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Re: [Sequoia Kings Canyon Hikers] The Gear Junkie Scoop: Buddy-Boar d - “Is your life worth 30 second s?” (before leaving the trailhead)

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  • Roleigh Martin
    Good counterpoint. Really. ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 31, 2008
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      Good counterpoint. Really.

      On 10/31/08, Peter Klein <pklein95014@...> wrote:
      >
      > I'm normally not paranoid about leaving my car/truck parked at a trailhead,
      > but advertising how long I'm going to be gone is another matter. And
      > listing
      > my phone number. A shame it's come to this. And, yes, I have had a
      > vehicle broken into and robbed at a trailhead some years ago.
      >
      > When I do solo trips, I sometimes will leave a note in my tent with the
      > date and my destination if I'm going on a x-country dayhike. Not that
      > it will do much good if something nasty happens.
      >
      > Pete
      >
      > On Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 11:45 AM, Roleigh Martin <roleigh@...>
      > wrote:
      >
      > > the Gear Junkie has a daily blog (free) worth signing up for -- today's
      > > review. Interesting advice.
      > >
      > > http://thegearjunkie.com/gear-review-buddy-board
      > > http://www.buddy-board.com/
      > >
      > > *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
      > > adventure.
      > >
      > > 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
      > > Outsidemag.com<
      > > http://outside-blog.away.com/blog/the_gear_junkie_scoop/index.html>and
      > > TheGearJunkie.com <http://thegearjunkie.com/>.*
      > >
      > >
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