It has been less than a year since I first joined the ACC, with this being my second year pursuing climbing and mountaineering. I am extremely grateful to receive the guidance and training from experienced volunteers in this club, such as the recent opportunity to attend an introductory lecture on emergency communication recently held by Mark Lane. Walking into this all I knew, was that I don’t know what I am doing and that I am in dire need to figure it out.
Given the short two-hour window I was impressed with the depth and range on material Mark was able to cover. He discussed the various technologies available on the market; the theory behind how each one functioned, the associated strengths and weaknesses, costs, and provided considerations when looking to purchase. He also took the time to field some group discussion, and shared case studies of various devices used in rescue situations.
In conclusion of Mark’s lecture I was left with a fundamental understanding of what is available and an idea of what I currently need. I highly recommend any one who spends time in the back-country who is not well versed in the variance of what is available in communicators to take the opportunity to attend one of Mark’s lectures.