As explained by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR), all SAR personnel must carry a specific content list of hiking tech tools in their packages. These are “objects that help the bearer work safely, efficiently, and economically during a SAR event. Some items may be worn on the belt, in a pocket, or attached to the person. Here is the recommended minimum equipment for all operations in non-urban or wild areas (offer: nasar.org).
In fact, throughout the evaluation of SAR TECH II competencies, everything on the NASAR list must be updated so that the candidate is. This list consists of specific items for your first aid kit and 50 additional items of necessary equipment. Then there is another list of 14 optional private aids which are recommended but not required. It is interesting to note that in addition to food, this list also contains a set of UV sunglasses, which are often listed under the “ten most important items.”
I prefer a compass with adjustable declination and a detection mirror that can also serve as a signaling mirror. That’s why I chose Suunto MC-2DLIN Navigator for my SARpack. This high quality 2.6 oz. Mirror compass consists of Adjustable declination, Clinometer, clearly visible bezel with self-cleaning bearings. At SAR, we are frequently busy fixing something, tightening or loosening something, cutting something, and possibly improvising something in the field. Together with the many aspects of a fantastic multi-tool, it can be beneficial for the task at hand. I have always been satisfied with the Leatherman tool standard and, of course, the 25-year warranty.
The e-Trex Show is exactly what I initially chose for the SAR Pack because its versions (the e-Trex 10, 20, and 30) are reliable and easy to use units that perform all the functions necessary for search and rescue, without unnecessary frills that could naturally increase costs. Trex GPS units are equipped with a complete base map of North and South America with a positioning accuracy of fewer than three meters. The base map includes rivers, lakes, cities, state and national highways, railways, and coastlines.
Considering that search and rescue teams are often on night missions, which require a continuous beam of light, I selected the most reliable Princeton Tec Apex projector that can be adapted to your lighting needs. And according to my general rule, all the equipment in my package needs the same type of battery – just a sort of replacement – the Apex also fits this bill. Two buttons make it easy to choose the route; The patented heat sink technology allows the LEDs to burn more and more; shines at a distance of approx. 86 m;.
Since one light source is not enough for search and rescue work, I have included a portable device with fire. With a burning time of more than 50 hours, the Princeton-Tec effect XL has a molded and rubberized handle, which allows the lamp to be kept safe under challenging conditions. Like the GPS, the Impact is powered by AA batteries, so you can only take one type of battery with you and replace them when necessary.
Osprey’s Kestrel Series
For Search and Rescue, we need a package that includes our equipment and occasionally additional supplies for the people we send to help. That is why I have chosen a package that is a bit more spacious than I would otherwise do for a “day walk” in my country. I prefer Osprey’s packages because of their exceptional quality and comfort and, of course, the wide availability of equipment. And because everyone at SAR understands that handling our equipment is a constant effort (rather than losing or dropping). With a size range of 2200 – 2300 cubic inches (S/M – M/L), the Kestrel 38 is the perfect size package for 24-hour availability for Search and Rescue staff and is also acceptable for …