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Old 02-03-2013, 03:36 PM   #71
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Spot costs $99 at REI plus $100 for a years use about $8 a month. At the time we purchased for $7 we received

Gladly we never needed it but used it every day. We would let people know where we were at least each day linking them via google earth. People and students enjoyed visually 'traveling thru Labrador' with us. Ginnybfelt more confident and others enjoyed labrador.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:48 PM   #72
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Mark, your correct none of the back country GPS beacons or avalanche beacons such as Pieps or Ortivox require a subscription to their service. Spot is a little different though in that it is actually a Messaging Beacon. It will send out messages without the need for a phone service to friends or directly to SARs rescue center asking for help and giving your location which the Peps and Ortivox dont do, they will only send out a signal so you can be located if someone reports you or you report yourself lost.

The car in the parking lot after hours without a note in the window indicating when the owner is expected to return is still one of the most frequent ways on the NS that people do get reported missing.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:58 PM   #73
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The sad thing is that the note in the window is also a beacon for vandalism which is on the increase at trail head parking. Rangers in our southern areas are advising hikers (group or single) to file a hike plan with the ranger's office as well as give copies to at least 2 friends or relatives. In the Smokies some of the trail heads have signs posted because of the increase in vehicle break-in's and they don't have the manpower to monitor the lots 24-7.

I tell my daughter and GrandMonkey all the time that we shouldn't be afraid to venture out, but women need to be smart about their surroundings.
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:21 PM   #74
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Rangers in our southern areas are advising hikers (group or single) to file a hike plan with the ranger's office as well as give copies to at least 2 friends or relatives.
Good plan and what they suggest you do here as well. Sadly people often dont. When my partner heads off into the back country for a day or multi day trip they leave photo copies of topo maps with markings on it to show where they plan to go and what day and time they will be back. If they dont text me by the set time the standing orders are to advise SARS right away.

They also are wearing a Ortovex/Pieps type beacon & carrying a separate GPS system that doesnt need phone coverage to work, as well as a lot of other equipment for snow testing and avalanche self rescue, as is everyone they are with - they will not take anyone with them that doesnt have the same equipment & have been formally trained on how to use it.
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This thread sure is having trouble sticking to the main topic.

You could leave a note in your car saying your plan is filed at the nearest ranger station, or with a phone number to a friend who has it. No need to say when you will be back.

Back to topic, though. I've camped alone but mainly in transit from here to there. I'd enjoy camping with a group of women (have plans with a friend soon) but it depends. Definitely no SOTF if dogs aren't allowed. I feel plenty safe in a campground with other people around, especially after my fiercest corgi growls at a few of the shadier characters (in his opinion that includes all men.) But it is nice to have company to cook with and chat with and walk with. But I also don't have any problem backing my trailer or hitching it up or changing a tire.

I really like the idea of the keys as alarm- now that I have a car that has an alarm. I think an air horn in the trailer wouldn't be a bad idea, either.
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:42 PM   #76
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I love camping alone. Some of my favorite adventures have been solo, though I really enjoy when the man comes along too! I also do a lot of all-day biking and hikes alone, too....hmmm, might be a pattern here.

The only thing that gets tiresome is when people exclaim in astonishment that my husband, "allows" me to do this. Not enough rolly eyes.
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The only thing that gets tiresome is when people exclaim in astonishment that my husband, "allows" me to do this. Not enough rolly eyes.
Yeah....as if.

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Old 02-03-2013, 06:11 PM   #78
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Was glad I had the Scamp last summer when, camping my 15-pound dog who has an ear-piercing bark, I had an early morning visitor to my campsite. I think, between me yelling and the dog barking, we scared this little one up the tree. Took him/her about 3-4 minutes to climb down and amble away.

Learning to back up the Scamp has been the best, most freeing thing for me camping solo. Now I don't feel like I have to ask for help coming into camp. Will just have to see how much I retain the skill over the winter with no practice.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:37 PM   #79
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The only thing that gets tiresome is when people exclaim in astonishment that my husband, "allows" me to do this..
Yup hear it a lot!! LOL as if they could stop us! LOL
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Aside from a standard assortment of tools, are there any particular tools/supplies you have wished you had or now carry because you camp alone?
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I guess I may have already mentioned the fact that I have been camping solo for many years. Until I bought my 13' Trillium, about 25 years ago, I had never towed (or backed) a trailer. I was not a 'young' woman at that time......and I'm even a less 'young' woman now.

You have to use your head when travelling alone....Be aware of your surroundings...and error on the side of caution sometimes. Think through what you want to do, where you want to go. Then do it! You can't live your life afraid of what 'might' happen.

Don't let a new experience scare you off. You will conquer new skills, meet wonderful people and stretch your mind.
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Well said Noreen.
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Aside from a standard assortment of tools, are there any particular tools/supplies you have wished you had or now carry because you camp alone?
I carry a few things that I didnt carry a first but purchased after one event or another that required me to ask strangers for help.

1) folding step - need it to be able to reach right up to my awning - which every once in awhile give me a hard time and I need to be able to reach up and open the top awning cover up to sort it out.

2) leveling blocks - to put under the front jack wheel to stop it from sinking into gravel or for when the trailer is parked at a top of a hill and you get it unhooked ok but when you go to hook back up you cant crank up high enough to get it onto the ball. Need to ask someone to help lift the tongue to get it on the ball if you dont use leveling blocks under the wheel.
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2) leveling blocks - to put under the front jack wheel to stop it from sinking into gravel or for when the trailer is parked at a top of a hill and you get it unhooked ok but when you go to hook back up you cant crank up high enough to get it onto the ball. Need to ask someone to help lift the tongue to get it on the ball if you dont use leveling blocks under the wheel.
Can't be emphasized enuf for solos of both sexes. Always saves trouble to keep some elevation reserve in your tongue jack (baulk of wood, multiple pads of dimension lumber, concrete block, etc. placed under your tongue jack foot before jacking coupler off the ball) or (for when you forget) have a method of counter-jacking (using a secondary wheel jack or jackstands to hold tongue weight while the tongue jack foot is raised free of ground and the forgotten "elevator shoes" placed. Men and women who can pick up 250-300lb tongue weight even a couple of inches without injury are pretty thin on the ground so thinking ahead about this possible hitch glitch is important when dealing with our fiberglass campers over 13' in length.

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