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    Default "When GPS leads to S.O.S."

    I normally have a lot of respect for David Roberts and his writings but I found this article a bit strange. Or maybe it was the people he referenced who were a bit strange.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/14/op...-s-o-s.html?hp

    Nevertheless, it is worthy of consideration.

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    This is a very valid argument. A couple years ago a spot or PLB was used because some folks couldn't handle the fact it was light out in the middle of the night. Folks have pushed the button 5 miles up 20 mile and had the troopers come pull them out. Sorry that you had a problem but if don't have broken bones and 5 miles from the hwy it's time to start walking, even if it does mean brush whacking!

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    Maybe one solution would be that part of the cost of a PLB would be contributed to SAR. So instead of $150 a PLB costs $250 but $100 goes to SAR. Not every person who buys a PLB or SPOT is an idiot, most aren't. I have a PLB and my plan is never to use it, and most certainly never to use it frivolously. I plan and pack as though I'm 100% on my own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EagleRiverDee View Post
    Maybe one solution would be that part of the cost of a PLB would be contributed to SAR. So instead of $150 a PLB costs $250 but $100 goes to SAR. Not every person who buys a PLB or SPOT is an idiot, most aren't. I have a PLB and my plan is never to use it, and most certainly never to use it frivolously. I plan and pack as though I'm 100% on my own.
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