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Emergency Comms and Evac

Post by padowan.si » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:22 am

I'm planning a trip through France/Spain and as I will be solo for most of it, I am contemplating getting some kind of emergency communication device, either a Satellite device, like a Garmin in-Reach, or an EPIRB/PLB.

I know there are pros and cons of each - PLBs have no subscription, are dedicated fire and forget devices, operate on government channels, but they have no means of getting confirmation back to you that the signal has been received or what action is being taken. The InReach however has true 2-way messaging throughout a rescue, so you know what's happening and can give more details of your predicament, they also alloy you to use them as a more normal messaging device, not just for emergencies in areas where there is no cell signal, but this convenience comes with the cost of a monthly subscription.

I wanted to get a feeling for what, if any, devices people on here are carrying and what went through their minds when making that decision. Also, does anyone know what an evacuation might cost in France and Spain, would that likely be covered under (specialist) travel insurance - I assume medical bills would be OK under the EHIC scheme.
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Re: Emergency Comms and Evac

Post by urkobar » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:39 pm

Hi, a helicopter rescue can cost you around 6000€, then you have to
add the cost of take the bike out of the mountain.

I am not familiar with those satellite devices but I was reading about
"spot" it looks OK but I don't know if it's take care of paying the bills
or how much.
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Re: Emergency Comms and Evac

Post by johnrhino » Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:30 pm

I have a "spot" I use it for all my travels. very good idea. It helps when you need it. Off course not for a flat tire but yes there is a helicopter if you are in serious trouble (alone in the wilderness with a broken leg). also handy to let the people at home know where you are. Device costs about €175 - yearfee about the same for the start.
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Re: Emergency Comms and Evac

Post by ex-xt » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:22 pm

And also a good training in, emergency - updated level 2 minimum- might help you and others, in addition of precautions for solo riding .
And carrying a compression bandage sealed : both wound to stop bleeding and strap a broken part.
plus some painkillers and so .
In some places the helicopter cant land , even if you can g dial the 112, I have been hiking and so enough to know a bit about it .
And be sure of your localisation anyway , not only by GPS coordinates but geographical references .
your best gear , and sometimes the only one , is YOU .
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Re: Emergency Comms and Evac

Post by Womble » Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:09 pm

I got myself the Garmin Inreach when doing the Pyrenees solo and have had it with me on hikes.

You can use it for navigation (though other devices are more comfortable, maybe as a backup device), to track your own ride and send communicate SMS style via satelite when no GSM is available. With Mapshare you can let others follow your ride on google maps.

If you want to prepare financially to the cost of getting saved, you can even get insurance.

Even if helicopters can't land, they cable lift you unless you are in a really inaccessible place like a rock face. You should be very unlucky to find yourself in such a position when riding trail (and then lucky to be alive...).
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