Magazine article Geographical

Ten of the Best

Magazine article Geographical

Ten of the Best

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You don't spend two months on a rock in the Outer Hebrides without some very specialised equipment. For Nick Hancock case, this included rescue gear, robust communication tools, a winch capable of pulling a moose, wind turbines to provide power, and a stainless steel anchor that almost certainly saved his life ...

1. Winch

PCW3000 portable capstan winch 1,150 [pounds sterling]/9.5 kilograms

A great piece of kit that is light enough to be highly portable. A constant pulling power of 700 kilograms is designed for pulling moose out of forests, it easily handled my RockPod.

2. Buoyancy aid

Safequip Rescue Pro PFD 96 [pounds sterling]/2.3 kilograms

Specifically designed for swift water rescue, this personal flotation device (PFD) is manufactured in a durable ripstop fabric. It is fitted with a couple of pockets, two removable crotch straps and a SOLAS reflective panel.

3. Satellite phone

Inmarsat Isatphone 2 640 [pounds sterling]/318 grams

This robust satellite handset offers up to eight hours' talk time. It will operate from -20[degrees]C to 55[degrees]C, has a humidity tolerance of up to 95 per cent, and is resistant to dust, splashes and shock.

4. Descender

Petzl I'D S [sic] 160 [pounds sterling]/530 grams

A great control for your winch system, this self-braking descender has an anti-panic function: if the user pulls the handle too hard, it will automatically stop the descent. Thanks to its pivoting cam, this descender can lower loads weighing up to 250 kilograms.

5. BGAN terminal

Cobham Explorer 710 4,300 [pounds sterling]/3.5 kilograms

Small, light and with a streaming speed of 650kbps, it's the first device to use Inmarsat's new high data transfer rate. It can be linked to a smartphone to enable voice and internet connectivity.

6. Equipment barrel

Smiths of the Forest of Dean 30 litre clamp top drum 14 [pounds sterling]/1. …

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