Does technology help or hinder backcountry rescue?

I recently wrote a post about cellphones in the backcountry on my blog:  www.kimkircher.com.  Last year, three bc rescues at Crystal Mountain were aided by the victim’s use of cellphones.   Here’s a link to the post:

http://kimkircher.com/2010/08/29/does-technology-help-or-hinder-backcountry-rescue/

One thought on “Does technology help or hinder backcountry rescue?

  1. Gil

    In addition to a cellphone and the standard backcountry gear I personally think a GPS or at least a compass should be considered standard equipment when heading out. There’s been more than one occasion where I’ve had to point my self and fellow skiers in the right direction when visibility has gotten low.
    I seem to recall there were two incidents with people getting turned around last year, ending up heading south instead of into Silver Basin.

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