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3120Re: [BackpackingLight] The Gear J unkie Scoop: Buddy-Board - “Is your lif e worth 30 seconds?” (before leaving the trailhead)

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  • JD Schaefer
    Nov 3, 2008
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      So any vandals seeing the buddy-board would know how safe it would be to
      break and enter?

      Roleigh Martin wrote:

      >the Gear Junkie has a daily blog (free) worth signing up for -- today's
      >review. Interesting advice.
      >*The Gear Junkie Scoop: Buddy-Board*
      >*By STEPHEN REGENOLD <http://thegearjunkie.com/about>*
      >"Is your life worth 30 seconds?" That's the question posed by Buddy-Board
      >LLC of Jamaica Plain, Mass., on the packaging of its namesake product, a 5 ×
      >8-inch dry-erase board made for recording information about a backcountry
      >In the case of an emergency, pre-printed fields on the plastic board for
      >your name, age, contact information, and intended trip itinerary provide
      >quick information for park rangers or would-be rescuers when they see the
      >Buddy-Board on your vehicle's dash.
      >That's the theory, anyway.
      >Say you've parked the Subaru at a remote trailhead in Utah's Grand
      >Staircase-Escalante. Your goal is a two-day squirm through the area's slot
      >canyons and labyrinthine sandstone terrain. As a final precaution before
      >heading out, you record information about your route on the Buddy-Board and
      >place it under the windshield above your steering wheel — a process the
      >company touts as taking 30 seconds but having the aforementioned potential
      >to save your life.
      >Now, you could scrawl the same information on a random piece of cardboard.
      >That would save you the $17.97 cost charged for this product at
      >www.buddy-board.com. But the primary value of a Buddy-Board is in its
      >convenience and the fact that you have an object to remind you of the task.
      >The product, which began shipping last month, comes with a dry-erase maker
      >and a logo decal to put on the rear window of your vehicle (to alert people
      >that there's a Buddy-Board up front).
      >The company markets the Buddy-Board as the "first step in ensuring safe
      >outdoor adventures and activities." I'd argue to the contrary: The
      >Buddy-Board should be seen as the final step in outdoors preparedness, with
      >your gear for the trip, knowledge of the terrain, a map and the skill to use
      >it, and personal communication before you leave with friends and family
      >about your whereabouts as steps to take before deploying the Buddy-Board's
      >dry-erase marker.
      >Backcountry travelers — solo or not — need to accept the wilderness ethic of
      >self-sufficiency. Cell phones, personal locator beacons, GPS devices and
      >items like the Buddy-Board are backup parachutes.
      >But if you want to scribble a few notes and put it on your dash, the
      >Buddy-Board is an easy insurance policy. It could, on some wrong and rare
      >day, help to get you rescued or found, back out of the woods and home again.
      >*—Stephen Regenold writes the weekly *Gear Junkie Scoop* for
      >TheGearJunkie.com <http://thegearjunkie.com/>.*
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