Walkie Talkies for alpine

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JRZane · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2015 · Points: 90

When I first saw people using talkies, I never thought I'd consider using them. Maybe it's my growing age, but I am now thinking I'd like to have a set.

Any thoughts? Also, I'm hoping for a brand/model recommendation of a set that works well enough but won't cost me an obscene amount.


charlienw · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 75

I use them on high wind days, no shame! Onroutes when your partner is out of earshot it just makes everything a little more clear.

Edit: the model I have is called the Motorola talk about I think

Alexander Stathis · · Athens, GA · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 35

There's an older thread about this somewhere.

A lot of people will swear by using rope tugging methods and what-have-you, and while I've used those to great effect, they also seem kind of annoying especially when climbing things that don't involve a lot of ice, cold weather, or multi-day ascents. I understand all of these draws backs, but for short multipitch routes where communication is difficult and there's no reason to not use them, then I don't see any reason to avoid technology just to do things the old fashioned way.

I bought these: Cobra CXT145 and used them when I climbed up Monkey Space, since I had read that the wind could make it hard to communicate. They're the newer version of a pair that was recommended in the old thread I read. They worked amazingly, and I was able to communicate with my belayer (who wasn't super experienced in climbing multipitch and would have not used the rope-tugging methods before) easily and clearly. 10/10 would use again. Just make sure to charge the batteries.

I even tried to tape them up and spray paint them down with some of that spray on rubber stuff to make them grippier and more durable. I wouldn't recommend trying this unless you're a lot more skilled and patient than I am.

Jake wander · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 175

I like them. I use the smallest cheapest ones rei sold at the time. That way I don't care a ton of they get dropped. They have always worked too.

Here they are:

Peter Brown-Whale · · Randallstown, MD · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 20

I have and use the ones Jake wander linked to, particularly when I climb with a less experienced/nervous climber, it's very nice for them to have certain clear commands

Nick Drake · · Newcastle, WA · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 483

We use radios snowmobiling regularly (as you cover so much distance between each other). I've been very impressed by the range of midland GXT1000VP4

John Hegyes · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2002 · Points: 4,820

If you get an amateur radio license you can have access to much better radios (higher power, better antennas, more frequencies, etc). The license is easy to obtain. I don't use radios while actually climbing - I don't often have problems communicating with a partner - yelling commands and rope tugs usually work fine. But I definitely have at least one in my truck. In remote areas, without cell service, there is a much better chance of getting ahold of assistance in an emergency with ham radio.

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