Beacon Salvation - Climbing Magazine

Beacon Salvation


Whether you’re an alpinist, backcountry skier, or traveler, many savvy explorers now rock personal locator beacons, to call the cavalry in emergencies (storm, injury, getting lost, etc.). A light (10oz), super-reliable option is the ACR MICROFIX 406 GPS PERSONAL LOCATOR BEACON ($599, The streamlined MicroFix 406 features just two buttons: one to check the battery and one to activate the 406 MHz emergency signal — simply fl ip up the fl at, stainless-steel antenna and hold the power button for one second. Immediately, a GPS frequency detailing your location — complete with a device-specific signal — is sent via satellite to the nearest rescue authorities.

—Tucker Tyler