reflective pads are all well and good but you really do want some magnesium and phosphorus kicking about
 

Nomad64

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In the interests of blending in, most of my outdoor clothing and kit is neutral/natural coloured or cammo (the latter not as a fashion statement but usually cost) but I usually carry an orange/yellow hi viz/reflective vest and velcro wrist/ankle bands (costs a couple of £s and weighs just a few grammes) which would make me or my emergency bivvi a lot more visible to anyone searching for me. It also makes me feel a lot safer walking along country roads after dark.

A whistle and charged phone are obvious carries and (although it is years since I've carried any) can't argue with carrying small flares, but the best thing for making sure that someone comes looking for you is not what you take but what you leave behind - details of your route and ETA with a trusted mate!

If I'm going somewhere seriously remote then an Iridium satphone is a pretty good backup.
 

TeeDee

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Glow sticks and reflective pads are all well and good but you really do want some magnesium and phosphorus kicking about
Can we still purchase these ? if so where from , I have a thought they have tightened up sales of these somewhat. My Local Chandlery only seems to do single units.
 

mick91

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Can we still purchase these ? if so where from , I have a thought they have tightened up sales of these somewhat. My Local Chandlery only seems to do single units.
I think it's a case now that you need a specific reason to buy them. Boating etc.smoke is still readily available though through paintball suppliers
 

Tonyuk

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I pack always an orange survival bag as a large day marker/shelter, a spare nokia phone, whistle and signal mirror. Night wise glow sticks are a good investment, as well as a decent torch with a flashing setting. If there's a helicopter above looking for you, a lit cylume with a good length of string tied on the open end and swung in a circle quickly makes a very good & visible marker.

I've never considered carrying flares routinely but have seen them being sold on a few sites, such as this one;

http://www.tvandfilmsupplies.co.uk/ecommerce/search/pyro/distress-flares/

Might be worth a look.

Tonyuk
 

santaman2000

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It varies TBH. If I'm just hiking about in the woods I usually have a whistle and a "rescue blanket" (mylar) with silver on one side and orange on the other (both radar reflective) If I'm hunting of course the orange vest is usually mandatory anyway.

If boating out in the Gulf certain items are mandatory by law:
-Flares (12 Gauge



-Fog Horn (usually in a small boat it will be one of the disposable ones the size and appearance of an aerosol can)


-(optional by law but usually carried) a small Marine Band radio.

--Sample hand held
 

John Fenna

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I just use a red rucksack liner drybag or an orange survival bag...
In the canoe it was a full set of flares if in estuary or at sea...
On exped it was a Sat Phone or two way radio...
I normally carry a whistle and a phone with me - but switched off to preserve the batteries (and not to get annoying phone calls when I am having "Me" time!
 
A map or GPS unit is useful (even if you know the terrain well in almost zero viz) if you have to tell the emergency services where you are. A grid ref is much more useful to the remote call centre than "half way up the north face of Big Hill". From recent experience.
 

lou1661

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Along with normal stuff like map, compass and GPS, and an orange blizzard blanket, mobile phone.

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In the box is a lightweight air marker panel.

Louis