Finding yourself up the creek without a paddle (it happens) or stuck on a mountain with an injury is never fun, so safety conscious adventurers may want to check out Fast Find’s Ranger Personal Locator beacon (PLB). Fitting comfortably into the palm of your hand (it weighs just 164 g), it’s small enough to take anywhere. Once activated, it’ll summon emergency assistance to within a few metres of your location via the global 406 MHz search and rescue satellite communication system, COSPAS-SARSAT.
The device doesn’t require a subscription and doesn’t rely on commercial call centres. Other features include a bright LED signal light, six-year battery life, unique ID number and water-resistance down to 10 metres for 5 minutes. Price: about R3 600. Contact SMD Telecommunications on 021-511 0556 or visit www.fastfinplb.com/ranger