Notice anything different on Bushwalking Blog? Over there in the sidebar perhaps?
Yep, I’m hiring out PLB emergency beacons now – RescueMe PLB1’s, in fact. They’re a bit awesome. The world’s smallest PLB apparently. Pretty cheap to hire, too.
The idea came to me a couple of months ago, when I read yet another news story about rescued hikers. On this occasion the hikers were well prepared and were able to call emergency services on their mobile phone, but a local park ranger was quoted in the article urging others to follow their lead and be similarly well prepared.
That’s all good and well, but the main thing that got them out of trouble was being in an area with mobile phone coverage.
What if you’re not going to be in such an area? Well, some would say you really need to be carrying a satellite phone or emergency beacon.
If you hike in those parts of New South Wales and Tasmania where emergency beacons are available to borrow for free, or if you hike regularly enough to warrant purchasing your own PLB, you’ve probably got that covered… For everyone else, PLB hire is your best option.
I realise I’m not the first to offer a PLB hire service, but I’m aiming to provide a service that is more affordable and easy to use.
I know that a lot of you, my wonderful readers, are either fairly new to hiking or don’t get out hiking very often, so hopefully by offering this service I’ll be helping you enjoy the wilderness more safely. After all, that’s part of what Bushwalking Blog is all about.
If you want to know more, head over the bookings page or check out the complete, step-by-step outline of the PLB hire process.
Got any questions, comments, suggestions, or constructive criticisms? I’d absolutely love to hear them, so please leave a comment below or feel free to get in touch with me privately. I’ll do my best to implement your suggestions.