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Hi All

First trip to Japan and I would like to do some back country skiing. How do emergency coms work? I will be in Hokkaido. I understand cheap prepay mobiles are not available, can you hire an epirb? Preparing for safe travel beacons, shovels, probes, first aid ect. Just want to know if I can cover my butt if it goes pear shaped or is there no BC rescue available? Thanks in advance
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If you go with a tour company, they will hook you up with everything you need, for a price. I don't know of any outfit that would just rent you BC gear and see you on your way.

As far as I know EPIRB is not even legal for use by the public. Some people have it as they would rather be alive to deal with pissed off authorities over this.

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Thanks for the advice. We will be bringing all of our own gear to Japan. Happy to provide for my own safe travel without a guide just trying to determine if the worst were to happen are we on our own?
I am confused EPIRBS are illegal in Japan? Is there anyone heading out for a hike on a regular basis that uses something besides a local phone? Cheers –Dan-

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Are SPOT devices available/legal in Japan?

Depending on what phone you have you should be able to use yours.

Going BC in Japan without a guide initially would be something I would not do if this was my 1st trip. Perhaps you have years of experience in 12m+ of snow.

Its not just the obvious risks. Here's a pic from this season. Hot spring fed creek under the snow in the BC... Lucky its the start of the season with a couple meters of snow and not a 10m drop which it will be later in the season.



http://www.snowjapan...04-man-in-hole/
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That reminds me of my now world-famous "Monkey in a bucket" thread!

http://www.snowjapan...-a-bucket-2013/
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Haha was thinking about putting it in there Pie - eater but wasnt sure if it fitted in.
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Hmm yes you must have struggled with that.

Not sure humans fit in with the "Monkey in a bucket" theme, and the snow isn't a container of any kind either is it.

So ultimately a good choice I think.

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