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GPS Device Helps Save Fallen Rock Climber

If you think GPS-equipped devices are strictly for bad drivers or novice hikers, you may want to reconsider.

Edmonton, Alberta's Josh Brown, 21, was rescued last week, and is now recovering, from a climbing accident that saw him fall close to thirty feet onto hard ground, according to CTV Calgary. Brown, who suffered fractured ribs and vertebrae, was climbing in Banff National Park when he slipped and faulty equipment failed to prevent his fall. Fortunately, he and his friend Eric Klaszus had brought along a GPS locator, just in case such an event occurred.

After hearing the fall and finding his friend, Klaszus pressed the emergency button on the GPS device. The locator allowed rescuers to find the pair's exact location, and gave them a general idea of what they were going to find when they got there (after all, the pair was climbing in an area of the park called "Phantom Crag").

GPS locators are essential for anyone planning to explore any place that cell signals may not reach. And don't think you're too cool to take one with you. Unless by "cool," you mean "at the bottom of an avalanche." [From: CTV Calgary]

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