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    I posted this question on another forum but didn't get any response. Since the question really does apply to pilots, perhaps there would be opinions found here.

    I was talking with a buddy and we were discussing using one of those SOL emergency blankets as a superlight tarp to cover meat, gear or anything else should the need arise. I set up one of these cheap blankets like shown in the video below with the guy out points already on so it would be ready to pitch in multiple configurations. The video is kind of long but at about 14:00 he shows it prepped.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PktX1SxDTQs

    Anyway, so here is the question. If you were across a drainage on another mountain or flying over and saw this shelter setup from a distance would it signal to you that there was an emergency that you should check out or report? Part of our discussion was to possibly bring one along on a caribou hunt next year but I would hate for guide or transporter to see it and report an emergency that may not be the case. Just curious as to other's thoughts on this.

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    I carry a military signal panel in the seat back of my planes.... They look a lot like an glo-orange tarp.

    When flying along I detour for odd visuals and an orange marker would certainly get my attention. So using a international emergency orange tarp to cover your meat cache might not be the best idea .
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    I guest anything possible a long time ago there were some people on a mountain above Hope. I think they were setting up camp and using flashlights. The people in the valley thought they were in trouble and started signaling them and they flash back it them. The next morning they woke up to a helicopter above them. LOL

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    Thanks for the replies. That is kind of what I was thinking and obviously want to avoid any false emergency or even costing someone their time and fuel to come check something out. It is too bad because these things are amazingly light and compact yet have very good strength. I guess I could always pitch it with the silver side showing. That would still probably get a pilots attention but not necessarily signal an emergency. I assume you see brightly colored tents and other things while flying, right?

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    The silver side up would reflect sunlight better and keep the meat cooler. I throw wet grass over my meat tarp to let it evaporate and cause cooling...
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