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Survival Weekly – 3/4/15…

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Welcome to another edition of Survival Weekly, where the real wilderness survival “reality show” plays out everyday, in the wild places around our world. These unscripted stories will give you insight to the true threats and challenges you may face in your outdoor pursuits. So sit back, relax, and read on to get a dose of reality to sharpen your most valuable survival tool. – BPO

Featured – 

Meth and getting rescued don’t mix well. Injured SAR team member wins lawsuit – http://patch.com/california/lakeforest-ca/injured-search-and-rescue-volunteer-settles-suit-against-lost-trabuco-hiker

News – 

Northwest Alaska SAR reports – http://www.thearcticsounder.com/article/1509search-and-rescue_teams_have_busy_week

Winter Sports – 

Injured snowmobiler rescued http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=33627100

Another injured snowmobiler rescued – http://www.kelownanow.com/watercooler/news/news/Central_Okanagan/15/02/28/Snowmobiler_with_Serious_Back_Injury_Rescued_Near_Peachland

Hiking – 

Search ends for missing hiker http://www.cbs8.com/story/28199875/rescue-crews-continue-search-in-the-east-county-for-missing-hiker

Stranded hikers rescued http://www.8newsnow.com/story/28191782/metro-releases-chopper-video-of-search-for-stranded-hikers

Injured hiker rescued – http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/28214913/search-and-rescue-teams-help-hiker-at-tanque-verde-falls

Lost hikers rescued – http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/two-women-rescued-from-mangerton-mountain-in-kerry-1.2121814

Helicopter rescue of stranded climbers – http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/03/01/helicopter-assists-in-rescue-of-2-men-who-fell-down-hill-in-marin-county/

Injured hikers rescued – http://www.cknw.com/2015/03/01/66818/

Another injured hiker rescued – http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/03/03/dsc-search-rescue-team-helps-man-who-fell-40-feet-in-red-cliffs-recreation-area/#.VPfKF_lQMsM

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Hunter-gatherer – 

Stranded hunters rescued – https://www.adn.com/article/20150225/extensive-search-finds-interior-hunters-safe-after-two-nights-missing

Climbing – 

Injured climber rescued https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/502759/ben-nevis-rescue-effort-underway/

Stranded climber rescued http://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/article/?id=40699

Climber rescued – http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2015/03/01/3514154/climber-stuck-on-morro-rock.html

Water Safety – 

Two sailors rescued – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-27/two-men-rescued-after-boat-runs-aground-cape-barren/6268846

Coast guard rescues nine sailors – http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/coast-guard-rescues-nine-sailors/article6952639.ece

Vehicles – 

Fatality at river crossing in Mammoth Cave – http://www.wbko.com/news/headlines/Search-and-Rescue-at-Mammoth-Cave-National-Park-294909821.html

Multiple vehicle SAR’s – http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/local/2015/02/28/county-search-rescue-busy-saturday-calls/24206407/

Stranded man rescued – http://elkodaily.com/news/search-and-rescue-team-locates-stranded-new-yorker/article_fac7b81a-7f93-50b9-b08c-00b6e382c7d4.html

Urban – 

Missing dementia and Alzheimer’s patients –  

Interested in learning skills to handle emergencies like the ones you read in Survival Weekly?  Check out BigPig Outdoors Survival 101 class  – http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/survival-101-1.htm

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Whistlemania III – Slippery When Wet…

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 If you are a boater, raft guide, lifeguard, sailor, swift water rescuer, or anyone that works around water, this episode is for you. I guess since 70 percent of the earth is covered by water, then this episode is really for everyone.

So crank up the Bon Jovi as our our gladiators hit the lake to find out which liked to wet their whistles and which ones needed water wings…

Test 1:  I pulled out my life jacket from my old raft guiding days, strapped it on, and went into the drink. The test was simple. Completely submerge and then see how many blasts it took to clear the whistle of water when I popped up.

Test 2: Some manufacturers boast that their whistle floats. I think this is a non issue, since it should be attached to your lifejacket by a lanyard. I tested them anyway.

Test 3: Some manufacturers claim their whistles work underwater.

According to http://www.stormwhistles.com/ “It’s patented design allows the Storm whistle to be heard up to fifty feet underwater, due to its unique sounding chamber forcing out all water when the whistle is blown.” 

I assume this is just boasting about the easy clearance as I am not aware of any practical value of underwater whistle blowing. Anyway, I went under and tried them out.

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How did they do? Scroll on down to find your pick..

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Jetscream Micro – 2 blasts to clear, floated, worked underwater

ACME 660 – 2 blasts to clear, floated, worked under water

Fox 40 Classic – 1 blast to clear, floated, worked under water

ACME Tornado 635 –  2 blasts to clear, floated, did not work underwater

Hammerhead – 1 blast to clear, floated, worked under water

Tin Whistle –  2 blasts to clear, sinker, did not work underwater

Fox 40 Mini – 1 blast to clear, floated, worked under water

AMK or SOL or Fox 40 Micro –  2 blasts to clear, floated, worked underwater

ACME Tornado 636 –  2 blasts to clear, floated, worked underwater

SOL Slim Rescue Howler –  2 blasts to clear, floated, worked underwater

ACR – 3 blasts to clear, floated, worked underwater

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Coghlan’s 5 in 1 Survival Aid – 3 blasts to clear, floated, did not work underwater

Zipper Pull Whistle – 4 blasts to clear, sinker, did not work underwater

Coghlan’s 4 in 1 Whistle – 2 blasts to clear, sinker, did not work underwater

Sternum Strap Whistle – 2 blasts to clear, sinker, worked underwater

LMF Swedish Firesteel Army 2.0 –  4 blasts to clear, sinker, worked underwater

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Windstorm – 1 blast to clear, floated, worked under water

Hammerhead Mighty – 1 blast to clear, floated, worked under water

Lifejacket Whistle – 3 blasts to clear, floated, worked underwater

FOX 40 Eclipse – 1 blast to clear, floated, worked under water

Storm – 1 blast to clear, floated, worked under water

Scotty Lifesaver – 1 blast to clear, floated, worked under water

ACME Tornado 2000 – 1 blast to clear, floated, worked under water

FOX 40 Sonic Blast – 1 blast to clear, floated, worked under water

UST Jetscream – 1 blast to clear, floated, worked under water

Whistles for Life – 2 blasts to clear, floated, worked underwater

Promo whistle –  2 blasts to clear, floated, worked underwater

FOX 40 Sharx – 1 blast to clear, floated, worked under water

ACME Cyclone 888 – 1 blast to clear, floated, worked under water

ACME 649 – 1 blast to clear, floated, worked under water

Test 1 Observations:

  • 1st blasters – Easy. The pealess, like the Fox series, seemed a little easier than versions with a pea
  • 2nd blasters – It wasn’t too hard to clear them. I wouldn’t discount a 2nd blaster
  • 3rd blasters – I found it funny that the “Lifejacket” whistle ended up here
  • 4th blasters – Both are multi-purpose and not likely to be your water rescue whistle

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Test 2 Observations: 

  • Shame on you if your whistle is not tethered or clipped to your jacket as it could be dropped, swept away by the current, or waves.
  • Realistically, the sternum strap, zipper pull, and ferro rod striker are attached to something that may float or may sink

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Test 3 Observations:

  • Both the Storm and the Windstorm did seem to perform best underwater. If you have gills then maybe these are the whistles for you.

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Tune in next week to see how your pick fares..

If you are late to the party and need to catch up, click the following links;

Whistlemania I – https://bigpigblog.com/2014/05/05/whistlemania-i/

Whistlemania II – https://bigpigblog.com/2014/05/15/whistlemania-ii-the-iceman-cometh/

Whistlemania II – The Iceman Cometh…

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What happens when you hold Whistlemania II in sub-freezing conditions? Carnage.. frozen carnage.

Right now it is 59 degrees and raining, so I had to create the sub-freezing arena. First, I gave the Whistlers a good dunking.

You may wonder why I didn’t save up and store a quart of saliva for “real-world” testing. I would be lying if I said the thought didn’t cross my mind, but my wife already has enough stories to attest to my grossness without adding any more.

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I then pulled them out of the water for a quick shake and dumped the water out of the box. The whistles were then placed in my freezer for two days, rooming next to some deer and hogs.

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I recognize that this experiment does not exactly replicate coating a whistle with spittle in freezing temps, but it still holds value in my book. In a ways this may be more extreme due to complete immersion.

Some manufacturers claim that their whistle does not absorb water..

Will the pea in the whistle swell if exposed to water?

Absolutely not! This is a myth perpetuated in the manufacturing industry to try and differentiate various products. We use pore-filled natural cork. The pore filling process closes any natural voids found in cork, giving it a consistent sealed surface. Water coats the cork, but does not penetrate to any signifigant volume. We have tested whistles submerged for over a week and they perform exactly as a dry whistle. The 2 additional pea-less chambers will also operate in any weather or survival condition. http://www.whistlesforlife.com/whistles.html

And another claims their pea to be resistant to freezing..

The Pea whistle has always been flawed – until now.

Users have always found the peas in their whistles to jam, freeze, or deteriorate quickly under regular use. This is because the peas that are in standard whistles today are made out of corks – or similar moisture-absorbent materials. The wooden cork peas in conventional pea whistles absorb wet agents, such as saliva and moisture in the air, which in turn creates mold. Hammerhead peas are constructed out of materials that fight mold and bacteria.

Hammerhead peas are waterproof, specially weighted, and designed to outlast the competition in any weather condition. No more jamming, no more freezing! http://www.bestwhistle.com/#!__pea-technology

Myths, marketing, and mayhem, they may be cold, but they’re ready to rumble..

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Jetscream Micro – Pass

ACME 660 – Pea froze, but whistle still worked

Fox 40 Classic – Failed due to ice blockage

ACME Tornado 635 –  Pass

Hammerhead –  Pea froze, but whistle still worked

Tin Whistle –  Failed due to ice blockage. This was the only metal whistle tested, but the concern for metal sticking to your lips in freezing temps might have some validity. Here is a quote about the problem during the “Ice Bowl”  –

Referee Norm Schachter had a metal whistle freeze to his lips. When he tried to rip it free, it took the skin off his lip, leaving a frozen, bloody lip! Referees then had to simply yell out commands instead of blowing the whistle to end plays.

http://www.weather.com/outlook/weather-news/news/articles/five-worst-weather-nfl-super-bowls-title-games_2012-02-02?page=6

Fox 40 Mini – Pass

AMK or SOL or Fox 40 Micro –  Pass

ACME Tornado 636 –  Pass

SOL Slim Rescue Howler –  Failed due to ice blockage

ACR – Failed due to ice blockage

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Coghlan’s 5 in 1 Survival Aid – Pea froze, but whistle still worked

Zipper Pull Whistle – Pass

Coghlan’s 4 in 1 Whistle – Pass

Sternum Strap Whistle – Failed due to ice blockage

LMF Swedish Firesteel Army 2.0 –  Failed due to ice blockage

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Windstorm – Pea froze, but whistle still worked

Hammerhead Mighty – Pea froze, but whistle still worked

Lifejacket Whistle – Pass

 FOX 40 Eclipse – Failed due to ice blockage

 Storm – Pea froze, but whistle still worked

 Scotty Lifesaver – Pea froze, but whistle still worked. Failed to blow over 100 decibels.

ACME Tornado 2000 – Pass

 FOX 40 Sonic Blast – Pass

 UST Jetscream – Pass

 Whistles for Life – Pea froze, but whistle still worked

Promo whistle –  Failed due to ice blockage

FOX 40 Sharx – Pass

 ACME Cyclone 888 – Pass

ACME 649 – Pass

BigPig Outdoors Pseudo-scientific Opinionated Conclusions:

1. Peas may freeze, but the whistles still worked. All the “frozen pea” whistles blew over 100 decibels at arm’s length on the meter.

2. Tiny air channels hold water that may freeze and cause blockage. ACR, SOL Slim, and the Promo have the tiniest air channels.

3. Carrying your whistle around your neck and under your coat in cold weather should remedy all problems.

4. I have not had a freeze up in actual conditions, nor have I read about any in an outdoor emergency scenario. If you have a first hand account of a whistle freezing up or can link an article, please share your experience in the comment section.

Tune in next week for Whistlemania III and if you missed the first one, go here: https://bigpigblog.com/2014/05/05/whistlemania-i/