For a Non-Emergency, Call Yuppie 911

Oct 26, 2009
Outside Magazine

A new trend in the outdoors world is the overuse of locator beacons, according to an article published by Edge Philadelphia. Nowadays, the technology of these beacons allows hikers and adventurers to transmit help messages from practically anywhere. Unfortunately, this include novices and, well, wimps. The article details how one group radioed for help three different times while hiking in the Grand Canyon. One of their "emergency situations"? The water they found tasted too salty. These kind of calls, and ones from people taking unnecessary risks, have become so prevalent that rescue workers have dubbed the beacons 'Yuppie 911.'

-- Lisa Lombardi

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