I have never actually used one. But, I would like to get one for some of my forays... An example of when I "might" have needed one.... A couple years ago me and a couple friends Skied into the Bradley Hut up in Lake Tahoe. On the way out I took a tumble and was hurting pretty good. I tore my MCL and thought I had fractured my hip. I was a good three miles from the road. We were debating if they were going to have to leave me behind to go for help. The pain eventually wore off enough I was able to ski out on my own. I couldnt walk the next day... The area gets a fair amount of people snowshoeing for the day and I am sure others would have come across me. But, (as a WEMT myself) it would take a LOT of work to get a 210 lb guy out of the backcountry without a stretcher or snowmobile. Had I not been able to get myself out. I would have had to pull out my sleeping pad and sleeping bag and waited a couple of hours for my friends to get out to the road, then get to cell reception, then wait for rescue. It wold be real ease to succumb to hypothermia in that time. Not to mention any possible internal bleeding from a fractured hip... So, I can definitely see a use for these in my life. But like in the other threads.... It is not something I want to rely on as my only source. It needs to be a life and death situation....
Originally Posted by Mashurst
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." --- Mark Twain