On a recent winter backpacking trip there was some confusion and danger of separation of the group.
The group had not walked together before. Some members were not very experienced, while others were quite fit.
The group separated several times, during night time. Later days there were fogs.
This gets me wandering, is there a standard set of signals between mountaineers in the range 500m - 10km with a flashlight. As, for example, this site, demonstrates body signalling at distance.
Here is a list of the messages that I anticipate to be often useful in hiking, climbing emergencies:
- We are here. (Because of poor visibility) we will stay stationary. Safety is this way. We are waiting for you.
- Who are you?
- I am number 8.
- I am the last in the walking line.
- I understand and agree.
- I do not understand or do not agree.
- How are you doing?
- Everything is OK, we are proceeding as planned.
- We have a problem, but there is no danger.
- We are in danger. Help.
Most people can't work with Morse code, and even a printed sheet of the code would be impractical without previous training.
My question is is there a similar system of signals? Something like a circle with the flashlight, pointing something with the beam or a cross with the flashlight.