personal locator beacons

The Beacon Debate

Three climbers are presumed to have died on Mt. Hood on December 12, reports this story from the Seattle Times, re-kindling an ongoing debate in Oregon about whether locator beacons should be required for all climbers. Is it an unnecessary encumbrance for experienced climbers? An infringement of liberties? Do beacons give novice climbers a false …

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Just in Case?

Taking a hike in the wilderness is supposed to be an adventure. It’s the unknown. It’s risky. You have to come prepared and know what you’re doing. Lately, though, rookie outdoor adventurers have been taking riskier trips with their personal locator beacons, using the beacon as a safety blanket on trips they’re not well-equipped to …

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