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A friend whose brother sadly is in the early stages of dementia has a tag through which the can access his location. It sounds a bit big brother (no pun intended)  but they have already had reason to be glad of it when he became disorientated.
Presumably it is something like this
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/10029205/GPS-tags-for-dementia-patients.html


I've no idea if you can 'buy' one


This too needs a mobile phone signal
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Yorkshire Dales & Moors / Re: Reaps cross, Calderdale
« Last post by sunnydale on Today at 20:54:33 »
Nice pics pleb O0
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News and Articles / Re: National Geographic Film - Free Solo
« Last post by Jac on Today at 20:53:50 »

Funny you should say that, I watched the film with increasingly wet undies


 :buck2: :2funny:


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General Walking Discussion / Re: Ice axe for winter walking
« Last post by BuzyG on Today at 20:52:38 »
That looks like a decent walking axe. In would recommend going into a store and handling one before you buy.  Mine is a Basic Grivel Walking axe and has a equally simple plastic sheath converting the area where you natrualy hold the axe when walking.  This means that far less heat is transferred out of your hand into the metal head of the axe, so your hand warmer. You also need to ensure the axe is the correct length as a walking axe is a walking stick for stealer ground, hence longer than a climbing axe and in proportion to your height.


 Unles you are walking on pretty steep ground, then you might be better off using micro spkess not full Crampons.  I have used my axe and micro spikes a number of times now on Dartmoor.  I can't ever envisage a situation where Crampons would be either more suitable or safer.


I have recently added a pair of C1 crampons to my winter walking kit, however the only time I will be carrying them will be on much steeper slopes such as shodonia, Lakes and North of the border.
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A friend whose brother sadly is in the early stages of dementia has a tag through which the can access his location. It sounds a bit big brother (no pun intended)  but they have already had reason to be glad of it when he became disorientated.
Presumably it is something like this
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/10029205/GPS-tags-for-dementia-patients.html


I've no idea if you can 'buy' one
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I have an inreach, I got it to carry on my solo trips to remote parts of Scandinavia. As already said it has a panic button which sends an SOS message to a control in the US, they then try to text you to find out what's wrong. This information is then past to the local rescue coordinators.
You get a webpage on their site - which you can control who has access. Anyone who does have access can go online and "ping you" i.e. track your latest position. You can vary the frequency of logged positions - there is a charge per logged point 10 cent I think. The default setting is every two minutes, I have mine set to every two hours.
You can send and receive text messages, if you use pre-set messages their free, but if you want to write one out then there is a small charge per message. I have "I'm setting off", "Just checking in everything's fine" and "back in civilization finished walking"  and one or two others as pre set messages. 
It just clips to you and you can forget about it. The battery will last for about a week between recharging, I use either a solar panel or a powerpack (Anker) device.
You can also get a weather forecast (very basic) and very basic maps so your device can be used as a basic GPS ( I have a better GPS so don't bother with this feature).
There is a monthly subscription charge from $18, you can suspend your subscription for month's you're not using your device. 


The SPOT is another very similar device, I'm not sure who own's them. Inreach is owned by Garmin.     
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I don't know who you are, but I am getting the feeling you are doing 'Something Significant'.  So why not tap into that and get sponsored by a company that sells these devices?  It could be a major coup for them to have someone walking a huge journey, they could map it, use it as a long term testbed or demo.  You get the idea.  Just a thought.


Or, if you want to go nice and cheap then think dog...... https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00F8A1ZBA/ref=asc_df_B00F8A1ZBA57546854/?tag=googshopuk-21&creative=22110&creativeASIN=B00F8A1ZBA&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309950281379&hvpos=1o4&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5530359228153880513&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006739&hvtargid=pla-578440637272&th=1&psc=1


We use one on our Beagle, and it is only about a fiver a month and a 30 outlay.


I would try the sponsorship route though.
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Gear / Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
« Last post by gunwharfman on Today at 20:35:53 »
I know what you mean, I too now have trusty and reliable items and would never think of upgrading them. But there is always the temptation to buy the new item, these days I'm pretty good at saying no!
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Gear / Re: New Boots
« Last post by gunwharfman on Today at 20:29:54 »
I'm grateful for your views, my desire to buy the Renegades had actually started to wane since I last wrote in, the weakness of the boot that you have mentioned has been identified in a few reviews on line as well. As it stands, I now feel what I have to decide is, is my priority to buy a pair of waterproof boots, or decide that walking comfort is more important? It doesn't look like I can get both equally but I'll still look anyway.

At my age I cannot guarantee that I will be able to keep hiking as much I have done in previous years, so I have no real desire to buy 'expensive'. I'm still going to look at boots about 100 or so, a bit more if they appear to be 'good enough!'

I'm now going to leave the matter alone until after the new year and then decide.

The same with tents, I was keen to buy a Naturehike one man tent, but after looking at the Wild Country Hive, which seems a reasonable price, (I already have experience with their Zephyros One tent) I may now go for this model?

Decision making January or February 2019.
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