Do you Carry an Emergency Whistle When Hiking?

Hiking on the AT with my trusty Fox 40 Whistle
Hiking on the AT with my trusty Fox 40 Whistle

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.

The Question:

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?

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