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Fear NOT...Solo Hiker's Best Whistle for Safety

lizlane

Small Town Girl, Small Town World
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2019
I bought this whistle for personal safety for my training and to wear on the Camino. It weighs one ounce. If a flasher exposes their person to you in the city, this whistle is so supremely loud, I only blow it at public pools to scare the kids and out in the country so I will be practiced in blowing it. It will hurt your own ears. The disclaimer at the bottom where it says "Extremely loud" is an understatement.

 
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Original Camino Way markers made in bronze. Two models, one from Castilla & Leon and the other from Galicia.
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Year of past OR future Camino
Us:Camino Frances, 2015 Me:Catalan/Aragonese, 2019
On the manufacturer's website they say that they are a certified women's business.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2018
I bought this whistle for personal safety for my training and to wear on the Camino. It weighs one ounce. If a flasher exposes their person to you in the city, this whistle is so supremely loud, I only blow it at public pools to scare the kids and out in the country so I will be practiced in blowing it. It will hurt your own ears. The disclaimer at the bottom where it says "Extremely loud" is an understatement.

I love the idea that it works under water - perfect for Galicia!
 

RumAndChupacabras

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Jul-Sept 2019: Six weeks in Northern Spain.
Apr 2018 Asturias
May 2016 CP: Portuguese
A whistle is an excellent 'tool'. ONCE I used a powerful whistle and it was so loud that it seriously, hurt MY ears. It was one of these...just sayin'
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Luka

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Year of past OR future Camino
Pelgrimspad I, Via Monastica, Via Podiensis, Via de la Plata, Camino Francés, Camino del Norte...
Great whistle :)

Those who have backpacks with a sternum strap, check your buckle to see if the manufacturer incorporates a bit of a whistle into it. Osprey does this, and so do several other brands.
I trust on my Osprey whistle on a path that crowded as the Camino Francés.
 

J F Gregory

Portugal Central - October 2019
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances (March-April,2016) finished, (October 2019) Portuguese Central Route.
I have used a whistle when my wife was injured on the trail in a U. S. national park. I am not sure who heard it but we had help about 20 minutes after blowing the rangers came and transported my wife to a safe place. We never hike or walk with out one.
 

MaineSally

MaineSally
Year of past OR future Camino
Cam Frances SJPDP to Santiago ('17): Finisterre ('17); Muxia ('17): Camino Portuguese ('19)
I bought this whistle for personal safety for my training and to wear on the Camino. It weighs one ounce. If a flasher exposes their person to you in the city, this whistle is so supremely loud, I only blow it at public pools to scare the kids and out in the country so I will be practiced in blowing it. It will hurt your own ears. The disclaimer at the bottom where it says "Extremely loud" is an understatement.

Great advice whether you're injured or warding off unwanted advances of people/dogs I used the whistle to deter an approaching dog. He took off like a shot.
 
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lizlane

Small Town Girl, Small Town World
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2019
We carry Storm whistles on all or our scout first aid kits. Great whistle. Do not use inside. o_O

YES please forgive me for not including that warning in my initial post! It is not designed for indoors. I wouldn't use it around dogs either because they have sensitive ears unless they are charging you.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances (Aug 1, 2019)
Great whistle :)

Those who have backpacks with a sternum strap, check your buckle to see if the manufacturer incorporates a bit of a whistle into it. Osprey does this, and so do several other brands.

Thank you for that! I got an Osprey Jib35 at a yard sale and YouTubed a review of it, looking for this feature I'd been told Ospreys had. No could find anything hanging or attached but JUST found it thanks to your "incorporated into the buckle." Got 4 dogs barking and storming the front window. 😅👿👿👿👿
 

Paul J W

Paul J
Year of past OR future Camino
Miscellaneous camino routes since 2000.
It is worth noting that the international distress call (used, for instance, if immobilised and off track) is six blasts of a whistle, repeated every minute. If heard, the response is three blasts. The series of six blasts should be continued until (you are) located. At night a similar signal may be deployed using a torch. For obvious reasons, should a helicopter assist in a rescue, the torch should be directed to the ground and not the helicopter.
 

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