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Re: [John Muir Trail] Re: [BackpackingLight] The Gear Junkie Scoop: Buddy-Board - “Is yo ur life worth 30 seconds?” (before leaving the trailhead)

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  • paul ahonen
    Yep. The same old way, actually tell someone when and where your going and for how long. ________________________________ From: Roleigh Martin
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 3, 2008
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      Yep. The same old way, actually tell someone when and where your going and for how long.


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      From: Roleigh Martin <roleigh@...>
      To: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com; bpl_yahoo <BackpackingLight@yahoogroups.com>; sequoiakingscanyonhikers yahoogroups.com <sequoiakingscanyonhikers@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Monday, November 3, 2008 11:41:08 AM
      Subject: Re: [John Muir Trail] Re: [BackpackingLight] The Gear Junkie Scoop: Buddy-Board - “Is your life worth 30 seconds?” (before leaving the trailhead)

      Hey all, I'm convinced, the Buddy Board is not such a good idea to leave on
      the dashboard displaying such information to possible vandals.  It might be
      a good idea to have it laying on the seat upside down so that if something
      happens to you and the authorities break into the car, they can see the
      vital information; but unless anyone breaks in the car, nobody knows how
      long you are gone.  In this "scenario", your car is already broken in, so
      it's not the fault of the buddy-board but the fault of you just being an
      unlucky victim.  However, if it's the authorities (ranger, etc) who have
      broken in your car, they have valuable information).

      Yes, it's always a given, that you register with a ranger, etc., and get
      permits.  But sometimes you hike in areas where such is not needed (like the
      Superior Hiking Trail in MN, etc.)


      On 11/3/08, JD Schaefer <jdrows@...> wrote:
      >
      > So any vandals seeing the buddy-board would know how safe it would be to
      > break and enter?
      > JD
      >
      >
      > Roleigh Martin 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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