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    Quote Originally Posted by erniec View Post
    I just do not know how we survived.
    Didn't have cellphones.
    When into the bush for a week or two without anybody really worrying about us.
    Would get dropped off,pick us up on such and such day.
    Worked all day without anybody knowing what we were up to.
    Had my phoned disconnected because I hadn't paid my bill.
    Still ran a business told the boys pick you up in the morning.
    Picked them up in the morning.
    In some ways it really was pretty simple then.
    But I guess we subconsciously took responsibility for ourselves.
    The thing about those old days is that when someone was late back they sent out many large teams of people to look over several days. That tied up huge resources. often the result was finding someone who died slowly. Now we have cell phones and PLB's that are pretty cheap and can be tracked, so I feel it shows personal responsibility on our part to minimise any likely costs (emotional/dollars/time) if we are in a situation where we need help or come across someone else that urgently requires the help.

    I'm a pretty stubborn bugger and it would have to be a very dire situation for me to set mine off for myself.
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    Yes have one and take it everywhere, as well as for work. Have needed to call the rescue chopper on four occasions in my lifetime - none for myself but others. Fortunately two we had coverage for cell phone so could get out, the other I used a sat phone to get out and the fourth we hit the button straight away. I now encourage all of our contractors who frequently work outside of the coverage area to have at least one PLB on site with them. No brainer really. I also have a sat phone in my truck at all times, and take it if heading into the hills for an extended period. Great things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlsen Highway View Post
    Ironically this post is entirely true except for one bit. Good luck trying to cut anything with a green river. Safe as houses in this scenario.
    When I bump into you on the next planet I'll swing the billy while you show me the PLB you got the day you hit 69 lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildman View Post
    Isn't the greatest irony that you of all people have arguably had the greatest need for one on a number of occasions out of most people?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    Personally, as an old bastard I'm hoping for a "hard attack". And if that happens while I'm in the hills I will be hitting that PLB button. They can either fly my wife into me, or me out to my wife. I won't be bothered either way. It will still be a rare treat.
    Sounds like a Giant Panda breeding program.



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    LOL
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    Bottom line: PLB, use it / don't use it.
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    How did we survive before PLBs?

    TL/DR: The people who didn't survive aren't posting about their experience.

    Meanwhile, I've attended car accidents where people used their seatbelts and still got injured. This in no way affects my opinion that seatbelts are a really good idea that everyone should embrace.

    Regarding the guy who stabbed himself, from what I've read of his account, he needs to brush up on his first aid skills. Ideally, you don't apply a makeshift torniquet, you're unlikely to get it tight enough to work properly, and quite likely to damage yourself. If you *do* manage to fashion an effective one, once it's on, leave it on until the operating theatre (and note the time you applied it), or it's doing worse than nothing.
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    My siblings and I had the benefit of knowing gun safety and the bush and the mountain from an early age ... small creeks/streams such as the Makino and Mangatainoka Streams can become raging pieces of water within minutes, you never take any silly risks, you are looking to the sky often, you maintain an awareness of the track, awareness of the vegetation ... it is not difficult, just use your eyes and ears ... and unless you have a good knowledge of an area, that scree may look benign but can be a real trap ... go easy, listen and look ...
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    Exactly. You're not in Syria.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EeeBees View Post
    My siblings and I had the benefit of knowing gun safety and the bush and the mountain from an early age ... small creeks/streams such as the Makino and Mangatainoka Streams can become raging pieces of water within minutes, you never take any silly risks, you are looking to the sky often, you maintain an awareness of the track, awareness of the vegetation ... it is not difficult, just use your eyes and ears ... and unless you have a good knowledge of an area, that scree may look benign but can be a real trap ... go easy, listen and look ...
    Fare enough. There is a list of dead Pro's,they were just that.
    Ex Pros that are still kicking are somewhat ancient nowadays,they passed the test of time.
    But the old buggers that are lucky enough to be still out there doinit have the worry of the body or should I say parts of the body packin a shit.
    There is only one thing that will put an ol hunter down and that will be his age. So it don't matter how bloody experienced you were/are there is a good chance that the shit will splat when out in the scrub.
    Will be great that the Family can say farewell............not '' where the fuck could the body be''.
    PS. These wee gadgets are getting cheaper.
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    Jesus, we are still talking about tramping and deer hunting right? Not the Normandy landings?
    You've got more chance of getting killed in the helicopter.
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    Where now leaning towards what one should do in his toterige when one insists on buggering off into the scrub,you know instead of joining the local f***ing bowling club lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlsen Highway View Post
    Jesus, we are still talking about tramping and deer hunting right? Not the Normandy landings?
    You've got more chance of getting killed in the helicopter.
    Or 4wd, the drive in is more likely to end in tears....
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    Quote Originally Posted by doinit View Post
    Where now leaning towards what one should do in his toterige when one insists on buggering off into the scrub,you know instead of joining the local f***ing bowling club lol.

    I was going to ask why cant these old folks talk about their PLBs and Pacemakers just to each other while they play bowls? But I won't. I am not your enemy. Winter is your enemy.
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