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Lost and Exhausted Hiker Activates Their PLB

-41.5516666°S, 172.5408333°E

Posted on February 22, 2023 by Emily Thompson

What happened?

I was on a mountain adventure by myself tackling a pretty challenging summit Mount Owen, Nelson. When I got to the hut, I left everything behind apart from my safety gear (including my personal locator beacon), water, and a light jacket. I went to do the last four hour push at about 3pm.

I nailed the steep climb up to the summit by 5pm. Excited, though a bit tired after 10 hours, started walking down what I thought was the right track. It was marked by rock towers..

The Rock Towers

I should have been using a map as well.. but hindsight comes to us all.

The clouds came down and visibility became a little tough.. I realized I wasn’t where I was meant to be about 15 minutes in and tried to back track but couldn’t see any way back that I recognized.

Deciding to try to get a better look so I hit ridge after ridge until 3 hours had past of me trying when I realized I was lost and not in a safe situation..

Feeling really stupid.. I knew I could keep trying but I was exhausted and starting to panic..

It was about 8pm at this stage. I decided I needed press the button on my personal locator beacon and within an hour a helicopter picked me up. They were amazing and assured me I had done the right thing and at the right time. I was so thankful I had the PLB with me… It would have been very different without it! 

Words of wisdom

Value your life enough to be prepared. Have what you need with you at all times because you never know! Things happen even to the experienced outdoor adventurers.

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Thank you so much for creating amazing products to give us better adventures and that keep us safe!

Rescue location

Mount Owen, Tasman 7077, New Zealand

Rescue team

Local Search and Rescue

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