I always carry an emergency whistle (a Fox 40 Classic) when I go hiking, one that I tie onto my backpack’s shoulder pad. It’s much much louder than the pathetic whistles that many backpack manufacturers include on sternum straps.
Whistles are much louder than the human voice and their sound carries much further than shouting if you need help. I’ve used them to locate hikers that I’ve gotten separated from and they’re far less tiring that calling out to someone.
Do you carry an emergency whistle when day hiking or backpacking?
- Why do you or don’t you carry one?
- Have you ever used it?