Rescue Beacons are something that I have never traditionally used. These days though, you sometimes can’t even enter a Winter trail without one. The way a PLB works is quite simple. When you are in distress you unhinge the safety and set off the beacon. Because the beacon communicates with orbiting satellites you don’t need to worry about reception. There are several agencies that are responsible for picking up the alarm and they will send out this information to the Police and Rescue Teams. Please note that you may be charged $’s for an emergency pickup.PLB

Typically you should hire a beacon. They are expensive to buy and are hard to maintain. Also, new technology is coming out all the time so why lock yourself down.

How to hire:
I have traditionally hired from local places, but now I hire from a national provider, http://www.rescuebeaconhire.co.nz/
The cost to hire is $5 a day. You really only need 1, but it is a good idea to get more dispersed around the team.
Delivery is usually very fast – next day even. You should make sure you book far in advance and that the pickup or delivery date is a few days before you depart.

(TO MAKE A BOOKING:- Click here “Hire Form” and complete the required details, or if you have a query Ph: Mike 021 0294 1521)
If the request is urgent, note that there is next day delivery anywhere in NZ**


Published: April 10, 2015

What to take on a River Journey

To Bring:
Boat equip­ment:
tarp for roof, poles
fly or tarp for second boat
rope (a few types)
fish­ing rods
gaffe tape (for boat repairs and the like)
boat repair kit
air pump
bucket for toss­ing water out of boat
life jack­ets
water­proof pants, jacket and sandals
hel­met (if necessary)
boo­gie board for the floor
water­proof case for phone
Food equip­ment:
chilli bins and frozen water bottles
utensils (fork, spoon, plates, bowl) and knife
Cof­fee, tea, milk powder, salt, oil or butter
dish­wash­ing liquid and brush
Cook­ers and cook­ing equipment:
white spir­its cooker
white spir­its
gas cooker and gas
matches and lighter (in case the matches get wet)
wooden spoon, tongs and ladel
fry­ing pan
2x pots
toi­let paper
sunglasses and a big sunhat
sleep­ing bag and inner bag
pil­low (inflat­able one)
bed matt
head torch with new batteries
wal­let and cell­phone and money
Sun­screen and zinc
Insect repel­lant
water­proof pack liner
water bottles
sand hop­pers (basic­ally shoes)
plastic bags for dirty clothes
cards (500 pack)
Speaker and cable (charge before you go)
iphone\cellphone and headphones
Solar powered USB bat­tery char­ger and cables
pen and notepad
water­proof pack cover
– tooth brush and tooth paste
– deodor­ant
– sham­poo and soap
– plasters for blisters
– lip balm for cracked lips
tshirts, shorts, jumper
water­proof jacket, pants
san­dals or crocs
For when you come out of the river (leave in the car):
Spare clothes and shoes

Published: April 9, 2015