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Old 06-19-20, 11:23 AM
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Did you read/see Into the Wild?

The bus was removed from the backcountry. Some cool photos of it being flown away here.
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Old 06-19-20, 11:39 AM
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They moved the bus

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53106441


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Old 06-19-20, 11:41 AM
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Sorry, soft minds run together (so said a former GF now living in Seattle).




The movie was great.

The Eddie Vedder sound track is superb. Just gave it another listen.
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Old 06-19-20, 11:47 AM
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I'm at the weird point in my life where I can identify both with the kid and his parents (somewhat). The actress who plays the surrogate mother in the RV could be a stunt-double for my wife.
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Old 06-19-20, 11:51 AM
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Looks like we hit post at the same time!

I haven't seen the movie, it's on my list, I need to get around to it. Enjoyed the book and pay much everything Krakaur has written.
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I've never read the book. I wish I knew how to read. Maybe after (or if) I recover from reviewing and then writing grant proposals.

Anyway, you should immediately watch the movie.
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Didn’t a hiker die there after he couldn’t get back because the river he had to cross was impossible?
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Old 06-19-20, 01:45 PM
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Into The Wild was a good read... boy that was a long time ago though.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Didn’t a hiker die there after he couldn’t get back because the river he had to cross was impossible?
Two, and they had to do a lot of rescues.

That's why they decided to throw the bus under the bus.

Turns out we have two threads on this. (Forrest and I both posted at about the same time.)

Did you read/see Into the Wild?
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Wife's grandparents gave it to me for Christmas when it was on the best seller's list. Can't remember if I read this one first or Into Thin Air... both were very descriptive experiences of what it would be like to die in remote locations due to nature.

Didn't see either movie.
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Old 06-19-20, 02:04 PM
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Merged duplicate threads.
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Old 06-19-20, 02:15 PM
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Old 06-19-20, 03:03 PM
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I read the book in the late 90's and was gifted it for my last birthday. It's probably the biggest factor in my wanting a personal locator beacon for my potential Nat'l park tour. I definitely think McCandless was a fool, but I can relate to his desire to want to live off the land.

I do hope they preserve the bus for a public exhibit. It's a very romanticized story.
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Old 06-19-20, 04:50 PM
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Now the rescue chopper shows up; 28 years too late.
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Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
I read the book in the late 90's and was gifted it for my last birthday. It's probably the biggest factor in my wanting a personal locator beacon for my potential Nat'l park tour. I definitely think McCandless was a fool, but I can relate to his desire to want to live off the land.

I do hope they preserve the bus for a public exhibit. It's a very romanticized story.
Before you spend the $$, please be aware of the difference between a PLB and a "SEND" like a SPOT Messenger or Garmin's InReach. Maybe you already do.

Quick summary: a PLB only has one feature, you can call for help and nothing else. The battery lasts about 5 years. Once you pay for it, there's no ongoing fee. An InReach or a SPOT lets you (1) send a bread crumb trail while you hike through the satellites, which can make it a lot easier to find you quickly, (2) send and receive text messages without reception, (3) get detailed weather forecasts without reception, and (4) some can be used for phone navigation. When you call for help, you can provide details about the nature of your emergency. These devices have a monthly fee, and if your subscription is not in good standing, your SOS will not be honored. Also these devices need to be charged regularly. I think a PLB is the better option for emergencies - that's why I have one instead of a satellite enabled notification device. But I would hate for somebody to drop $300 on a PLB thinking it will do things it won't and then find out in the field.
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Old 06-20-20, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Before you spend the $$, please be aware of the difference between a PLB and a "SEND" like a SPOT Messenger or Garmin's InReach. Maybe you already do.

Quick summary: a PLB only has one feature, you can call for help and nothing else. The battery lasts about 5 years. Once you pay for it, there's no ongoing fee. An InReach or a SPOT lets you (1) send a bread crumb trail while you hike through the satellites, which can make it a lot easier to find you quickly, (2) send and receive text messages without reception, (3) get detailed weather forecasts without reception, and (4) some can be used for phone navigation. When you call for help, you can provide details about the nature of your emergency. These devices have a monthly fee, and if your subscription is not in good standing, your SOS will not be honored. Also these devices need to be charged regularly. I think a PLB is the better option for emergencies - that's why I have one instead of a satellite enabled notification device. But I would hate for somebody to drop $300 on a PLB thinking it will do things it won't and then find out in the field.

If I was hiking through the satellites wouldn’t both NORAD and NASA probably know exactly where I was at all times? Also, what’s the point of sending texts if they won’t be received? You said you can send them “without reception.“

Into the Wild was a great story. I don’t admire the protagonist.
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I read the book and watched the movie. Both superb. Can't recommend either of them enough.
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I do wonder if they will erect some manner of remembrance....but then I guess they would be having to rescue people going to see it, instead.

Whatever your opinion of young Mr McCandless was...not too many people have that courage of conviction, or take that long to realize how poorly prepared they are.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Before you spend the $$, please be aware of the difference between a PLB and a "SEND" like a SPOT Messenger or Garmin's InReach. Maybe you already do.

Quick summary: a PLB only has one feature, you can call for help and nothing else. The battery lasts about 5 years. Once you pay for it, there's no ongoing fee. An InReach or a SPOT lets you (1) send a bread crumb trail while you hike through the satellites, which can make it a lot easier to find you quickly, (2) send and receive text messages without reception, (3) get detailed weather forecasts without reception, and (4) some can be used for phone navigation. When you call for help, you can provide details about the nature of your emergency. These devices have a monthly fee, and if your subscription is not in good standing, your SOS will not be honored. Also these devices need to be charged regularly. I think a PLB is the better option for emergencies - that's why I have one instead of a satellite enabled notification device. But I would hate for somebody to drop $300 on a PLB thinking it will do things it won't and then find out in the field.
Oh yes, I fell into that rabbit hole a few nights ago. Still weighing my options there for sure. Thanks for the thorough summary!
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The bus was removed from the backcountry.
They're trying to erase our history!
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Originally Posted by AdkMtnMonster View Post
If I was hiking through the satellites wouldn’t both NORAD and NASA probably know exactly where I was at all times? Also, what’s the point of sending texts if they won’t be received? You said you can send them “without reception.“

Into the Wild was a great story. I don’t admire the protagonist.
Texts and emails can go through the satellite system. A friend of mine bought a SPOT a couple years ago. When he and his wife go on remote backpacking trips, I get a message in the evening saying "made camp" with a link to a map showing where. Definitely appreciated, because these are good friends with questionable judgement.
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Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
Oh yes, I fell into that rabbit hole a few nights ago. Still weighing my options there for sure. Thanks for the thorough summary!
I have a feeling with all these internet satellites being launched, you'll be able to buy something like an InReach with much better service pricing in a year or two. I'd personally go with a PLB again at this point.
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I use the buzzard system it’s free. Just watch for circling buzzards and you find my rotting corpse. That is how bored I am... I just want to hike down a trail and disappear. No problem with social distancing
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I use the buzzard system it’s free. Just watch for circling buzzards and you find my rotting corpse. That is how bored I am... I just want to hike down a trail and disappear. No problem with social distancing
>> you are just a bike ride from NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN where the wild is open & the open is wild
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