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Richardlake - on 16 Jul 2017
Have increasingly felt the need for walkie talkies on multipitch climbs or at noisy or massive crags. Anyone got some recommendations? I guess the ideal ones would be small but robust with something to clip to your harness, and USB chargable. Any thoughts?
summo on 16 Jul 2017
In reply to Richardlake:

3 tugs for safe, 3 for climb. Solved.
mmmhumous on 16 Jul 2017
In reply to Richardlake:

Decathalon usually have a good range at reasonable prices.
Cake on 16 Jul 2017
In reply to mmmhumous:

Yeah, really cheap ones are fine. I used my daughters' £5 ones at Gogarth and they were great. We had to put them in our pockets though.
Steve Clegg - on 16 Jul 2017
In reply to summo:

> 3 tugs for safe, 3 for climb.

or one big tug for "I'm offff..."
Ben Sharp - on 17 Jul 2017
In reply to Richardlake:

We recently switched from pmr to uhf at work and the difference is night and day, they're only £12-15 per radio (retivis) and we can communicate quite easily a couple of miles away through forest. You need a licence for them but they're quite cheap.

The pmr radios (licence free) are ok provided you have perfect line of sight and no interference. I always used to just use tugs and then make sure you both had your phone in case there was any doubt.
Jim Walton on 17 Jul 2017
In reply to Ben Sharp:

we can communicate quite easily a couple of miles away

Wow, thats quite a long rope you have there for that pitch!

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summo on 17 Jul 2017
In reply to Jim Walton:

> Wow, thats quite a long rope you have there for that pitch!

Probably same one up the length of pinnacle ridge.
wercat on 18 Jul 2017
In reply to Ben Sharp:
pmr446 do use UHF 70 centimetre wavelengths - perhaps you mean more powerful UHF radios?

pmr446 are licence free but more powerful sets need an OFCOM licence
Post edited at 08:50
tspoon1981 on 18 Jul 2017
In reply to Richardlake:

I've used the Motorola T80 in winter a few times, pretty robust. I tend to put it in the chest pocket rather than clip it to my harness though.

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