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Motorcycle communication systems for climbing?

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Pavel Burov · · Russia · Joined May 2013 · Points: 50

Hi! Is there anybody have tried to utilize motorcycle communication systems (e.g., Sena 20S EVO - ) in multi-pitch or big wall climbing? For sure I am not interested in BlueTooth functionality, but intercom (like walkie-talkie).

How does it integrate into climbing helmet? How good or bad voice quality is (e.g. due to the wind)? How convenient is it overall?

PatMas · · Tulsa, OK · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 0

I have never used it for climbing but I do use it on my motorcycle and they are a pretty sweet set up for that purpose. I would actually recommend the smaller low profile version SMH10R. The bigger ones get caught on everything even on a motorcycle helmet. I can even imagine having the bigger bulbous one on a climbing helmet trying to get through a chimney. 

These are gonna be way more expensive than a standard walkie talkie. And if you have more than one partner, will be very time consuming to move from helmet to helmet. 

Bottom line: Don’t do it. Either yell or get a decent walkie set from Best Buy.

J W · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2004 · Points: 1,535

I used to use walkie talkies and then just got over the hassle of it- between batteries and channel surfing when you're in really popular areas like Yosemite, it's just not worth it.

better, imho, to just have a plan in the case of not being able to hear your partner.

Jason4Too · · Bellingham, Washington · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 0

I've been really happy with using BCA radios with the mic clipped to a pack strap and the radio itself in my pack.  Either that or simul-climbing roulette (are you or aren't you?).  

Good communication is key in the mountains.

Pavel Burov · · Russia · Joined May 2013 · Points: 50

Simul-climbing is kinda the way to go on alpine routes. For sure we do it a lot. Although I do not feel any need in some voice communications when simul-climbing. It is more about windy wandering wall routes. Also it is about arboristic work. Kinda trying to fugure out is there any universal solution for both worlds. Something like with integrated Sena communication system. How convenient it could be in alpine walls applications.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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